First Philippine Literature Festival



In celebration of the centennial founding of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program, a component of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures presents a three-day literary festival to showcase Southeast Asian and Filipino literature on April 11-13, 2007.

The Southeast Asian Writer’s Panel will help kick-off this event on April 11. This will be followed by a gathering of award-winning authors in Pagtatagpo, a Philippine Writer’s Summit on April 12. And finally, it will culminate with Sa Indayog ng Wika, an evening of music, poetry and dance, which will be held at the Philippine Consulate on April 13, 2007.


Key Objectives

During this festival, Filipino and Filipino American writers from Hawaii (published and aspiring), the Philippines and the US mainland will come together to celebrate Philippine writing in all its forms: from the print medium to adaptation and performance.

To create an avenue of discourse through of literary writing among Filipino and Filipino Americans;
To discover diversity in fostering literary writings in a multi-lingual setting (Filipino, English, Ilokano o Pidgin);
To foster the appreciation of Philippine literature through the writings of Filipino and Filipino-Americans;
To encourage and show appreciation to students of UH-Manoa and local Filipino American writers of Hawaii by expressing their written works through poetry reading, storytelling and performance arts;
To strengthen the concept of creating a multi-faceted perspective in literature through the presence of renowned authors and multi-awarded individuals;
Furthermore, to launch the Program and students’ third volume of Voices from Hawai’i, the Katipunan Literary Journal – a collection of works illustrating Filipino American identity as it evolved through the years.