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19 March 2011

Manuscripts wanted: UP College of Law to publish book on experiences of faculty, students, and alumni as members of the UP Law community

As part of its centennial celebrations, the University of the Philippines College of Law will be publishing a book titled Malcolmisms, a collection of true stories and anecdotes about the experiences of faculty, students, and alumni as members of the UP Law community.

Malcolmisms will be edited by Isabelita O. Reyes, Ph.D. Reyes is former Vice President for Public Affairs of the UP System, editor of the UP System centennial coffee table book Our University After 100 Years, and a published poet teaching creative writing with UP Diliman’s Department of English and Comparative Literature.

All alumni, faculty members, and students are encouraged to submit 500-1000 word stories for consideration to malcolmisms@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011.

Intended to reveal the lighter side of life at the College of Law, the book is a happy tribute to an institution that has, for 100 years, offered quality education in law and done pioneering legal and policy research. The College has contributed to shaping the Philippines’s social and political life, and has produced quite a few presidents, vice presidents, senators, congressmen, judges and Justices of the Supreme Court.

Declared by President Benigno S. Aquino III the “University of the Philippines College of Law Centennial Year”, the year 2011 will see for various activities celebrating 100 years of excellence in law. The Centennial Celebration theme is “The College of Law and the Challenges to Philippine Law at the Beginning of its Second Century.” Dean Marvic Leonen says that the celebrations will not only be a time to commemorate the UP Law’s history but will also be a time “to renew the institution's commitment as the country's bastion of legal education and research."

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09 March 2011

Philippine Star: Philippine PEN holds The Literature Workshop

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will conduct a series of teaching literature workshops in Manila and in selected regions in the Philippines this year. Called “The Literature Workshop: Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, Philippine PEN passed the following resolution: “We resolve to … work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation….”

The first lecture-workshop on teaching Philippine poetry and fiction will be held on March 25, Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at Far Eastern University’s University Conference Center in Morayta, Manila. PEN authors and university professors Gemino Abad and Danilo Francisco Reyes will be the facilitators.

The Literature Workshop is co-hosted by Far Eastern University, and supported by PEN International in UK, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

For further inquiries, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines. Tel. (632) 5230870; Telefax (632) 5255038; email: philippinepen@yahoo.com .

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