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14 November 2010

Acclaimed international authors and the country's top writers join LOL:Lit Out Loud

If you love books and literature, there's no way you should miss next week's Manila International Literary Festival from November 18 to 20 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City. Acclaimed international authors and literary agents and many of the country's literary greats will be in attendance to talk about reading and the writing craft in the country's biggest literary event.

Below are the 55 reasons why you should call up 892-1801 and register now!

Foreign Speakers

Christopher Cheng (Australia)

Award-winning children’s book author

Mita Kapur (India)

Founder of Siyahi Literary Agency, the leading literary agency in India

Organizer of the Jaipur Literature Festival

Andy Mulligan (UK)

Acclaimed author of young adult novels Ribblestrop and Trash

David Parker (Hong Kong)

Chairman of the Man Asian Literary Prize

Vikas Swarup (India)

Bestselling author of the Academy award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and Six Suspects

Jayapriya Vasudevan (India/Singapore)

Literary agent of the literary agency Jacaranda Press

Local Speakers

Gemino Abad (Manila)


Gerry Alanguilan (Laguna)

Graphic Literature

Dean Francis Alfar (Manila)

Speculative Fiction

National Artist Virgilio Almario (Manila)


Merlie Alunan (Tacloban)

Regional Literature

Rino Balatbat (Manila)

Trade Books Marketing

Abdon Balde, Jr. (Bicol)

Regional Literature

Karina Bolasco (Manila)

Trade Books Marketing

Oscar Campomanes (Manila)

Literary Criticism

Jose Wendell Capili (Manila)

Literary Criticism

Michael Coroza (Manila)


Isagani Cruz (Manila)

Literary Criticism

Jose Y. Dalisay (Manila)


Karl de Mesa (Manila)

Genre Fiction

Ricardo de Ungria (Davao)

Translation, Poetry

Marjorie Evasco (Manila)


Ralph Galan (Manila)

Travel Writing

J. Neil Garcia (Manila)

Poet and Literary Critic

Jerry Gracio (Manila)

Screenwriting and Poetry

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo (Manila)

Creative Non-fiction

Carljoe Javier (Manila)

Genre Fiction

Cyan Abad-Jugo (Manila)

Young Adult Fiction

Patricia May Jurilla (Manila)

History of the Book

Luis Katigbak (Manila)

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Marne Kilates (Manila)

Poetry and Translation

Jose F. Lacaba (Manila)

Poetry and Screenwriting

Troy Lacsamana (Manila)

Library Appreciation

Angelo Lacuesta (Manila)


Susan Lara (Manila)


National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera (Manila)


Resil Mojares (Cebu)

Regional Literature

Charlson Ong (Manila)


Elbert Or (Manila)

Graphic Literature

Maritoni Ortigas (Manila)

Library Appreciation

Carla Pacis (Manila)

Young Adult Fiction

Mailin Locsin (Manila)

Reading Appreciation

Eric Ramos (Manila)


Danton Remoto (Manila)


Ana Rodriguez (Manila)

Reading Appreciation

Erwin Romulo (Manila)

Literary Journalism

Tara FT Sering (Manila)

Fiction and Travel Writing

Angelo Suarez (Manila)

Poetry and New Forms

Ramon Sunico (Manila)

Children’s Literature

Yvette Tan (Manila)

Genre Fiction

Rose Torres-Yu (Manila)

Literary Criticism

Carlo Vergara (Manila)

Graphic Literature

Criselda Yabes (Manila)

Literary Journalism

Tony Yanza (Manila)


Alfred Yuson (Manila)


DAY 1 November 18


8:00 Registration

9:00-10:00 (Bahia Room) Keynote Speech The Novel by Jose Y. Dalisay

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break


A panel on the novel (Bahia Room).

Panelists: CristinaPantoja Hidalgo, Patricia May Jurilla, Rose Torres-Yu. Moderator: Jose Y. Dalisay

12:00-1:30 Lunch Break

PM Breakout Sessions


Translating from the Regional Languages (Dasmariñas Room).

When translating from the regional languages, do we accept that English is the translation we need,or should we translate to Filipino?

Panelists: Marne Kilates, Marjorie Evasco.

Moderator: Ricardo de Ungria

Intertextuality and Plagiarism (Bel-Air).

Is the novel dead? Is the practice of intertextuality technique a violation of the other artist’s copyright?

Panelists: Angelo Suarez, Carljoe Javier, Angelo Lacuesta.

Moderator: Isagani Cruz

Literary Journalism (North Forbes).

Panelists: Mita Kapur, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Criselda Yabes.

Moderator: Susan Lara

3:00-3:30 Coffee Break


Writing the Asian Experience in English (Dasmariñas).

How writing in English can reflect the Asian experience. Panelists: Vikas Swarup, Alfred Yuson. Moderator: J. Neil Garcia

Roots and Imagination: What do we write about? (Bel-Air).

Bringing our own experiences to the world to reach markets, does one need a big theme? Should one write about nation?

Panelists: Christopher Cheng, Andy Mulligan, Charlson Ong.

Moderator: Gemino Abad

The Importance of Literary Agents and How to Get One (North Forbes).

