19 out of 106 applicants qualified to this year’s 19th Iligan National Writers Workshop (INWW) to be held on May 14-18, 2012 at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) and at the Elena Tower Inn, Iligan City.

Hosted by the MSU-IIT Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Extension’s Multi Media Information and Dissemination Unit, this workshop is funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the MSU-IIT Office of the Chancellor.

The 15 writing fellows are funded by the NCCA while four of the writing fellows are funded by sponsors: Boy Abunda Writing Fellowship, the Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen Writing Bursary, the Manuel E. Buenafe Writing Fellowship and the Bai Zaima Mamalinding Mother & Child Foundation, Inc..

The writing fellows are: Luzon – POETRY: (Filipino) Tomas Agulto, Novaliches/Southern Institute of Hagonoy, Bulacan; FICTION: (Filipino) Marvin Einstein Sarmiento Mejaro, Manila/UST Immaculate Concepcion Major Seminary; and Pia Montalvan, Manila/Philippine Christian University. (English) Glenn L. Diaz, Manila/UP Diliman; and Philip Y. Kimpo, Jr., Quezon City/UP Diliman.

Visayas-FICTION: (Kinaray-a) Norman T. Darap, Iloilo City/University of San Agustin; (Hiligaynon) Jesus Catigan Insilada, Iloilo City/West Visayas State University; POETRY: (Sebuano) Jessrel Escaran Gilbuena, Cebu City, Cebu Normal University; (Waray) Jenelyn Villegas Garcia, Tacloban City/UP Tacloban; Francis Senolos, Calbayog City/ North West Samar State University (Boy Abunda Writing Fellow). PLAY: (Filipino) Aurea Lynne Geronimo Paz, Iloilo City/West Visayas State University.

Mindanao -POETRY: (Sebuano) Teomie Langamin Nale, Jr., Bukidnon/Central Mindanao University; (English) Jermafe Kae Angelo Prias, Sultan Kudarat/UP Mindanao; and Jeffrey B. Javier, Davao City/UP Mindanao; (Maranao) Sittie Urdoja G. Madale Magayoong, Marawi City/MSU Integrated Laboratory School (Bai Zaima Mamalinding Mother & Child Foundation); PLAY: (Sebuano) Kristen Anne Solon Senajon, Cagayan de Oro City/Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan; Cheryl Love P. Sumagat, Iligan City/MSU-IIT (Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen Writing Bursary); FICTION: (English) Diandra-Ditma Aguam Macarambon, Marawi City/Mindanao State University main campus; and, (Sebuano) Iryne Ole Kaamino, Davao City/Ateneo de Davao University (Manuel E. Buenafe Writing Fellowship).

Some highlights of the workshop include the Jimmy Y. Balacuit, Sr. Literary Awards given to the most promising works by the writing fellows and the launching of the 18th INWW Proceedings entitled, A Literary Mind: Holding Up in a Pop Culture published by the MSU-IIT and edited by Christine Godinez-Ortega.

The panelists this year are: Merlie M. Alunan, Antonio R. Enriquez, Leoncio P. Deriada, Steve PC Fernandez, German V. Gervacio, J. Neil C. Garcia, John Iremil Teodoro, Macario D. Tiu, Godinez-Ortega, and the keynote speaker, Victorio N. Sugbo.

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