Archive | January 2008

How to Win the UP Gawad Likhaan (or Any Other Literary Prize)

Filipino literary critic and Palanca awardee Isagani Cruz dishes out some fast tips on how to win the UP Gawad Likhaan, the state university’s centennial literary contest.

A whopping P200,000 is up for grabs for the winner of each category.

Watch your grammar, Cruz says, and go by the rules. You can never go wrong if you do.

Read the rest of the full-length article here.


Isabel Allende: Real Change Needs Feminine Energy

In this talk at TED2007, Latin American author Isabel Allende talks about writing, passion, and feminism.

“Heart is what drives us and determines our fate,” she says.

That is what I need for the characters in my book–a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels who ask questions, bend the rules, and take risks. . . .

Allende also shares stories of powerful women she has met, such as actress Sophia Loren, who like her was one of eight flag bearers at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Allende is funny and touching at the same time, and the lesson isn’t lost in the speech.

“For real change, we need feminine energy,” she says. She’s not saying only women should lead but encourages that we “nurture the feminine energy in men.” I wish there were more women like her.

Listen to the talk here.