How Philippine writers can break into the international market through a literary agent and how to find one.

Panelists: Mita Kapur, Jayapriya Vasudevan.

Moderator: Jose Y. Dalisay

6:00-7:00 Cocktails at the Filipinas Heritage Library (by invitation only)

DAY 2 November 19

8:00 Registration

AM Breakout Sessions


How to Market Literary Titles (Dasmariñas).

Marketing literary titles for different markets.

Panelists: Rino Balatbat, Mita Kapur, Jayapriya Vasudevan.

Moderator: Karina Bolasco

Genre Fiction (Bel-Air).

Panelists: Dean Alfar, Karl de Mesa,Yvette Tan.

Moderator: Tara FT Sering

The Children’s Market: What has Changed in 20 Years and What Sells Now (North Forbes).

Panelists: Christopher Cheng, Andy Mulligan.

10:30-11:00 Coffee break


Emerging Forms of Literature (Dasmariñas)

The prevalence of new forms/experimental literary works.

Panelists: Vim Nadera. Angelo Suarez.

Moderator: Erwin Romulo

The Young Adult Novel (Bel-Air)

The forms, the topics, the age, and being culturally specific.

Panelists: Andy Mulligan, Christopher Cheng.

Moderator: Ramon Sunico

Writing Online (North Forbes).

The forms, what to write about, and how writers promote themselves online.

Panelists: Carljoe Javier, Luis Katigbak, Marne Kilates.

Moderator: Tarie Sabido

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

PM Breakout Sessions


From Manuscript to Film (Dasmariñas).

Screenwriters and filmmakers on the challenges of writing for film.

Panelists: Jerry Gracio, Eric Ramos, Vikas Swarup.

Moderator: Jose F. Lacaba

Graphic Literature (Bel-Air).

The country’s top graphic lit artists on how to break into the graphic lit scene and the future of the genre in the country.

Panelists: Gerry Alanguilan, Elbert Or.

Moderator: Carlo Vergara

How to Teach Literature to Young Adults (North Forbes).

A lecture for teachers on how to read and teach different genres of literature to young adults.

Panelists: Anna Rodriguez.

Moderator: Mailin Paterno-Locsin

3:00-3:30 Coffee break


Filipino Poetry over the Years (Dasmariñas).

Panelists: Rio Alma, Bienvenido Lumbera, Roberto Añonuevo.

Moderator: Michael Coroza

How to Make Book Trailers (Bel-Air).

Christopher Cheng

Travel Writing (North Forbes)

How to turn one’s personal journal into publishable essays.

Panelists: Cristina Hidalgo, Tara FT Sering.

Moderator: Ralph Galan

DAY 3 November 20

8:00 Registration

AM Breakout Sessions


The Man Asian Literary Prize: What Makes an International Prizewinning Book? (Dasmariñas).

The latest changes in the Man Asian rules and the importance of winning international awards.

Panelists: David Parker,Charlson Ong, Alfred Yuson.

Moderator: Jose Y. Dalisay

Literary Appreciation for High School Students (Bel-Air).

Reading appreciation for literary pieces.

Panelists: Carla Pacis, Cyan Abad-Jugo.

Moderator: Carla Pacis

A Library that Reaches Out (North Forbes).

How librarians can make libraries more interactive to attract readers.

Panelists: Troy Lacsamana (Quezon City Public Library), Maritoni Ortigas (Filipinas Heritage Library)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break


Storytelling Workshop for Teachers (Dasmariñas).

Facilitator:Tony Yanza

Writing the Diaspora (Bel-Air).

Panelists: Oscar Campomanes,Jose Wendell Capili.

Moderator: J. Neil Garcia

Making Your Own Center Away from the Center (North Forbes).

Non-Manila based writers on how they make literature come alive in their respective regions.

Panelists: Merlie Alunan, Resil Mojares, Abdon M. Balde.

Moderator: Ricardo de Ungria

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

PM Breakout Sessions


Launch of The F-Word (Dasmariñas).

A cooking demo and book signing with Mita Kapur.

Gender Issues in Writing (Bel-Air).

Panelists: J. Neil Garcia, Danton Remoto, Jhoanna Lyn Cruz.

Moderator: Jose Wendell Capili

100 Years of Philippine Poetry from English (North Forbes)

Panelists: Ricardo de Ungria, Alfred Yuson. Moderator: Gemino Abad


Reading and boom discussion with Andy Mulligan.

Slumdog Millionaire

Screening with Annotations by Vikas Swarup (Filipinas Heritage Library)



LOL: Lit Out Loud! International Literary Festival The LOL: Lit Out Loud! International Literary Festival will be held from November 18 to 20 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati. To register for the festival and/or select sessions, call 892-1801. For further details, call the National Book Development Board (NBDB) at 920-9853 or visit their website http://www.nbdb.gov.ph/



Anonymous enhancement said...

Wow! Thanks for the info. I'll be at Manila at those dates for business reasons. Now I have another event to visit. Just right for me. Thank you again and more power.

Thu Nov 18, 01:41:00 PM 2010  

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