Philippine PEN Congress 2023 Ang Manunulat sa Mundo (“The Writer in the World”)

Philippine PEN Congress 2023 Ang Manunulat sa Mundo (“The Writer in the World”)


Cultural Center of the Philippines and PEN Philippines


October 25, 2023 | 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater)


 Ang Manunulat sa Mundo (“The Writer in the World”) is the theme of the 2023 PEN Philippines Annual Congress, to be held at the CCP Black Box on October 25, 2023. “Ang Manunulat Sa Mundo” challenges the borders and explores the boundless horizons of the Filipino writer in the present and the future. A series of important forums will discuss the rights and roles of the Filipino writer in the context of Artificial Intelligence in the creative community, and in global publishing.

The prestigious Rizal Lecture will be delivered by former PEN Philippines Board Member Karina Africa Bolasco, whose four decades of work in Philippine publishing have informed the identity and direction of the Filipino as a sovereign writer.

The Congress ends with Free the Word!—a series of readings and performances of Filipino and international poets and performers from PEN Philippines and other PEN Centres across Asia.

We invite all PEN Philippines members to attend the Congress, We also invite all Filipino writers to apply for PEN membership at New members will also be welcome to attend the Congress.

Ang Manunulat sa Mundo is co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Philippine PEN and Gantala Press are launching a donation drive to gather books (fiction, poetry and other literary works), writing materials (pens and notebooks, pencils and sketchpads), medicines and hygiene products (sanitary napkins) for our women political prisoners. Contributions are welcome at the event’s registration table.



Free and open to the public but send email to to register.



 8:00 AM

  • Registration opens

8:30 AM

  • Open house

9:30 AM

  • Welcome remarks and messages from CCP officials and PEN Philippines

10:15 AM

  • Forum 1: The Filipino Writer and AI

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM


1:15 PM

  • Introduction to Rizal Lecture
  • Rizal Lecture

2:15 PM

  • Forum 2: The Filipino in the World: Global Publishing

3:45 PM

  • Introduction/Welcome PEN International

4:00 PM

  • PEN International

4:20 PM


4:30 PM

  • Free the Word! Performances

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