November 21, 2018

Philippine PEN to Hold 61st National Congress This November 22 and 23

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  • The Philippine Center of International PEN will be hosting its 61st Philippine PEN National Congress at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex on November 22 and 23, 2018.

    National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José will spearhead the 61st national congress with a founder’s address. This year’s conference will focus on the theme Writing the Nation: The Filipino Writer and Nation-Building.

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    Award-winning literary artists Maria L.M. Fres-Felix, Raniela Barbaza, Ramon Guillermo, Priscilla Macansantos, and Soledad Reyes will head the first literary session with a discussion on National Literature.

    In the afternoon, University of the Philippines Professor Emeritus Dr. Gemino Abad is expected to deliver his keynote address, which will be followed by the second literary session–Writing the Nation in Poetry–to be led by more notable writers Joselito delos Reyes, Ramil Gulle, Marne Kilates, Junley Lazaga, and Raymundo Pandan, Jr.

    Eros Atalia, Isidoro Cruz, Noelle Q. de Jesus, Charmaine Lasar, and Jose Rey Munsayac will administer the third literary session, which focuses on Writing the Nation in Fiction.

    The last day of the national congress will be shorter than the first, but will still feature impressive local literary artists nonetheless as it will open with Lito Casaje, Charlson Ong, Manix Abrera, Pamela Castrillo, Jerry Gracio, Guelan Luarca, and Nicolas Pichay discussing Writing the Nation in Drama, Film, and the Multi-Arts.

    Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) President Hon. Amina Rasul-Bernardo will also be a part of the second-day events as she holds The Jose Rizal Lecture.

    The Philippine PEN has been organizing and sponsoring literary readings, workshops, seminars, and conferences in the Philippines since it was first founded in 1958. Plus, admissions to the 61st Philippine PEN National Congress is FREE!

    For more information on the Philippine PEN National Congress, follow the event’s Facebook page, or visit Philippine Center of International PEN’s official website and Facebook page.


    What: 61st Philippine PEN National Congress
    Where: Silangan Hall, 4/F Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Pasay, 1307 Metro Manila
    When: November 22-23, 2018 (Thursday and Friday)

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