Kwentong Filipino - Filipino Stories: Angelo R Lacuesta, Danabelle Gutierrez & Miguel Syjuco
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 17:30-18:30
Venue: Al Baraha II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Session No: 20
How does the story of the contemporary Filipino transcend beyond the borders and confines of the Philippine nation? As waves of migration across different continents expand diasporic communities, vast experiences about identity, power, movement and economic privilege echo within the modern narratives of Filipino writing.
Join Filipino writers Angelo R. Lacuesta, Danabelle Gutierrez and Miguel Syjuco as they discuss writing, community, and the impact of the Filipino voice and representation on readers and writers across the globe. Delve with them into what it means to be a Filipino writer in the transnational community, with its constantly shifting nuances in ideas and language as voices homebound and in the diaspora influence each other. They will also explore their diverse processes of writing, finding community through their work, and how their unique literary environments impact and inform their careers.
Angelo R. Lacuesta is a Filipino author who has written five short story collections, two non-fiction books, and a collection of graphic stories. His new novel, Joy, navigates a Filipino man’s ruminations of memory and identity, loss and love, after a late-night virtual message rekindles relationships abandoned after decades of distance. Lacuesta is the President of the Philippine Centre of PEN International, and the winner of numerous awards including the National Book Award, the NVM Gonzalez Award, and several Palanca Memorial Awards. Lacuesta is currently based in Manila, Philippines.
Danabelle Gutierrez is a multi-award winning artist, writer, actress and photographer. Her writing has been published in The Common, Cordite Poetry Review, Postscript Magazine, ElectraStreet, WordsDance, and in a video by Vogue Arabia recited by Ciara, among other publications. She is the author of & Until the Dreams Come and I Long To Be The River and chapbooks Eventually, The River Surrenders and Softer. Born in Las Piñas, raised in Cairo, Vienna, and Muscat, Gutierrez’s current work is centered on identity and its relation to locus and the concept of home which, for the past two decades, has been Dubai where she lives, loves and writes.
Miguel Syjuco is a Filipino novelist, journalist, and professor at New York University Abu Dhabi. He is the author of Ilustrado (winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Palanca Awards Grand Prize, and other accolades) and I Was the President's Mistress!!. Dr Syjuco has contributed to the world's most respected publications, including as an opinion writer for The International New York Times. He serves on the advisory councils of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, an arts fellowship in Italy, and the Resilience Fund, a project by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime to empower communities most threatened by criminality.
This session is moderated by Alexandra Chaves
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.