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Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016

When a Mangyan poet writes of a flower, he writes of it not for the purpose of celebrating its beauty or fragrance but to make it an allegory or symbol of human life, its problems, and its challenges. – Antoon Postma

The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) announces Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016. This competition seeks to promote the writing of ambahan as a contemporary expression deep-rooted in our tradition. Ambahan is a short poetic form indigenous to the Hanunuo Mangyans of Mindoro. It consists of seven-syllable lines, mono-rhyme scheme, and images illustrating people’s lives in relation to their natural habitat. Its original language uses an ancient syllabary or a writing system Indic in origin.


Premio Ambahan is open to all bona fide undergraduate students of De La Salle University, Taft and STC campuses. The entry is one (1) good unpublished poem, an original work. It should follow the stylistic features of an ambahan, composed in English or Filipino. Theme is landscape and environment. The poem may reflect on green things, retell scenes of disasters, rediscover myth and milieu, imagine the future, or just love the planet.

Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Entry should include author’s full contact information (address, email, phone) and copy of current EAF (3rd Term AY2015-2016). Not eligible for the contest are the student personnel of BNSCWC.

Three winners will be selected to receive the following prizes: First, PHP5,000; second prize, PHP4,000; and third prize, PHP3,000. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.

Entry deadline: 30 June 2016.  Winners will be announced in August 2016.

Please submit entry as Word attachment to: bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph. “Premio Ambahan” should be indicated in the space marked “Subject.”

This competition celebrates the Philippine Environment Month, and complements the DLSU No Impact Experiment in June.

For inquiries, please contact BNSCWC at (632) 5244611 local 233; drop by the office at M208; or email bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph.

New Literary Arts program for writers


De La Salle University recently lauched the Cirilo F. Bautista Program for Literary Arts, named in honor of the 2014 National Artist for Literature and DLSU Professor Emeritus.

The announcement was made last March 19 at the DLSU Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, during a special tribute for him that also coincided with the launching of his new book, Things Happen Poems 2012, published by the University of Santo Tomas.

Announcing the establishment of the literary program, Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Myrna Austria said that a seed fund of one million pesos has been allocated by the University to support both professional and budding writers of poetry, essay, and fiction.  Literary grantees will be chosen annually.

Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco delivered the opening remarks, and Br. Bernard Oca FSC, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School president, the remarks of circumstance.  Fellow National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and National Artist for Music Ramon Santos graced the occasion.

Described as a Renaissance man, Bautista is a poet, fictionist, painter, literary critic, and educator.  At DLSU, he was honored as a member of the elite group of University Fellows.  He spent 33 years of teaching in the University, retiring in 2006.

The tribute for Bautista featured a poetry reading by eminent writers Gemino Abad, Alice Sun Cua, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Marjorie Evasco, Dinah Roma, and Alfred Yuson. An open forum  with the writer, hosted by journalist Lito Zulueta, culminated the event.

The event was organized by the Department of Literature, the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, and the College of Liberal Arts.

DLSU No Impact Experiment: Protecting the Planet One Simple Act at a Time


As part of the “No Impact Experiment,” from March 23-29, De La Salle University is encouraging members of the Lasallian community to reduce their impact on the environment through sustainability awareness and by practicing a few simple acts.

How to get started

1.    Register online and commit yourself to the one week experiment
2.    Follow each day’s theme and challenge.

Day/ThemeSmall Step
March 23 (Monday)


Challenge: Waste not
Go paperless.

Print double-sided or
don't print.

Rid your life of paper towels.

Bring a used sachet for the sachet recovery bin.

Dispose of PET bottles and aluminum cans in the proper bins.

Use reusable eco bags and containers.
March 24 (Tuesday)


Challenge: Burn calories

Take MRT/LRT, Bus, or Jeepney.

Carpool with friends.
March 25 (Wednesday)


Challenge: Eat Healthy
Drink local, eat local.

Eat more vegetables and eat less meat.

Order just enough food or order half a portion.

Love food and do not leave crumbs for the "duende."
March 26 (Thursday)


Challenge: Reduce Energy Usage
Take the stairs.

Unplug appliances when not in use.

Google less.

No TV.

Use laptop / tablet only for work.

Observe Daily Green Hour.

March 27 (Friday)


Challenge: Save Water
Finish your drink.

Bring your own tumbler or mug.

Don't buy bottled water.

Turn the tap off while soaping hands or brushing teeth.

Run water gently when needed.
March 28 (Saturday)

Giving Back

Challenge: Share
Observe Earth Hour (8:30-9:30 PM).

Pick up trash.

Plant a tree.

Give time.

