Monday, April 28, 2014

National Artist Nick Joaquin's Book to be Launched

FILCOLS Member Anvil Publishing invites everyone to attend the launching of Nick Joaquin's Gotita de Dragon and other stories on May 4, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at the Powerbooks Greenbelt, Makati.

For details, contact Aia Austria at 477-4752 local 807 or

Friday, April 25, 2014

May Blog Tour ang Pinakabagong Nobela ng FILCOLS Member na si Edgar Samar!

Abangan ang pagdating ni Janus Silang sa inyong mga paboritong book store ngayong Mayo! Pero bilang patikim, dadalaw muna ang libro at ang may akdang si Edgar Calabia Samar sa ilang blog ngayong linggo. Bisitahin natin sila para sa sari-saring sorpresa, katulad ng book review, guest post, author interview, at raffle!
Abril 27 (Linggo)
Abril 28 (Lunes)
Abril 29 (Martes)
Abril 30 (Miyerkoles)
Mayo 1 (Huwebes)
Mayo 2 (Biyernes)
Mayo 3 (Sabado)
Puntahan ang link na ito para sa detalye:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI] Launches “English Musical Playwriting Competition 2013”

Ortigas, Pasig City – Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI], a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Filipino community by creating employment and thus security for Filipino families, launched its first-ever English Musical Playwriting Competition on 08th August 2013.
The competition is open to all Filipinos who are eighteen [18] years old and over, amateurs and published writers alike.
Entrants should write a script [libretto] for a musical play of approximately ninety [90] minutes in length and is suitable for dramatization. This should include the CD recording of the songs incorporated in the story. The plays must have a maximum of twenty-five [25] characters including major and minor roles. It can be on any subject and must be written entirely in English.
The play entered in the competition must not - at the time of submission - have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or media to any other person or company. All entrants must certify the originality of their submitted entries.
Three [3] winners will receive the following cash prizes:
First Place – Php 1,000,000.00
Second Place – Php 500,000.00
Third Place – Php 300,000.00
One of the winning playwrights’ stories will be produced on stage. All winners will also receive certificates of recognition and attend a prize - giving event. The prizes are as stated and cannot be modified or transferred.
The winners shall grant and transfer to IBGFI all intellectual property, moral and publication rights to the story, including any translations, adaptations or modifications related thereto. IN CONNECTION WITH THIS, THE WINNING PLAYWRITES WILL BE REQUESTED TO EXECUTE A FORMAL DEED OF ASSIGNMENT IN FAVOR OF IBGFI.
“I’m sure that the chance to take part in this competition will be a huge incentive for talented Filipinos out there, guided by their principles and dreams, to explore the wonderful and rich repertoire of playwriting, hone their writing skills, imagination and have fun in the process. I look forward to reading their stories,” said Mr. Ignacio B. Gimenez, President and Founder of IBGFI. Mr. Gimenez is also part of the competition’s panel of judges.
Closing date for all entries (with completed entry form, synopsis, manuscript, CD recording of songs) is by 12 noon of March 31, 2014. (Deadline Extended! Last Day of Submission on June 30, 2014)
Application form, competition guidelines and awards information are available on the competition web sites:
As a successful businessman, Mr. Ignacio B. Gimenez has long been passionate about supporting the Filipino community by creating employment and thus security for Filipino families. This lifelong undertaking has led him to create the Ignacio B. Gimenez Foundation, Inc. [IBGFI]
The IBGFI is a privately owned institution established to support the promotion of the arts, education, culture, skills, health and social growth within the Filipino society. The Foundation also provides a platform for the performance and exhibition of diverse artistic productions. Its creative programs include the sponsorship of the building of theatrical establishments and the production of performances, festivals, exhibitions, cultural research, outreach programs and the preservation and publication of materials about Philippine arts and culture.
The IBGFI designs, develops, organizes and finances projects in these areas to develop homegrown talent and display Filipino talent worldwide.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TAX TALKS: A Roundtable Discussion Between Professional Writers & BIR Representatives About RR 4-2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

64th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Now Accepting Entries, Facilitates Submission

Now on its 64th year, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (the Palanca Awards), the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the Philippines, is now accepting entries for its annual literary tilt.

This year, the Palanca Awards has enhanced­­­ its submission system to facilitate the submission of entries, particularly for aspiring and professional literary artists who wish to join the competition but are based in the provinces or overseas. Contestants will no longer be required to submit hard copies of entries, which saves on printing and courier service costs.

