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Friday, July 18, 2014

entry arrow10:21 PM | The Second Literatura Festival: A Writers' Summit on July 26!

Eight years have passed since the first Literatura Festival was held in Dumaguete City. Originally staged in May 2006 at Silliman University, the literary fest—which featured visiting writers Dean Francis Alfar, Susan S. Lara, Marjorie Evasco, DM Reyes, among others—was meant to showcase Filipino writers for the benefit of local students, and to introduce them to the best of Philippine literature.

The literary fest is back, this time presented by the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center and the American Studies Resource Center of the Robert and Metta Silliman Library. It is slated to unfold with a series of talks and panels on 26 July 2014, starting at 10 AM, at the American Corner of the Silliman Library.

Dubbed as the “Writers’ Summit,” it features acclaimed Filipino-American writers Lara Stapleton, Ricco Siasoco, Sarah Gambito, R.A. Villanueva, M. Evelina Galang, Fidelito Cortes, and Nerissa Balce. It also features Cebu-based writer Lawrence Ypil, and Dumaguete-based writers Ian Rosales Casocot, Cesar Ruiz Aquino, and Myrna Peña-Reyes.

The Second Literature Festival officially opens on July 25, Friday at 7 PM at Byblos in Oriental Hall, with a poetry reading by Sillimanian students and a concert of Ian Gue’s The Heartbreak Symphony.

The festival is co-presented by Silliman University’s Department of English and Literature and Cultural Affairs Committee, MetroPost, and N4 Van Services.


Opening Ceremony

July 25, Friday. Starts at 7 PM, Byblos at Oriental Hall, Silliman University

With readings by campus personalities Niña Sung, Zairo Lapore, Renz Christian Torres, Elana Bartlett, Hanz Denzil Villahermosa, Bella Piccioli, Malka Shaver, Nikko Paolo Calledo, Edgar Allan Ocampo, Alfonso Alvarez, and Veronica Vega. Featuring "The Heartbreak Symphony," composed and conducted by Ian Gue.

The Summit

July 26, Saturday. Starts at 10 AM, American Studies Resource Center of the Robert and Metta Silliman Library.

10:00 AM
Opening Prayer | Ronelaine Picardal

10:15 AM
Welcome Remarks | Festival Director Ian Rosales Casocot

10:15 AM—11:00 AM
“Inspiration and the Writer’s Life” | Keynote Lecture by Fidelito Cortes

11:15 AM—12:00 NN
Moderated Conversation I: Reading as a Village. Can the reading group become a model for fostering a love of literature in the community? This panel explores reading groups in Dumaguete City and the passion it takes to run—and attend—them. Panelists: Simon Stack, Bron Teves, Paulina Española, Joanna Bulova, Annabelle Lee-Adriano, Aaron James Jalalon, Leo Mamicpic. Moderated by Joel Llaban.

12:00 NN—1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1:30 PM—2:15 PM
Moderated Conversation II: The Writing Craft. This panel explores writing with the influence of Philippine languages both in the Philippines and in the diaspora, landscape, memory, developing character, the influence of culture on writers’ works. Panelists: Myrna Peña-Reyes, Ricco Siasoco, Sarah Gambito, R.A. Villanueva, Evelina Galang. Moderated by Nerissa Balce.

2:30 PM—3:15 PM
Moderated Conversation III: The Young and the Restless. This panel explores the expectations and practices of budding writers in Dumaguete, and what they take to make literature interesting to young people. Panelists: Anna Katrina Espino, RV Escatron, Christian Renz Torres, Arkay Timonera, Michael Aaron Gomez, Sonia SyGaco. Moderated by Alana Cabrera-Narciso.

3:30 PM—4:15 PM
“From the Highest Hiding Place” | A talk/reading by Lawrence Ypil

4:30 PM—5:15 PM
Moderated Conversation IV: What’s Going On? This panel explores the local and the Filipino-American literary scene. What are writers excited about? What are the various scenes? What are the current challenges that writers face? How can Filipino and Filipino-American writers continue to connect? Panelists: Lara Stapleton, Ian Rosales Casocot, Cesar Ruiz Aquino, Fidelito Cortes, Lawrence Ypil. Moderated by Lady Flor Partosa.

5:15 PM—5:30 PM
Closing Remarks | Deputy Festival Director Warlito Caturay Jr.

7:00 PM
Dinner and Reading Salon at the University House

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