Book Launch of "Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw"

Events by | May 14, 2013

pagdakop inviteAteneo de Davao University will host the book launch for Visayan poet Merlie Alunan’s latest collection of poetry, “Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw ug uban pang mga balak”, on May 29 (Wednesday) at its Jacinto Campus.

Alunan, a highly-respected writer in Philippine literary circles, is a professor at the UP College-Tacloban as well as an associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. She has received numerous awards for her writing including multiple Palanca Awards, the National Book Award, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, and the Thornton Award, among many others.

“Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw” is Alunan’s fourth book of poetry, and the first written in her mother tongue. The poems in this collection were originally conceived and written in Cebuano, then translated by Alunan herself into English. A few poems have also been translated into Waray. The book is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

The launch of “Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw” starts 3:00PM at the F-705 Finster Building of Ateneo de Davao. Davao writers Dr. Macario D. Tiu of the Philippine Women’s College and Nino Soria de Veyra of UP Mindanao will present their reviews of the book. Alunan will be on hand for book signing after the event.

“Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw” retails for P450, but will be available at special discounted price of P400 during the launch.

Ateneo de Davao University Writers Workshop 2012

Events by | May 17, 2012

Ateneo de Davao University will hold its AdDU Writers Workshop 2012 from May 21 to May 25 at the university’s Jacinto Campus. The workshop is designed to reach out to young writers of Davao City, help them grow in their craft, and lead them to publication in order to give voice to the Mindanao youth. While geared primarily to students of Ateneo de Davao, the workshop also brings in guests from other schools in Davao.

Panelists for the workshop are Dr. Ricardo M. de Ungria (UP-M), Dr. Macario Tiu (PWC), Prof. Jhoanna Lynn Cruz (UP-M), and Don Pagusara, all of the Davao Writers Guild. Workshop director is Dominique Gerald Cimafranca.

The fellows for the workshop are:

Carl Christian T. Agunod
Rosanna Aliviado
Madel Catre
Raizza Mae D. Cinco
Vincent Carlo Cuzon
Karen Kae F. Dicdican
Mary Caryl Dichosa
Alexandra Victoria A. Eñeco
Kristine Angelique O. Falgui
Alfedo Carlos Montecillo
Jamille Peliña
Benrich Baysa Tan
Gracielle Deanne B. Tubera

John Rey A. Aleria (UIC)
Peachy Cleo F. Dehino (UIC)
Armando Fenequito, Jr. (USEP)
Farah Aimee S. Virador (USEP)

Opening ceremonies for the workshop will be at 9:30AM on Monday, May 21, at F513 of the Finster Building of the Ateneo de Davao University. Mrs. Aida Rivera-Ford, founder of the Ford Academy of the Arts and former chair of the Humanities Division of Ateneo de Davao, will be the keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies.

The workshop is an annual event funded entirely by Ateneo de Davao University. It is held with the assistance of the Davao Writers Guild.

DWG launches book of genre short stories

Events | February 13, 2012

The Davao Writers Guild, together with the National Commission or Culture and the Arts and the Humanities Division of Ateneo de Davao University, will hold the book launch of Dom Cimafranca’s “An Unusual Treatment and other short stories” on February 17, 2012, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM, at the Alumni Hall of Ateneo de Davao University.

“An Unusual Treatment” is a collection of Cimafranca’s short stories previously published in Philippines Graphic, Philippine Genre Stories, Philippine Speculative Fiction, and other magazines and anthologies. Edited by Dr. Ricardo M. de Ungria, the collection consists of genre stories of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and crime. This is Cimafranca’s first book of fiction.

“An Unusual Treatment” was published under the Davao Writers Guild’s Tubao Book Series, under a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The Tubao Book Series aims to promote Mindanao’s unique literature by featuring writers from the region.

Those interested to attend the book launch can sign up at the form below.

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Fellows to the Davao Writers Workshop 2011

Events by | September 30, 2011

The Davao Writers Guild is pleased to announce the Fellows to the Davao Writers Workshop 2011. They are:

For Creative Nonfiction
Janesa Mariam Ladjiman
Jearvy Remollo-Lanohan
Aimee Rosal
Jocy So-Yeung

For Fiction
Ianne Angel Aquino
Jondy Arpilleda
Joseph Anthony Harold Dubouzet
Glorypearl Dy
Mikhail Tuboro
Vida Mia Valverde

For Poetry
Glyd Jun Aranes
Dennis Coronel (Bisaya)
Margaux Denice Garcia
Chris David Lao
Michael Marquez (Bisaya)

The Davao Writers Workshop 2011 will take place at Lispher Inn, Matina, Davao City from October 11 to 15. Panelists for the workshop are Macario Tiu, Antonino Soria de Veyra, Timothy Montes, John Bengan, and Januar Yap. Workshop Director is Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, assisted by Deputy Director Dominique Cimafranca. The workshop is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and UP Mindanao.

