Heights Ateneo and a number of other university-based literary and artistic publications met up at University Hotel in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman last November 28, 2014 for “Lit UP,” a UP Writer’s Club sponsored event that aimed to gather collegiate writing organizations to interact and promote their folios, zines, and other works.
Grace Kelly Ang of the UP Writer’s Club (UPWC) opened the program by welcoming the various collectives to the event and explained that Lit UP was the first of its kind to be sponsored by UPWC. Hosts Nina Martinez and Kabel Mishka Ligot then proceeded to introduce the different publications and organizations.
Sulat Kamay of UP Diliman presented their various projects such as their book series entitled, “Penzette: Dyornal ng mga Laglag,” and “Sumpak da Destroyer,” a monthly zine written in Filipino, among others. UP Graphic Arts in Literature, (UP GRAIL) expressed that its members included not only writers and artists, but comic enthusiasts as well. The Varsitarian of the University of Santo Tomas, the only news-based publication present, clarified that while it was primarily journalistic, it also had editorial sections for art and literature, and also sponsored writing workshops. Heights Managing Editor for External Affairs Jam Pascual explained that Heights Ateneo, unlike most of the other groups, was a deliberating publication that published the works of the Ateneo community. Finally, the UPWC talked of its long literary tradition, which includes eight National Artists for Literature such as Nick Joaquin and NVM Gonzales. UPWC continues to hold regular workshops and literary readings.
There were also intermission numbers by Ourselves the Elves, Shirebound and Busking, and Rocky Deleste, in between the different speakers of the publications.
Palanca Awardee for Poetry Conchitina Cruz also gave a lecture on her own experiences in writing and publishing. According to her, much of the development of Philippine literature, especially in English, can be attributed to the college folios. Cruz also spoke of the freedom a writer is able to experience when she labors in the different aspects writing such as setting up an organization, layout, and publishing which ultimately contributes to enlarging the literary scene.