April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Book Development Board present the 9th Philippine International Literary Festival on April 19 to 20, 2018. 

With the theme “(Author)ities,” the festival coincides with Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month), a month-long celebration that aims to promote, develop and preserve the Philippine literary heritage.

This year, London-based Filipino writer Elaine Castillo, who will launch her book “America Is Not In The Heart” during the two-day festival, will grace the event, along with fellow writers Glenn Diaz, Kristine Ong Muslim, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Liza Magtoto, Rody Vera, Genevieve Asenjo, MJ Cagumbay Tumamac, and Clarissa Militante. 

Book designers Karl Castro, Ige Ramos and R. Jordan Santos, along with graphic lit creators Manix Abrera, Mervin Malonzo, Elbert Or, and Carlo Vergara will give insights on numerous opportunities, trends, and challenges in the industry during the event. 

Other sessions will tackle relevant discourses on comics, cross-media projects, literacy and reading programs, fiction writing, self-publishing, among others. 

This year, NBDB partners with various organizations such as Film Development Council of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Department of Education Bureau of Learning Resources and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for various activities including film screenings of local films, workshops on book-to-game adaptation, session on developing books and resources for the blind, and discussion about translation. 

Ateneo de Naga University Press will present 75 new titles. There will also be tabletop game demonstrations based on Filipino folklores and literature. 

Everyone is encouraged to join the translation contest of poems by Angela Manalang-Gloria on April 19. 

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold the awarding ceremony of Bayan/Han 2018, a short film competition featuring local literature. 

All activities are free and open to the public. The talks and sessions will be held in various venues in CCP. Film screening will be held at the Little Theater and Dream Theater, while the book fair will be at the Main Theater Lobby and Little Theater Lobby. 

For more information, email litfest@nbdb.gov.ph, or call (632) 929-3887 loc. 804.