In celebration of National Literature Month, the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS), together with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will hold “Banyuhay: Bagong Anyo, Bagong Buhay”, subtitled “Brushes with Chords and Chords 2017”, which will feature two events on April 24, 2017 and on April 26, 2017.

The first one is a weeklong exhibit, from April 24 to 29, 2017, of paintings and drawings in the main lobby of the UST Miguel de Benavides Central Library. The works served as cover designs and illustrations of literary titles. Asst. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi of College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) will be the curator of the said weeklong exhibition.

Second, on April 26, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a performance night will be held at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center Auditorium featuring the cutting-edge and/or nationalistic works of the National Artist for Literature recipients and emerging avant-garde writers.

CCWLS senior visiting fellow Assoc. Prof. Bernardo Bernardo, who is a veteran stage and film actor, director, and playwright himself, will direct the performances. Also, part of the performance night is a musical direction provided by Conservatory of Music Dean Antonio P. Africa and production design by CFAD faculty member Asst. Prof. Rodolfo S. Olaso.

“Brushes with Words and Chords” is one of the UST CCWLS’s oldest existing programs and dates from the time of its founding director, Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta. It is a collaborative production between the CCWLS, the Miguel de Benavides Central Library, the UST Publishing House, the Faculty of Arts and Letters, the Conservatory of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and the UST Graduate School; it consists of literary readings and musical performances featuring UST officials, faculty members, alumni and students, as well as exhibits featuring Thomasian artists and affiliates.

Featured National Artists include Virgilio S. Almario, Francisco Arcellana, Cirilo F. Bautista, Levi Celerio, Ernani J. Cuenco, Nick Joaquin, F. Sionil Jose, Bienvenido L. Lumbera, Edith L. Tiempo, Rolando S. Tinio, and Jose Garcia Villa.

The event is open to creative writers, literary enthusiasts, and the general public.

For more information and seat reservations, call Ms. Anna Cecilia Nicolas at 406-1611 local 8281.

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