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The Cultural Center of the Philippines sets May 16 as deadline for applications to VLF 18 writing fellowship

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through the Artist Training Division, is now accepting applications for the Virgin Labfest (VLF) 18 Writing Fellowship Program. The deadline for application is on or before May 16.

The VLF 18 Writing Fellowship Program is a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage. The fellows will take part in lectures, discussions, and workshops on playwriting and script critiquing. They will also be given tickets to this year’s festival plays, as well as the opportunity to participate in the talkback and interaction with known playwrights and directors.

This year, the VLF Writing Fellowship Program will be held from June 13 to 25, onsite at the CCP and other alternative venues, and will culminate with a staged reading of the fellows’ works on June 25 at the CCP.


Interested applicants should be college students or young professionals, 29 years old or below. The applicant should not have any play produced by a professional theater company or any play published in a literary journal. S/he must not have won in any national or international playwriting/screenwriting competition.

Applications must be submitted via email to the with the subject “VLF18WFP Application – Surname.” Only complete application requirements will be considered. The announcement of accepted applicants is on May 30. A minimal registration fee of PHP2,500 will be required of all accepted fellows. Fellows must be present for the entire duration of the program, rehearsals, and performance for the Culminating Showcase.

The Virgin Labfest, an annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried, and untested works of playwrights, directors, and actors. Co-produced by the CCP, Tanghalang Pilipino, and the Writer’s Bloc, the country’s biggest theater festival has gained a reputation for producing provocative and outstanding “virgin” plays mostly which have been recognized by the Palanca Awards for Literature.

For inquiries on the Virgin Labfest 18 Writing Fellowship Program, interested individuals can reach the CCP Artist Training Division via phone at 8832-1125 local 1605 (look for Kris Reyno) or via email at

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