Photo grabbed from Santos' Facebook page.

A UST literature alumna is among 15 fellows of a national writing workshop that honors the late Rogelio Sicat, the renowned writer and former Varsitarian staff member.

Kristinne Nigel Santos is set to join the 11th Palihang Rogelio Sicat, for dula or one-act play, to be held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio from May 16 to 18.

Santos, who was a fellow for screenplay of the UST National Writers’ Workshop this year, said the Sicat workshop would help develop her writing skills.

“Mahalaga ang kahit anong uri ng palihan para sa mga manunulat dahil sa mga bagong direksyon na imumungkahi sa’yo, na hindi mo makikita o maiisip kung ikaw lang ang nakababasa ng iyong akda,” Santos said.

Santos said a writing workshop fellow must also be open and determined to learn from the panelists’ criticisms.

Other fellows include: Ricardo Patriarca (dula); Wilmor Pacay III (dagli); Charmaine Lasar, Mubarak Tahir, Rene Boy Abiva and Rya Celine Ducusin (maikling kuwento); Mary Marvilyn Magalang (sanaysay); Arvy Rose Mena, Glen Ayala Sales, Michael Thomas Nelmida, Roy Aragon, Joy Vencel Osela, Abner Dormiendo and Paterno Baloloy (tula).

Joselito de los Reyes, chairman of the UST Department of Literature, will be among the workshop’s guest panelists.

Luna Sicat-Cleto, the Palanca award-winning daugther of Sicat, will also grace the workshop.

Other panelists are: UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature (UP-DFPL) faculty members Eugene Evasco, Joey Baquiran, Rommel Rodriguez and Ferdinand Jarin; Filipino writers Malou Jacob, Frank Cimatu, Luchie Maranan, Chi Balmaceda Gutierrez and Junley Lazaga; and guest writers Jess Santiago and Choi Pangilinan.

The workshop, organized by the UP-DFPL, is a national writing workshop on works written in Filipino.


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