Online submission to the 64th Palanca Awards may be done through the official website,, where the contest documents may be downloaded. The accomplished forms and entries may then be uploaded and submitted through the website. To complete the submission process, hard copies of the notarized contest documents must be submitted to any of the following addresses: (1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or (2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. The contest rules are also posted on the Palanca Awards Facebook page at

Organized and sponsored by the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., the 64th Palanca Awards is accepting entries in the following categories:

·         English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
·         Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tula para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, at Dulang Pampelikula;
·         Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Iluko.

In addition, the Palanca Awards welcomes submissions for the Kabataan Division, which specifically caters to young writers below 18 years old as of 30 April 2014. This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How can the youth help in natural disaster preparedness in the country?” for the English category and “Paano makatutulong ang mga kabataan sa paghahanda ng bayan para sa mga kalamidad?” for the Filipino category.

Notably, as the Novel and Nobela categories are only accepting entries every two years, they will be closed for this year’s competition since it was offered in 2013.

Aspiring and professional writers may submit only one entry per category. All entries must be submitted on or before the contest deadline as stated in the contest rules (April 30, 2014). Winners will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held on 1 September 2014.

Established in 1950 to honor the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca, Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to develop Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works and by being a treasury of these literary gems.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature is still open for submissions

The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) has extended to May 7, the deadline for submissions for the eighth issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature.
The editorial board, led by award-winning fiction writer and ICW associate Rosario Cruz-Lucero, granted the extension to allow more regional writers to submit their work.
The Philippines' leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the Office of the Chancellor of UP Diliman. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.
Lucero will be the issue editor, while award-winning writer Heidi Eusebio Abad and Palanca Hall of Fame awardee Eugene Evasco will serve as associate editors in English and Filipino, respectively.
The guidelines follow:
1. For its eighth issue, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature will accept submissions in the following genres, in both English and Filipino:
Short stories ranging from about 12 to 30 pages double-spaced, in 11-12 points Times Roman, New York, Palatino, Book Antique, Arial or some such standard font. (A suite of short prose pieces will be considered.)
A suite of four to seven poems, out of which the editors might choose three to five. (Long poems will be considered in lieu of a suite.)
Literary and personal essays, including memoirs, profiles, etc., subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above).
Critical/scholarly essays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above)
Excerpts from graphic novels, or full, short graphic stories, for reproduction in black and white on no more than 10 printed pages, 6” x 9.” (Excerpts should be accompanied by a synopsis of the full narrative.)
2. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.
3. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter (including the author’s contact information) and a biographical sketch of no more than one or two short paragraphs.
4. Submissions may be e-mailed to, or posted to The Editors, Likhaan Journal, UP Institute of Creative Writing, Rizal Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101.
5. For submissions sent via e-mail, please use the following subject line and filename format: [Language], [Genre], [Title], [Author’s Last Name]. For example: English, Fiction, “The Life,” Aquino. The attachment should either be a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF file.
6. All submissions should be received (whether by e-mail or post) no later than May 7.
7. All submissions will undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by the editors, and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside the University of the Philippines.
8. Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive a substantial cash payment and a copy of the published journal.
9. The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.
10. The editors may also solicit or commission special, non-refereed articles for publication outside of the aforementioned genres and categories to enhance the editorial content and balance of the journal.
Previous issues of the Likhaan Journal are available for download as PDF file at direct any and all inquiries to

From Reposted here with permission.

Monday, April 14, 2014

CALL FOR PAPER PRESENTATIONS from the UP College of Mass Communication


This year, 2014, marks the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini and Isabelo de los Reyes, two of the nation’s most important intellectuals. As the national university, the University of the Philippines is one with the Filipino people in celebrating their legacies.

To commemorate this historic occasion, the UP College of Mass Communication (CMC), in partnership with the College of Music (CMu), the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), the College of Fine Arts (CFA), and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), through the Archaeological Studies Program, will be holding a conference with the theme “Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation.” The conference is scheduled on 10-12 September 2014, to be held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on the above mentioned theme. Subthemes may include:

  • History of ideas
  • The book and everyday objects
  • Performance as public arena
  • Media and Society
  • Artists and writers as intellectuals
  • The university and national life
  • Organic intellectuals and people’s struggles
  • The Intellectuals and Folk Culture

We appreciate your early submission of abstracts on or before 1 May 2014.

