Hone Your Writing Skills While Helping Fellow Filipinos: LIRA Poet-Volunteers’ Training Program 2015 [DEADLINE EXTENDED!]

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Choose Philippines | Apr 08, 2015
Hone Your Writing Skills While Helping Fellow Filipinos: LIRA Poet-Volunteers’ Training Program 2015 [DEADLINE EXTENDED!]

The Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), a national volunteer education group and the oldest organization of poets in Filipino, is now accepting sign-ups for its yearly training program.

The “poetry clinic” will run from June to November and will be held every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The sessions will be held in UP Diliman and satellite venues in Metro Manila.

The accepted fellows will go through a series of lectures and workshops that focus on the different aspects of poetry and literature in general. They will also be given opportunities to volunteer for LIRA’s nationwide education outreach program, titled the “Pambansang Edukasyong Pampanitikan” (PEP), which has served more than 3,000 people in 34 towns.

The young LIRA poet-volunteers with the beneficiaries of their outreach program in several legs:


LIRA’s intensive training program seeks to hone poets who excel not only in their craft, but who are also dedicated to the fostering of literature, language, culture, and national identity. This is in line with the organization’s thrust of “poet-volunteerism,” which merited its declaration in 2011 as one of the nation’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations.

Applicants must submit one Word Document file containing the following:

  1. bio-data (with contact details), 
  2. ID picture, and 
  3. five poems in Filipino to [email protected] 

SUBJECT LINE: LIRA Poetry Clinic 2015. (Poems in English and other languages will not be accepted.) All submissions should be in on or before May 4, 2015 MAY 15, 2015.


Scenes from the LIRA poetry clinic:


The LIRA Poetry Clinic was founded by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario (a.k.a. Rio Alma) and has been held yearly since 1985. The group is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Some of the country’s celebrated poets are products of the clinic, such as Rebecca T. Añonuevo, Roberto T. Añonuevo, Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., Michael M. Coroza, and Vim Nadera, as well as multi-awarded younger writers such as Jerry Gracio and Edgar Calabia Samar. Dr. Coroza of the Ateneo de Manila University is the current workshop director. Phillip Kimpo Jr. is the current LIRA president.


For more information, visit LIRA on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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