Perform acts of kindness.

Join eco-advocacy campaigns or make contributions (e.g. Haribon, Plastic-Free Philippines, WWF Philippines, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.
March 29 (Sunday)


Challenge: Rest
Pray and practice gratitude.

Don't use any energy-consuming device.

Spend time with family and friends.

Gaze at the sea or a tiny flower--and marvel.

Read a good book.

Sleep well.

3.    Self-document and self-reflect to help evaluate the impact.

a.  Take the pre-experiment survey.

b.  Like the Facebook community page DLSU No Impact.

c.  Post selfies, share your insights, and reflections about the experiment.

d.  Take the post-week survey.

The DLSU No Impact Week also has a line-up of complementary activities which can be viewed here.

National Artist Cirilo Bautista to launch new book



National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista will launch his new poetry collection “Things Happens” (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House) on March 12, 2015, Thursday, 4:30 PM. This will be held at the Verdure, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University (DLSU), Taft Avenue, Manila.

The event’s programme will also consist of a tribute for Bautista, poetry reading, and conversation. Bautista, DLSU Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, will be honored by the University with the launching of the Cirilo F. Bautista Program for the Literary Arts. Poets Gemino Abad, Alice Sun Cua, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Marjorie Evasco, Dinah Roma, and Alfred Yuson will read selections from “Things Happen.” The culminating segment of the programme will be a dialogue between Bautista and Inquirer’s Arts and Books Editor Lito B. Zulueta, who serves as the host.

Bautista’s numerous writings include the epic masterpiece “The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus” (2001), poetry collection “Believe and Betray” (2006), novel in Tagalog “Galaw ng Asoge” (2004), and “The House of True Desire: Essays about Life and Literature” (2011), among others. He has won awards and prizes such as the Philippine Centennial Prize for Epic Poetry, Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Awards, Don Carlos Palanca Hall of Fame Award, Gawad Jose Corazon de Jesus, Diwa ng Lahi-Gawad Antonio Villegas at Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan, Gawad Balagtas by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), Taboan Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He also wrote a weekly column, “Breaking Signs,” for the Philippine Panorama for 12 years.

This event is organized by the DLSU Department of Literature and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC), and supported by the Office of the President, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academics, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Society of Fellows. The book launch is in collaboration with the UST Publishing House.

Lovers of literature are welcome to the event. For inquiries, please contact DLSU Literature (632) 5244611 local 541 or BNSCWC local 233 / email bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph.

DLSU BNSCWC opens Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel

The Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel is open for submissions between October 22 to March 22. The winner will be announced in July 2015. The competition is open to Filipino published or yet-to-be published writers.  The entry is one unpublished novel, an original work, in English or Filipino. The theme is open. All genres are acceptable. Total word count of the novel should not go beyond 125,000 words.

Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Entry must be the author’s own, which has not previously been published in any form, including self-publication.  The entry must contain the title of the novel and the author’s pseudonym. A separate sheet, containing the author’s real name, pseudonym, title of the entry, total word count, and full contact information should be included in the submission. The prize will be Php100,000. The Center will also assist the winner in securing a publisher.

This competition is organized by the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) and co-sponsored by the Angelo King Institute for Economics and Business Studies (AKI) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (VCRI). It has the endorsement of the National Committee on the Literary Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCLA NCCA).

Not eligible for the competition are BNSCWC personnel, Board of Associates, and the Advisory Council.  Entries may be submitted to the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center office or through bnscwc@yahoo.com, with subject: “CFB Novel Prize.”

DLSU BNSCWC Hosts Creative Lecture by Graphic Novelist Carlo Vergara

De La Salle University’s Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) will host “Kung Paano Ako Naging Manunulat: Frustration, Fruition, and the Lessons in Between,” a lecture by Carlo Vergara, this October 9, 4:15 to 5:54 PM at the 13th floor exhibit area, Henry Sy Sr. Hall.

Vergara is a BNSCWC Writing Fellow for Graphic Fiction. Primarily known for his ground-breaking graphic novel Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah (The Spectacular Adventures of Zsazsa Zaturnnah), which received the Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Award for Best Comic Book/Graphic Novel of 2002. He is also a widely-published writer and illustrator who specializes in Art Direction and Graphic Design, Illustration, Writing, Publications Development, Writing, Comics Creation, Branding Support, and Marketing Communications.

The lecture is only one of the several events regularly hosted by the BNSCWC. Established in 1991, the creative writing center continues to helm the University’s effort to preserve the tradition of producing high-calibre research and creative works in the country. For lecture  inquiries, please call BNSCWC (632) 5244611 local 233 or email bnscwc@yahoo.com.