Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas

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Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (also known as the Writers Union of the Philippines) was founded in 1974. It stands on its goal of promoting Philippine literature and uniting brilliant Filipino writers through various seminars, workshops and symposia.

The organization's first project Afro-Asian Writer's Symposium in 1975 was followed by annual exchange visits of writers to China, literary symposia, and the publication of a calendar of writers under the term of Adrian E. Cristobal. With the election of Virgilio S. Almario as chaiperson in 1984, members of the Board of Directors of UMPIL pursued monthly meeting and project plans. In 1988, he initiated the annual Writers Congress as well as literature seminars for teachers. They even held programs in commemoration of well-known writers birth and workshops for writers in the provinces.

It was only in 1987 when the organization began using the name Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL). Since 1988, the annual Writers Congress concluded in giving off of Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas to outstanding Philippine writers.




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