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DLSU to hold national conference on teaching literature, humanities


The Department of Literature of De La Salle University will conduct “Writing the Classroom: National Conference on the Teaching of Literature and the Humanities” from  May 25 to 27 at the Verdure, 4/F Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, in Taft Avenue, Manila.

This is open to all teachers of literature especially those who are teaching in either senior high school or college levels.

The 3-day conference will have plenary lectures, lesson planning workshops, and teaching demonstrations on the following topics: teaching poetry, teaching fiction, teaching drama, teaching creative nonfiction, teaching 21st century Philippine literature, teaching Afro-Asian literature, teaching Anglo-American literature, teaching literary theory and criticism, and teaching Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

Recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development, the DLSU Department of Literature is home to writers and scholars who are respected and published in the Philippines and abroad. It has on its faculty winners of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and the National Book Awards.

The conference fee is P1,500 that comes with a teaching manual. The fee does not include food and accommodation. For more details and reservations, please email the conference director, Dr. John Iremil E. Teodoro, at john.iremil.teodoro@dlsu.edu.ph or call telephone number 524-4611 local 541 or 532 and look for Donna Mina.

Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa to visit DLSU


Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa will be at De La Salle University on November 8 to receive an honorary doctorate in literature, the highlight of his visit to the country.

University administrators, faculty, students, writers, and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

Vargas Llosa studied in La Salle schools in Bolivia and Peru for his elementary education.

In 2010, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat” (Nobel Prize Foundation). According to the Swedish Academy, Vargas Llosa is “a divinely gifted storyteller.”

His critically acclaimed novels and fictions include: La ciudad y los perros (1963, Eng. trans. The Time of the Hero), La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981, The War of the End of the World), El sueño del celta (2011, The Dream of the Celt), El héroe discrete (2013, The Discreet Hero), and Cinco esquinas (2016, Five Corners). His collections of essays include Sables y utopías. Visiones de América Latina (2009, Sabres and Utopias: Visions of Latin America) and La civilización del espectáculo (2012, The Civilization of the Spectacle).

Aside from the Nobel, Vargas Llosa has received many prizes and awards such as the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 1986; Miguel de Cervantes Prize in Spanish-language literature, 1994; PEN/Nabokov Award, 2002; and the XII Don Quijote Journalism Award.

Culture and Memory: F. Sionil Jose Donates Literature Collection to DLSU



National Artist for Literature, former De La Salle University Writer-in-Residence, and former faculty member Dr. F. Sionil Jose donated his collection of manuscripts, published works, and articles to the institution on July 11, 2014, in a ceremony at the DLSU Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

Also included in the extensive collection are Jose’s “Solidarity,” a magazine on current affairs, ideas, and the arts; autographed copies of books written by friends and colleagues; and his selection of 100 recommended books.

Amusing Recollections and a Lifetime of Writing

Belying his 90 years, the National Artist regaled his audience with his extensive experiences and colorful anecdotes.  In his address, Jose impishly recalled his journal, “Solidarity,” being initially supported by the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an anti-communist advocacy group funded by the American Central Intelligence Agency. News of this later broke out, garnering his bookshop the reputation as a CIA front and he, a covert CIA agent. Jose, who at that point, earned his living through his bookshop was, not surprisingly, distressed. “My God, no one would come to this bookshop anymore. We were tainted!” said Jose. As it turned out, the notoriety was a boon to his business as Jose found his bookshop full of customers the next day.

Jose was not one to mince words and neither did he in his address. He recalled how, at various points in his life and through his writings, he would openly call for revolution against the oligarchic structures of Philippine society. These views, recounted Jose, would earn him the label of communist. “I am both a communist and a CIA agent,” noted Jose.

Jose also spoke fondly of an afternoon spent with Robert Frost in a writing workshop in Vermont. In an afternoon walk, Jose recalled how the 80-year-old Frost would outpace him and leave him panting for breath. “He was far healthier than I,” said Jose. Later that day, the National Artist related how Frost, in a solemn, candlelit room, read his own poem. “He mangled it,” said Jose. He then remarked that no poet, unless he had the emotive poise of Richard Burton, should ever read his own poetry.



In a more reflective note in his address, Jose thanked the University for recognizing his ambition to be a teacher as it was a source of fulfillment. He also expressed his gratitude for the support he has received throughout his writing career and those who have touched his life. “To the young people, who have spent time listening to my drivel, and to the older people who have tolerated me all of these years,” said Jose.

Culture, History, Revolution, and Memory

Jose also passionately expounded on the importance of developing and elevating Philippine folk crafts. “For Filipinos to appreciate their culture, we must go down to the basics—to the folk crafts, to the folk dances, to the folk stories, and use these to elevate folk culture into a much higher level.” Jose stated that the folk arts in the Philippines are dying; however, he stressed that for a country to excel in industry, it must hone its folk crafts. This, the National Artist observed, was the reason why Japanese manufacture is excellent as the Japanese hone and excel in their native crafts.

Jose also spoke of Philippine national hero Jose P. Rizal who he claims is a source of inspiration and influenced him as a writer. Jose recounted how, as a youth, reading Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere so moved him that instances of injustice never failed to impel him into feelings of outrage. “This is what we don’t have today. We are no longer outraged by the injustices that occur around us,” said Jose.



