The 17th Iligan National Writers Workshop opens on Monday, May 24 at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Mini-theatre. Twelve writing fellows were selected for this year’s INWW. They are:
POETRY (Filipino): Bernardo Miguel Aguay, Jr., Calabanga, Camarines Sur; and Paul A. Castillo, University of Santo Tomas, Manila; (English): Roberto Klemente R. Timonera, MSU-IIT, Iligan City; (Sebuano): Gratian Paul R. Tidor, MSU-IIT, Dipolog City; Herminigildo M. Dico, MSU-IIT, Dumingog, Zamboanga del Sur; Jona B. Bering, University of San Carlos, Cebu City; (Waray): Nemesio S. Baldesco, LAMIRAW, Calbayog City;
FICTION (English): Jayson E. Parba, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City; Kyra Camille C. Ballesteros, Ateneo de Manila University, Taytay, Rizal; (Filipino): Romeo P. Peña, UP Diliman, Quezon City; (Hiligaynon): Reynaldo A. Villaruz, Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, Roxas City; and,
PLAY (English): Anili F. Butcon, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City.
The 17th INWW panelists are: Antonio Enriquez, Leoncio P. Deriada, Merlie M. Alunan, Victor N. Sugbo, German V. Gervacio, Steven P.C. Fernandez, this year’s keynote lecturer, Lawrence Ypil, and workshop director, Christine Godinez-Ortega.
Major sponsors this year include the MSU-IIT Chancellor’s Office and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Extension; the National Book Development Board; the NCCA Speakers Bureau; the Manuel E. Buenafe Writing Fellowship; JY Balacuit Memorial Awards; and, writers groups, schools, past panelists and INWW alumni who donated cash and in kind so the workshop could be held this year.