An anthology of critical writings will be launched during the 6th UST Varsitarian J. Elizalde Navarro (JEN) National Workshop in Criticism in the Arts and Humanities this week in Baguio City.
“Kritik/Critique: Selected Essays from the J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop in the Criticism of the Arts and Humanities, 2009-2012,” is edited by leading critic and scholar Oscar V. Campomanes and published by the UST Publishing House.
Campomanes is workshop director of JEN.
The book will be launched on May 29, 6 p.m., at the MT Cloud Bookshop (Casa Vallejo Bldg, DPS Compound Access Road, Baguio; 74-4244437).
Also to be launched is critic-teacher Gary Devilles’ “Pasakalye: Isang Paglalayag sa Panitikang Filipino” (published by the Ateneo Press with cover art work by Farley del Rosario). Devilles is JEN coordinator.
JEN is organized and funded by the Varsitarian, the official student paper of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and the only student paper to have an entry in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of the Arts. It is held in honor of the late National Artist for the Visual Arts and art critic J. Elizalde Navarro, who was art editor and critic-poet of The Varsitarian during his student days.
This year the criticism workshop will be held May 25-31 at the Colione Bed and Breakfast.
The 2014 fellows are Rogelio Braga (University of the Philippines-Diliman), Rina Garcia Chua (De La Salle University), Kristian Cordero (Ateneo de Naga), April Jasmin (UST), Ivan Emil Labayne (UP Baguio), J. Miguel Quizon (Ateneo de Manila University), Jix Regala (Ateneo), Paula Pamintuan Riva (UP Baguio), Juan Carlos Santos (UST), Cheeno Mario Santos (UP Los Baños), Paolo Tenchavez (UST) and Francis Luis Torres (UP Diliman).
Regular panelists are Priscelina Patajo-Legasto (UP Diliman), Oscar V. Campomanes (Ateneo/UST Graduate School), Rosario Cruz Lucero (UP Diliman), Delfin Tolentino (UP Baguio), Rebecca T. Añonuevo (Miriam College/UST Graduate School), Delan Lopez Robillos (Artery Manila), Ferdinand M. Lopez (UST), Ralph Semino Galán (UST), Gary Devilles (Ateneo) and Lito Zulueta (Inquirer/UST).
Nerissa Balce, from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Fidelito Cortes, Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Standford University, join this year’s roster of panelists.
Campomanes said the JEN workshop “has persuasively demonstrated the importance and productivity of such a forum to the formation and sustenance of critical writing/writers across and about the various arts.”
“Some of its alumni have gone on to become active and prolific critics in various media,” Campomanes added. “Others have moved on to further study abroad or in local graduate programs with the encouragement and guidance they received from the workshop’s panelist critics, and still more others have become teachers and trainers themselves in the long underdeveloped and still marginalized genre of art criticism in this country by assuming faculty positions in Manila or regional universities.”