2017 Davao Writ­ers Work­shop held

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THE 2017 Davao Writ­ers Work­shop was or­ga­nized and suc­cess­fully com­pleted by the Davao Writ­ers Guild from Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 4 at Ponce Suites Gallery Ho­tel in Davao City.

The five-day work­shop dis­cussed the 25 and more fic­tion sto­ries, po­ems, and non­fic­tion es­says of the work­shop fel­lows for the pur­pose of strength­en­ing their writ­ing skills.

Dr. John La­bella of Ate­neo de Manila Uni­ver­sity was the Guest Pan­elist who also de­liv­ered the Key­note Lec­ture ti­tled “Po­ems in Search of Land­scape”, wherein he elab­o­rated on poetry and hu­man per­cep­tion in the im­mer­sive pres­ence of land­scapes and their his­tory.

The pan­elists who led the work­shop dis­cus­sions were Dr. La­bella, Dr. Macario Tiu, Dom Ci­mafranca, Nino de Veyra, John Ben­gan, Jay Quin­tos, and Jhoanna Lynn Cruz.

Craft lec­tures on writ­ing were also given by se­lected pan­elists. As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Cruz spoke on the “Ekphras­tic Tech­nique”, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor Ben­gan elab­o­rated on “Mak­ing a Scene: Drama and Nar­ra­tion in Fic­tion”, Asst. Prof. de Veyra’s lec­ture was ti­tled “Shadow Play: Craft­ing a Poem”, and Dr. Tiu talked about “Chore­og­ra­phy in Fic­tion”.

The work­shop, like­wise, hosted the lo­cal book-launch of “Blood­lust: Philip­pine Protest Poetry (From Mar­cos to Duterte)” on De­cem­ber 2.

The work­shop fel­lows -- a mix of stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous Min­danao re­gions who were se­lected from al­most 70 ap­pli­cants -- were In­nah Ala­man, Jan Vernix Atis, Charmaine Car­illo, Crestie Con­trata, Mivida Gar­cia, Marc Lañada, David Oquendo, Er­lyn Pi­olo, Ian Sal­vaña, Mubarak Tahir, Diosel Uyan­goren, Han­nah Vil­larba, Ralph Wabingga, Jay Yañez, and An­gelo Yu.

The Work­shop is a project of Davao Writ­ers Guild, Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Cul­ture and the Arts, and Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines-Min­danao (UP-Min­danao). Darylle Ru­bino served as Work­shop Di­rec­tor with Gra­cielle Deanne Tu­bera as Deputy Work­shop Di­rec­tor.

DIG­I­TAL WORLD. Photo shows Smart com­mu­nity part­ner­ships se­nior man­ager Stephanie Or­lino and head Dar­win Flores, Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones, Un­der­sec­re­tary Ton­isito Umali, and Di­rec­tor Mar­garita Balles­teros.

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