THE UPLB Writers’ Club believes that even in a science-oriented community like Los Baños, the importance of arts and literature should not be overlooked as these make up the essence and soul of society. In its commitment to support the struggle for much-needed social change, the organization established an annual event that brings together young writers and students from tertiary schools in Southern Tagalog.
For the congress’ fifth year, the theme “Panitikan at Diwa laban sa Huwad na Pagbabago” highlights the promises of false reforms and how literature can be used as a tool for genuine and progressive social change.
Pandiwa endeavors to instill in its delegates the connection between literature and society, and to discourage the practice of creating art for art’s sake only.
This will be held on April 26-27, 2019 at CEC, University of Los Baños, Laguna. Renowned Filipino writers and intellectuals will be the speakers for the said event. The past congresses were graced by Sir Wilfredo Pascual, Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, Dr. Rolando Tolentino, and other distinguished speakers.
Basic and advanced literary courses are included in the congress, with speakers tackling topics such as the current state of Philippine literature, experimental writing, literary criticism, and literature as weapon, among others.
Pandiwa offers students a wide range of learning opportunities, not only coming from distinguished writers and intellectuals but also from their fellow delegates who come from various walks of life. The congress serves as a platform for meaningful literary and political discourse for the youth which is the first step in strengthening unity among writers of Southern Tagalog and one of the many steps in achieving progressive social change.
Interested participants may register at bit.ly/PANDIWA2019.
For questions and more information, you may contact Chrystel Darbin at 0933 819 3515 or send an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates will also be posted on the UPLB Writers’ Club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uplbwritersclub/.