Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Event Details

Date: December 11, 2007 (Tuesday)
Time: 8AM - 6PM
Place: Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, QC

Should you have any problems or concerns, please contact Tin Mandigma at

Program Guide

Morning Session:


Professor Michael Chua (Department of History)
Ms. Sally Eugenio

8 AM - Registration

8:30 AM - Opening Remarks - Professor Virgilio Almario (National Artist for Literature; Dean, UP College of Arts and Letters)

9:00 AM - Patrick Flores, Gerry Alanguilan, Glady Gimena (Komiks in Philippine culture and history)

11:00 AM - Dennis Villegas, Orvy Jundis, Pablo Gomez (The study and collection of komiks)

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

Afternoon Session:


Professor Vim Nadera (Director, UP Institute of Creative Writing)
Ms. Sally Eugenio

1:00 PM - Ofelia Concepcion, Vivian Limpin, Elizabeth Chionglo, Joannah Tinio-Catinglo, Gilda Olvidado (Women in komiks)

3:00 PM - Carlo Vergara, Andrew Drilon, Andrew Villar, Carlo Pagulayan, Randy Valiente, Jonas Diego, Melvin Catinglo, Rey Tiempo, Victor Balanon, KC Cordero (Creating komiks)

5:00 PM - Emil Flores, Romulo Baquiran, Lawrence Mijares, Bobby Yonzon (Synthesis)

Closing Remarks - Bienvenido Lumbera (National Artist for Literature)

As you can see, this is not a formal academic gathering, but a symposium which may be the basis of a future and perhaps more comprehensive conference. The symposium will hopefully serve as a means for komiks artists, writers, historians, and literary scholars and critics to exchange views and opinions about komiks and the komiks industry. The organizers have tried to keep the program as flexible as possible to accommodate the open nature of this exchange. Except for the opening track, which will delve into the history of komiks and its place in Filipino popular culture, the afternoon sessions are not structured as critical presentations but as discussions. Papers will not be read so--as per the questions of several guests--please do not feel pressured to come up with abstracts or Power Point slides. At least not for this particular symposium. ;)

Partner Groups and Sponsors

UP College of Arts and Letters
UP Institute of Creative Writing
New Worlds Alliance

National Book Development Board
Mango Comics
Martin Cadlum


The symposium is free and open to everyone. However both speakers and attendees will be asked to register at the reception table, which will adjoin the entrance of Claro M. Recto Hall. Your names will be listed in the guest list.


An exhibit of komiks artwork will be on display at the FC Gallery 2 from December 8 to December 14. The exhibit is curated by Komikera. We will forward details of the exhibit and its opening on December 8 in another email.


There will be a cosplay activity on December 11 organized by the New Worlds Alliance. Members will be coming dressed as their favorite comics characters (Zuma!).


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