Here’s hoping this becomes a yearly occurrence with as much fanfare as Sinulog. The Cebu Literary Festival 2015 is the rare event that brings together a bevy of beautiful minds from different backgrounds, but with a shared passion. It’s not difficult to describe the Cebu Literary Festival – the gist is in the name. For the love of everything literary, whether it is books, music or poetry, expect wonderful presentations, talks, stories and conversations. All this is happening on June 20, 2015 at the Ayala Center Cebu (see full schedule below).

To get further insight into the Cebu Literary Festival, we went straight to the festival’s prime mover, Hendri Go.

032: What do you hope to achieve with Cebu LitFest?

Hendri: We hope to connect readers with writers and also writers to other writers. I’ve also said this last year, we want to make Literature hip for the young, do a Lollapalooza for Literature, where fellow book geeks can gather, socialize and build a sense of community.

To get further insight into the Cebu Literary Festival, we went straight to the festival’s prime mover, Hendri Go.

032: What do you hope to achieve with Cebu LitFest?

Hendri: We hope to connect readers with writers and also writers to other writers. I’ve also said this last year, we want to make Literature hip for the young, do a Lollapalooza for Literature, where fellow book geeks can gather, socialize and build a sense of community.

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There’s so much happening. What are you personally looking forward to on that day?

Personally I am looking forward to Zafra’s reading because I read her intensely in high school. Just like the music we listen to, the books we read in high school will always have a sentimental place in our hearts. Like a Backstreet Boys or Eraserheads or Boyz II Men reunion concert hehe.

Another thing I am looking forward to are the Folk Fiction readings. I am curious what stories we have in Cebu, and the commentary on the here and now.

Is there a story on how Cebu LitFest started?  

LitFest started when Hope Yu contacted me about a short story I had written about 20 years ago. They wanted to include it in an anthology called Brown Child and, of course, I said yes. I asked about the launch and we started to talk. The next thing I knew I was co-producing the launch. It was so much fun that I got inspired to do LitFest, and of course, Hope Yu and the Cebuano studies center is also part of that. We are co organizing it.

Ps – It’s such a thrill to be working with Happy Garaje again. They do the graphic design and make animation for us.

As mentioned, there’s plenty happening for Cebu LitFest. You should check out the schedule below:

10am 

Lit Matters: a discussion on teaching literature in Philippine schools with Christine Godinez Ortega, Joseph Tan, and Nancy Toledo. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, moderator.

11am 

Situation and Setting: a workshop for poetry and prose with Tim Tomlinson, president of New York Writers Workshop.

12nn 

Writing in Tongue: a panel on Bisaya literature with Merle Alunan, Insoy Ninal, and Bambi Beltran. Kristee Ann Delfin, moderator. Book launch.

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1pm

Coming Out: a panel on Philippine LGBT writing with Ian Casocot, Kristian Cordero, and John Iremil Teodoro. Niel Kintanar, moderator. Book launch.

2pm 

Home and Away: a panel discussion with Cebuano poets Larry Ypil, Nikay Paredes, and Jun Dumdum. Tim Tomlinson, moderator. Book launch.

3pm 

Anywhere But Here, Any Time But Now: a reading from a work in progress travel book by Jessica Zafra, followed by interview with Jude Bacalso. Book launch.

4pm

The City as A Story: Carlos Celdran talks about his Intramuros and Imelda narratives, followed by interview with Isolde Amante.

5pm 

Mojaresil: Resil Mojares in conversation with Jessica Zafra. Book launch.

6pm 

Pechakucha x #cebuLitFest with Francis Sollano of Movement for a Livable Cebu, Grace Lopez of USC Film Department, Darwin Dexter Sy of Bomba Press, Boboi Costas of Aloguinsan River Eco-Cultural Tourism, Nancy Cudis of Cebu Book Club, and Mark Deutsch and the Happy Garaje team.

Hosted by Maria Gigante.

7pm

Folk Fiction x #cebuLitFest featuring Carissa Garcia Codilla, Jude Bacalso, Nikay Paredes, Lawrence Ypil, Ian Casocot, Michelle Varron, Carlo Villarica, Don Frasco, Darliza C. Dar Juan, Patrick Abing, Marc Abuan, Iris Jakosalem, David Cua, Johnn Mendoza, Mich Padayhag, Noel Villaflor, Ahmed Cuizon, Shane Carreon, Jona Bering, Manu Rodrigo, Myke Obenieta, Jeremiah Bondoc, Edwin Joseph Castaneda and Adonis Durado. Musical performances by Therese Villarante and Nar Cabico.

See you at the Cebu Literary Festival 2015 on Saturday, June 20, Ayala Center Cebu. Use the hashtag #cebuLitFest to join the fun! A full day of everything literary! Talks, moderated conversations, book fair, readings and musical performances all day! Best of all, its free! For more information call (0915) 445-3049.

Follow the Cebu Literary Festival on Facebook for more updates.

 

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