UMPIL to hold 2019 Writers Congress, Gawad Balagtas awards on April 27

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This is a press release from Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas.

MANILA, Philippines– The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the Writers Union of the Philippines, will hold the 45th Annual National Writers Congress and the 32nd Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Francisco Balagtas on April 27, 8 am to 5 pm, at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

This event, co-presented with the National Commision for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the CCP,  marks the end of this year’s National Literature Month festivities. It is generously supported by the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry.  

The National Writers Congress, with its theme "Panitikan, Galíng, at Ginhawa (Literature, Healing, and Wellness)," opens in the morning with a keynote by Professor Felipe M. de Leon Jr, former NCCA chair.

The lecture is to be followed by two writers fora by respected writers and academicians – on "Galíng" by Noel Pingoy, John Labella, and Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr.; and on "Ginhawa" by Sylvia Claudio, Sooey Valencia, and Michael Carlo Villas.

In the afternoon, UMPIL will give out its 3 annual institutional awards – the Gawad Francisco Balagtas for lifetime achievement in the literary arts, Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez for lifetime achievement in literature educatios, and Gawad Pedro Bucaneg, an achievement award for outstanding literary organizations.

This year's recipients of the Gawad Balagtas are:

Receiving this year's Gawad Marquez Benitez is University of the Philippines Cebu Professor Lilia Tio.

Bathalad Sugbo or Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang, Incorporated (Cebu) will receive the Gawad Bucaneg.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, email UMPIL Secretary General Dr. John Iremil Teodoro. –