Thursday, November 11, 2010

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. Below is the festival program:

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

10:30-11:30 (Bahia Room) A panel on the novel.

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, Kriselda 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. Moderator:

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).


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