Thursday, November 23, 2006

philippine pen national conference

I'm one of the panelists at the conference on Saturday. For those who were asking, I just called the PEN office (5230870) and asked if people could attend. The lady said "Yes, if they're writers." So you decide. But if I were you, and this is something you really want to attend, just go ahead and attend, writer or no writer (but I wasn't able to ask if there's a fee involved, sorry).

The overall theme of the conference is “The Ethics of Writing” which will be discussed in three panels, namely, Literature and the New Media, Literature and Human Freedom, and Literature in a Time of Repression.

25 November 2006, Saturday
UST St. Thomas Aquinas Research Center
Espana avenue, Manila


8-9 a.m.

9-10 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies
The National Anthem
Reading of the PEN Charter: Susie Tan
Welcome Remarks: UST Thomas Aquinas Research Center
Opening Remarks: Alejandro Roces
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Teresita Erestain
Keynote Address: Azucena Grajo Uranza

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

First Literary Session:
“Literature and the New Media”
Chair: Lito Zulueta

Panelists: Dean Alfar, Ian Casocot (sadly, Ian just told me he can't make it from Silliman), Khavn de la Cruz, Marjorie Evasco, Vim Nadera, Ambeth Ocampo, Charlson Ong

12:00 noon

1 p.m.
The Jose Rizal Lecture .
Introduction of Lecturer: Lito Zulueta
Lecturer: Eugenia Duran Apostol

1:30 p.m
Second Literary Session:
“Literature and Human Freedom”
Chair: Domingo Landicho

Panelists: Boni Ilagan, Malou Jacob, Susan Lara,Danton Remoto, Paz Verdadero Santos

3:00 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.
Third Literary Session:
“Literature in a Time of Repression”
Chair: Bienvenido Lumbera

Panelists: Sheila Coronel, Rosario Cruz Lucero, Axel Pinpin, Jun Cruz Reyes, Luis Teodoro, Jose Victor Torres

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks: Elmer A. Ordonez

Conference Coordinator: Elmer A. Ordonez



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