15 Fellows for 2008 Iligan Writers Workshop

Posted: May 2, 2008 in All and Sundry

Well, I’m honest-to-goodness happy that 3 of my students got in the workshop. Of course, special mention of my thesis advisee Xer Jason Ocampo. Congrats also to my favorite “kulit” smoking buddy/student Marius Monsanto, and to the ever diligent Krisza Kintanar.  To other students whom I encouraged to apply but didn’t get in, there’s always a next time. Don’t lose hope. 🙂

The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), the Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc. in cooperation with the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (MSU-IIT-OVCRE) announce the 15 writing fellows to the 15th Iligan National Writers Workshop on May 26-31, 2008 in Iligan City .

Luzon :
Fiction (English): Samantha G. Echavez, UP Diliman/Marikina City; (Filipino): Sarah Jane D. Sebastian, UP Diliman/San Mateo, Isabela; Poetry (Filipino): Erick Dasig Aguilar, UP Diliman/Quezon City; Poetry (English): Evangeline B. Gubat, Ateneo de Manila University/Makati City; and, John Lorenz S. Poquiz, University of Santo Tomas / Manila .

Poetry (English): Fred Jordan Mikhail T. Carnice, Silliman University/Tagbilar an City; Nino Manaog, Ateneo de Naga University/Iloilo City; (Waray): Leonilo D. Lopido, Leyte Institute of Technology/Tacloban City; Luciano L. Abia IV, UP College Tacloban/Basey, Samar; and, Fiction (Cebuano): Efmer E. Agustin, UP Visayas/Abuyog, Leyte.

Mindanao :
Fiction(English) : Krisza Joy P. Kintanar, UP Mindanao/Davao City; Marius Angelo G. Monsanto, UP Mindanao/Davao City; Poetry (English): Ma. Elena L. Paulma, UP Diliman/Cagayan de Oro City; John Philip A. Baltazar, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan/Cagayan de Oro City; and, Xer Jason D. Ocampo, UP Mindanao/Davao City.

Panelists this year are Ma. Rosario Cruz Lucero, Leoncio P. Deriada, German V. Gervacio, Victor N. Sugbo, Merlie M. Alunan, Jaime An Lim, Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, keynote speaker, Antonio Reyes Enriquez and Christine Godinez-Ortega, the 15th INWW Director.

Highlights of this year’s workshop include the launching of the 14th INWW Proceedings titled, Fire and Faith in Writing edited by Godinez-Ortega and published by the MSU-IIT OVCRE; a lecture by INWW alumnus, Ralph Semino Galan; the Jimmy Y. Balacuit Literary Awards; and, the launching of the Manuel Buenafe Writing Fellowship and the Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen Writing Bursary.

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