For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the CMC-Office of Research and Publication at 920-6864 or 981-8500 loc. 2668 or email

Friday, April 11, 2014

FILCOLS Hosts Free Seminar on Writers Rights on April 23, 2014

In celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day, we invite you to attend the free seminar “Writers’ Rights,” 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Top Shelf, Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City on April 23, 2014. The main speaker is Atty. Louie Andrew C. Calvario of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).  

The event is organized by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with UNESCO, Department of Education, IPOPHL, Optical Media Board (OMB), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP), and the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS).

Other activities include a seminar on “How to write a book” sponsored by CentralBooks, a multi-media industry exhibit and showcase by the NBDB, and a jazz performance. Kindly refer to the attached program for more details.

Should you need clarification or more information, please contact Ms. Ran Espiridion (FILCOLS staff) through email, mobile phone (SUN) 0925-870-2020 or telefax 439-2204.

FILCOLS Member Adarna House offers free storytelling sessions this summer

Enjoy storytelling weekends with Fully Booked this summer! And this weekend, you can catch the Adarna House storyteller at Fully Booked The Fort and Alabang Town Center. There will be two sessions, one at 2:00 PM and another at 4:00 PM, both free and open to the public. See you there!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lecture-writeshop on Bikol poetics by FILCOLS Member Jose Jason Chancoco at the Ateneo de Naga

The Naga City Public Poetry Project, Ateneo Literary Association, in cooperation with AdNU-POEM Pagsasatubuanan, present: A Lecture-Writeshop on Bikol Poetics by Jose Jason L. Chancoco at the Richie Fernando Hall, Ateneo de Naga on Friday, April 25, 2014. It's free and everyone is welcome to join the writeshop and watch the performances..
Program Lecture & Writeshop
8:30AM Registration
9:00 - 11:00 Lecture
11:00 - 12:00 Writing activity & Mini-workshop
The Naga City Public Poetry Project Poetry Reading & Performance
3:30 - 4:00 PM Assembly
4:00 - 6:00 Poetic short film
The Super Poet Genome Project
Band Readings
Other performances
From Reposted here with permission.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lecture and Booksigning Event from FILCOLS Member Anvil Publishing

Anvil Publishing and  National Book Store cordially invites everyone to attend the lecture and book signing of Gina Apostol, author of The Gun Dealer's Daughter, at the National Book Store Glorietta 1 on 12 April 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Writer Adam David, in cooperation with the Lopez Museum and Library, is inviting everyone especially the young creators to attend the Creators Rights Forum on 26 April 2014, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Lopez Museum and Library, Ground Floor Benpres Bldg., Exchange Road cor. Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Topics in the book industry such as copyright, rights of the heirs of creators, offers for Wattpad writers and publishing contracts will be covered.

This event is free.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FILCOLS, A Major Sponsor at the World Book and Copyright Day 2014

World Book and Copyright Day celebration on April 23, 2014 at Bonifacio High Street Activity Center, Taguig City. Different events such as creative performances, musical acts, exhibitions, workshops, seminars and more await you! 

FILCOLS and IPOPHL invite everyone to attend the Creative Content and Copyright Seminar on the same day at the Top Shelf of Fully Booked at 1:00 p.m. This seminar is free and open to the public.

This is a day to celebrate the power of the written word and the excellence of our homegrown talents in music, literature, visual arts, dance, theater and more. 

For more information and details on the program of events, please see the attached flyer. 

RSVP on or before April 21, 2014. You can reach us at 570-6198 Local 806 and look for Paulo Sy.

FILCOLS Member Anvil Publishing Celebrates Nick Joaquin's 10th Death Anniversary

From April 15 to May 15, select National Book Store branches will have a special highlight table dedicated to the works of Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature.

Some of the books that will be showcased are:

Reportage on Politics
Reportage on the Marcoses
Reportage on Lovers
Reportage on Crime
Mayday Eve
The Summer Solstice.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Special Screening of the film Ekstra for the World IP Day Celebration

On 15th April 2014, the Philippines’ screen community will gather once again to mark the World IP Day. Together, the community will take a united front and renew their commitment in curbing illegal camcording, movie piracy and other violations of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the country.

In light of this celebration, the Philippine film industry, in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Optical Media Board (OMB), Quantum Films, Ayala Cinemas, and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), would like to invite everyone to a special film screening on April 15, at 4:00PM, Cinema 3, Greenbelt 3.     

Event: World IP Day Film Screening
Date: April 15, 2014 (Tuesday), Ekstra (The Bit Player) Film Screening at 4:00PM
Venue: Cinema 3, Greenbelt 3

Admission is FREE. The film screening is open to the public on a first come, first served basis.