The Chair of the Department of Literature of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Prof. John Jack G. Wigley, Ph.D., was recently elected and inducted as a member of the Board of Trustees to the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) and Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS).
The Book Development Association of the Philippines is an umbrella organization of authors, publishers, and organizations engaged in the book and publishing trade. It spearheaded the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Publishers, the publication of the Book Industry Roadmap, the creation of the Gintong Aklat Awards, an annual book awards for publishers, and the organization of the Manila International Book Fair, the longest-running and largest book-selling event in the country. It has collaborated with the National Book Development Board on policies and events concerning book publishing and production.
The Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society is the collective management organization officially accredited by the government through Intellectual Property Philippines to collectively administer, license, and enforce the right of reproduction of authors, publishers, and other right holders in the text and image sector. FILCOLS is a member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations.
Wigley will serve as a Trustee for both BDAP and FILCOLS for two years (2022-2024).
A fellow of both the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and the Humanities and the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, Wigley is the author of six books and co-author of several textbooks on literature and creative writing.