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Arts & Culture: EUNIC Philippines and Anvil Launch at Instituto Cervantes an Anthology of European Speculative Fiction

The European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Philippines, and Anvil Publishing officially launch Haka: European Speculative Fiction in Filipino on November 28, 2019 (Thursday), 2:00PM, at Instituto Cervantes (Plaza San Luis Complex, Intramuros, Manila).

The book, an anthology of sixteen speculative fictions from seasoned writers across Europe, was compiled by Julie Nováková and former Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olša Jr. and translated in Filipino by Susanna Borrero and Louise Lopez. The collection includes stories about getting trapped in a space time continuum, heroes bringing deviation back into the world, and living two extra hours each day but with bitter consequences.

The anthology has an introduction by Julie Nováková and features the works of Peter Schattschneider, Ian Watson, Hanuš Seiner, Richard Ipsen, Johanna Sinisalo, Aliette de Bodard, Michalis Manolios, Péter Lengyel, Francesco Verso and Francesco Mantovani, Tais Teng, Stanislaw Lem, Pedro Cipriano, Zuzana Stožická, Bojan Ekselenski, Sofía Rhei, and Bertil Falk.


Haka was published with the support of EUNIC Manila: Instituto Cervantes, Goethe Institut, Alliance Française, the Philippine-Italian Association, British Council, the Embassies of Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain and Sweden, and the Honorary Consulates of Finland, Portugal and Slovenia. It is the third book in the series spearheaded by EUNIC Manila, following Layag: European Classics in Filipino (2017) and Agos: Modern European Writers in Filipino (2018).

Overall, the short stories in Haka showcase alternative realities, endless possibilities and a new perspective on European speculative fiction for Filipino readers.

The Intramuros branch of Instituto Cervantes de Manila is located in Plaza San Luis Complex, Intramuros, Manila. Entrance to the conference is for free on a first come, first served basis.

For further information, please visit Instituto Cervantes’ website at and its Facebook page at

Haka: European Speculative Fiction in Filipino is available for PHP 250.00 at select National Book Store branches, and online through and

About European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Manila

EUNIC Philippines is a cluster of national institutes for culture based in Manila (Alliance Francaise, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes) and interested embassies from the member states of the European Union in the Philippines, which aims to promote the cultural diversity and to strengthen cultural dialogue and exchange between Europe and the Philippines. EUNIC Philippines is part of a network of almost 100 such clusters present on all continents. 

About Instituto Cervantes Manila

Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the teaching of the Spanish language and increasing knowledge of Spanish and Latin-American culture. At present, Instituto Cervantes has 77 centres in 44 different countries.

Instituto Cervantes’ mission is to promote the teaching, study and use of Spanish as a second language, and to contribute to the advancement of Spanish and Latin-American cultures throughout the world. The library and cultural programs of the centre aim to enhance and provide a clear, global and updated version of Spanish culture.

About Anvil Publishing

Anvil Publishing, Inc. is an eleven-time Publisher of the Year awardee by the Manila Critics Circle, and one of the country’s biggest general trade book publisher with titles spanning the broad rays of Filipino life: business, cookery, leisure, lifestyle, fiction, self-help, reference, and children’s books.

For more information, kindly contact: Paolo Gerard Jose ( /09178355016)

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