He also refuted the notion that Rizal was not a revolutionary. “Anyone who has read the Noli will know at once that Rizal was a revolutionary simply by writing the book. … The man in that novel, the author … who was speaking the truth, who was contextual, who opposed Spanish tyranny, was a revolutionary. What American scholars described as the first postcolonial writer,” said Jose.

While Jose expressed his concern that many Filipinos lacked memory, he was hopeful that the collection would link a reader to the collective history of our nation. “The primary objective of the writer, as I see it, is to give our people memory. In giving our people memory, I am so happy that La Salle has agreed to keep my books because I hope that, in the future, somebody might read them and remember,” he said.

Forum: The Manuscript Doctor | November 12, 2013

DLSU hosts its NBDB-sponsored International Literary Festival on November 12, 2013 (Tuesday). One of the parallel sessions will be The Manuscript Doctor scheduled from 2:40 to 4:10 p.m., at Conference Room 3A, Faculty Centre.

The Manuscript Doctor is a forum where potential authors (students, faculty, etc.) bring their book ideas/proposals/manuscripts for review by a panel of publishing house representatives. A 10-minute talk on publishing criteria will foreground the 1.5-hour period. Writers will then queue up to meet a panelist individually for 10 minutes or so to present details of their project and/or sample chapters. In turn, the panelist will read and comment on the proposal as to its merits/demerits and if they would be interested in acquiring it for publication.

The last 15 minutes will be devoted to each panelist introducing themselves and their publishing houses, their in-house criteria for book projects, and other information pertinent to the objective of the activity. The aim of this event is to foster a publishing culture that starts writers off at a young age. Karina Bolasco (publisher, Anvil Publishing), Agatha Verdadero (publisher, Master Publishing), and a few other industry players will be part of the panel.

Please come on time to reap the full benefits of the session.

Panayam: “Karatulastasan” ni Prop. Voltaire M. Villanueva | Oktubre 17, 2013

INAANYAYAHAN ANG LAHAT sa isang  Seryeng  Panayam Rogelio G. Mangahas mula sa DEPARTAMENTO NG FILIPINO, Kolehiyo ng Malalayang Sining. Ito ay pinamagatang, “KARATULASTASAN: Isang Batayan ng Pang-unawa sa Sining ng Lansangan Gamit ang Larawan at Tanaga”  ni Prop. Voltaire M. Villanueva.

Gaganapin ito sa Oktubre 17, 2013 (Huwebes) sa ganap na 9:40 n.u. – 11:10 n.u. sa Yuchengco 407.

DLSU’s Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center hosted IYAS Anthology book launch

Photo courtesy of Balay Sugidanun

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY’s Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) hosted the IYAS Anthology 2001-2010 book launch last September 2 at the European Documentation Centre, Henry Sy Sr. Hall.

The anthology includes poetry, fiction, and plays in Filipino, English, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon by various IYAS Creative Writing Workshop fellows from 2001 to 2010.

Editors for the anthology are Dr. Elsie M. Coscolluela (General Editor), Dr. Marjorie Evasco (Cebuano), Mr. John Iremil Teodoro (Hiligaynon), Dr. Genevieve Asenjo (Filipino), and Ms. Susan Lara (English).

Lecture: “The Limits of Postcolonial Performativity” by Prof. Antonette Arogo | August 8, 2013

AS PART OF the  Cirilo F. Bautista Lecture Series, the Department of Literature cordially invites everyone to a lecture entitled, “Wrestling with the Angels”: The Limits of Postcolonial Performativity by Prof. Antonette Arogo. This will be held on August 08, 2013 (Thursday) at 2:40-4:10 p.m, Old Library 3rd Floor, Conf. Rm. 3A.


Antonette P. Talaue is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature of De La Salle University-Manila. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Language and Literature at the same university. She was also a participant in The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University in 2009. At present, she is the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center Writing Fellow for Literary Criticism.

A Lecture on Vietnamese Literary and Cultural Studies by Mariam Lam | July 11, 2013

THE DEPARTMENT OF Literature cordially invites everyone to the 2nd Southeast Asian Literary & Cultural Studies Lecture Series, with a lecture entitled, “Vietnamese Literary and Cultural Studies in a Regional and Global Frame” by Mariam B. Lam, Associate Professor of  University of California, Riverside. This will be held on  July 11, 2013 (Thursday) at 2:40 –4:10 PM, at Ariston Estrada Seminar Rm. LS126.


DLSUPH releases Mabuhay!

MABUHAY!, A NOVEL about the Philippines during the second World War, was recently launched by De La Salle University Publishing House.

In the book, the late Marcial Lichauco and Carlos Quirino (HS’27) provided a rich historical account of wartime conditions in Manila and other parts of Luzon, particularly Bataan, where Filipino and American soldiers made their last stand. Quirino is National Artist for Historical Literature.

BNSCWC launches “Fishes of Light”

THE BIENVENIDO S. SANTOS Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) and the Literature Department launched Fishes of Light/Peces de Luz: Tanrenga in two tongues by Literature Full Professor Dr. Marjorie Evasco and Cuban writer Alex Fleites on March 22, 2013 at the 5th flr. Multipurpose Room of DLSU Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

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