Celebrating 30 years of TALA's Road Map Series

Events by | July 19, 2011

For 30 years now a Davao-based voice-in-the-wilderness publication has been the launching pad for and inspiration of many a young and aspiring artist. Join us on July 21, 2011, 6:00 P.M. – 83 issues later! – at Matina Town Square’s KANTO BAR as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the groundbreaking ROAD MAP SERIES (RMS).

Raise toasts and break bread with RMS Editor Tita Lacambra-Ayala. Meet your arts family-community and pitch in with impromptu readings and kuwentuhan. Catch up with the surreal Alaska-to-Arizona words of Lilia Lopez-Chua, RMS’ 1st featured artist (Vol. 1, No. 1), supported by Josie Tionko and Fe Del Rosario, RMS’ First Sponsors from whom came the seed money for RMS.

Early Bird Raffle! Each of the first 52 guests will have a chance to win one of 15 indescribable prizes.
To cap the evening, Mum Tita’s gem of-a-daughter Cynthia Alexander will do a 1-hour set at 9:00 p.m.! Transplanted Poet/Crush ng Bayan/Davao Writers Guild President Jhoanna Lynn Cruz (RMS Vol. 5 No. 2) emcees.
Please RSVP through Bopeep, cell # 0922-895-5851, email so we know what the program might turn out to be.

Hope to see you again, exciting possibilities are at hand!

Tita Lacambra-Ayala

The 1st Satur Apoyon Fiction-Writing Contest

Events by | June 29, 2011

The 1st Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya now open for submissions.

Fiction writers in Bisaya who are residents of Mindanao are invited to join the Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya. In the past two years, this contest was known as the Fiction Writing in Bisaya contest. This year, the Guild decided to rename the contest henceforth in honor of one of its founding members, Satur P. Apoyon, who recently passed away.

The deadline for submission is September 15, 2011. Cash prizes are as follows: first prize, P10,000.00; second prize, P7,000.00; third prize, P5,000.00.

Each contestant is allowed only one (1) entry. The story should be original (written by the contestant), unpublished (not printed in any newspaper, magazine or book), must not have won any awards. It must be printed between 10 to 20 pages in length (double-space, using Letter-size paper, using Times New Roman, 12pts). Participants are advised to comply with the instructions. Non-compliant entries will be automatically disqualified. A hard copy of the entry should be delivered to the following address: Rene Estremera, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City 8022.

The envelope should contain the following: The contest entry; a separate sheet attesting to the authorship and no-publication/no-award of the work; and author’s complete contact information, signed by the author. A soft copy should be sent by email to davaowritersguild-at-yahoo-dot-com-dot-ph.

The criteria for judging are: Language (25%), Technique (25%), Relevance (25%), and Overall Impact (25%). Winners will be notified by cellphone and email.

The contest is a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Davao Writers Guild.

Bukambibig 2010

Events by | July 20, 2010

Bukambibig 2010, the poetry reading series of the Davao Writers Guild, will have a public performance on July 22 (Thursday) at Gaisano South (Ilustre) 5/F Entertainment Center. Event starts at 6 PM. Special guests are Tita Lacambra-Ayala and Aida Rivera Ford.

Bukambibig will also be heard on Blue Knight Radio through Mellow Touch (94.7MHz DXLL) on July 27, 29, and 31, from 11:00AM to 11:45AM.

Fellows for the Davao Writers Workshop 2009

Events by | April 8, 2009

The following fellows have been selected for the Davao Writers Workshop 2009.

Fellows for Fiction
Alpha Fortun (UP Mindanao)
Aaron Jalalon (UP Mindanao)
Edmund Julian de la Cerna (San Pedro College)
Eric John Villena (Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan)
Jeffrey Javier (UP Mindanao)

Fellows for Creative Nonfiction
Mary Ann Tarusan (Ateneo de Davao)
Migs Bassig (Ateneo de Manila)
Karen Quinones (University of Southeastern Philippines)
Rowena Rose Lee (UP Mindanao)

Fellows for Poetry
Allen Samsuya (UP Mindanao)
Jobelle Obguia (Ateneo de Davao)
Hannah Enanoria (Ateneo de Davao)
Henrietta Diana de Guzman (UP Mindanao)
Paul Randy Palua-Gumanao (Ateneo de Davao)
Vanessa Almeria (UP Mindanao)

The workshop takes place at La Storta Retreat House, Shrine Hills, Matina, from May 4 to May 8. Panelists are Marjorie Evasco, Tim Montes, Macario Tiu, and Don Pagusara.

Opening ceremonies for the workshop will be on May 4, 9:00 am, at Ateneo de Davao University.

The workshop will be open to a limited number of observers. Stay tuned to this web site for announcement on the sign-up details.