Aleia Marie Anies and Virgin Labfest

A THOMASIAN will be among the eight fellows of a national dramatic writing fellowship program.  

Aleia Marie Anies, a creative writing major, is set to join the Virgin Labfest (VLF) 16 Writing Fellowship Program to be held virtually from Nov. 16 to Dec. 5. 

Anies said her acceptance to the fellowship program came at a “perfect time” — as she was contemplating dropping out of her course.

“I was really thinking of just dropping out; I didn’t think na I would be capable of doing anything more so nu’ng nalaman kong nakasali ako sa fellowship, I was relieved,” she told the Varsitarian in an interview.

Her entry, a 10-page manuscript from a previous playwriting course, focuses on family, grief, and mental health.

“Words will be my contribution to the world, especially since I am an active mental health advocate and words contain so much and can make or break people,” she said.

The fellowship program, a project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), consists of lectures, discussions, and workshops on playwriting and script critiquing.

This year’s mentor is playwright and director Glenn Sevilla Mas. The program will culminate with an online staged reading of the fellows’ works directed by Dennis Marasigan. S.F.C. Creencia


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