Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FILCOLS @ Taboan Writers Festival 2012 held in Pampanga

FILCOLS set up a booth at the Taboan Writers Festival 2012 held at the Fontana Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga last February 9. Authors and cultural workers from all over the country were present at the event. Most of them were able to interact with FILCOLS and took home copies of IPOPHL IEC materials and FILCOLS membership forms. German Gervacio of Mindanao State University-Iligan and Hope Sabanpan Yu of University of San Carlos Cebu and Cebuano Studies Center signed up on the spot. Both are creative writers and have numerous published research works on Philippine culture and culture of their respective regions.

Professor Yu brought up the FILCOLS’ request for assistance in finding the heirs of Marcel Navarra, a writer from Carcar, Cebu whose major work in the Cebuano language is still being used in the universities until today. She said this year, FILCOLS will get updates on the whereabouts of the heirs. A cultural event will be held in Carcar, Cebu and she said that FILCOLS is very welcome to participate.

The activities of Taboan Pampanga include a conference, a book bazaar, performances by local artists' groups, and, for the first time ever, a food-and-culture tour on the last day of the Festival.

Taboan Writers Festival 2012, an open to the public event, is organized by NCCA and UP ICW. Below is a copy of the sessions that happened on Feb. 9.

8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Ingress of Book Fair/FILCOLS Booth

9:00 – 10:00
Opening Program with performances by Systems Plus College Foundation

Ms. Cecile Yumul, Master of Ceremonies

Opening Remarks
Hon. Lilia Pineda, Governor of Pampanga

Welcome Message
Hon. Edgardo Pamintuan, Mayor of Angeles City

Conference Address
Mr. Felipe Remollo, President of Clark Development Corporation (CDC)

Performance by Mr. Ysagani Ybarra

TABOAN Pampanga Overview
Dr. Juliet Mallari, Festival Director

10:00 – 11:30

Rizal and the Filipino Imagination

National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario takes a look at Jose Rizal as a writer and cultural icon, recognizing his influence on Filipino writers and artists across generations.

11:30 – 1:00

1:00 – 2:45 Parallel Sessions

Under 35: Young Writers & Their Milieu
Jose Rizal was 35 years old when he died. What are our under-35 writers doing and thinking? How do they see themselves vis-a-vis Rizal and the nation? Some of our youngest writers speak about contemporary concerns.

F. Jordan Carnice, Paul Alfonse Marquez, Marvin Mejaro, Chuvic Monserate
Moderated by Haidee Emmie Palapar

Toward a Filipino Aesthetic: Our Words, Ourselves
What standards do writers and critics use to assess situations in Philippine literature? How do these standards evolve? How do young writers and critics place themselves in the growth of Philippine literary theory?

John Bengan, Voltaire Oyzon, Edgar Samar, Delfin Tolentino
Moderated by Maria Luisa Reyes

History, Literature & the Art of Remembering
How much creativity can a scholar use in the chronicling of history? How factual must historical fiction be? What role has politics played in the production of such narratives? Writers look at the relationship between literature and a country's memories.

Jose Barrameda, Jr., Eli Guieb, Nonilon Queano, Jun Cruz Reyes
Moderated by Mykel Andrada

2:45 – 3:00

3:00 – 4:45

A Harvest of Songs: A Regional Symposium
Writers from Central, Northern and Southern Luzon lead the discussion on writing from the regions. What are their issues and prospects in relation to audience and publishing? What developments in literary circles have emerged?
Panelists: Aileen Rambaud, Romeo Rodriguez, Renato Santillan, Paz Verdades Santos
Moderated by Carlos Arejola

Blurring Boundaries: Women Writing
From explorations of form to transgressions of content, the writings of women capture diverse experiences. What spaces exist for these kinds of literature? How similar or different is everyday life from the one on the page?

Panelists: Elizabeth Calinawagan, Charmaine Carreon, Padoman Paporo, Janis Claire Salvacion Moderated by: Susan Lara

Teaching Literature in the Contemporary Classroom
How should a poem be taught in today's high-tech world? What relevance does a short story have in a globalized society? Writers and teachers lay out the strategies, approaches and challenges that thrive inside the classroom.
Panelists: Eilyn Nidea Parocha, Louie Jon Sanchez, Grace Subido, Elsed Togonon
Moderated by Juliet Mallari

5:15 Departure for Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF)

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 Zarzuela at the SPCF Theater performed by the SPCF Theater Group and directed by Ms. Ditas Yap

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