There are people out there who have the ability to paint pictures with words—especially in Filipino. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be pleased to know that U.P. Diliman has a course just for you. It’s known as the Sertipiko ng Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino (SMPF) and it’s one option for those who would rather not take (or for those who do not pass) the UPCAT.
SMPF is a two-year course offered by the UP-KAL (Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura). It’s open to all high school graduates or college students who wish to pursue further studies.
If you wish to apply, the school will need the following:
1. A complete application form
2. a photocopy of Form 137 (your high school report card).
a. Make sure it has a minimum GWA of 80
b. The GWA should cover your first three years in high school and the first three quarters of your fourth year.
c. It must have a minimum average of 85 in English and Filipino
3. Samples of work you have written. Choose from two or three of the following:
b. Short story
c. Short essay
d. Children’s story
e. Novel or novella
g. Teleplay or movie script
4. Samples of written work published in a school paper or other publication
5. A recommendation from a former literature/language/creative writing teacher. It must contain the following:
a. Awards won during writing competitions
b. Work at a school paper or other newspaper
c. Information on published work or presentations or other related activities.
6. a non-refundable 400-peso application fee
7. an agreement letter between the department and the applicant detailing the requirements and privileges of the SMPF course
8. Signature/approval of the following
a. the Undergrad program Administrator
b. President of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP)
c. DFPP Teachers Committee
d. Office of the KAL Dean
Please make sure that you have six copies of requirements 1-5 above. You’ll also need a set of 6 entries placed in individual folders, all placed in an envelope with your name written on the outside.
The complete application process consists of four major steps. Student hopefuls may submit their applications sometime in February. An orientation takes place in early March, followed by a written exam in the middle of March and an interview with the SMPF committee a few days later. UP-KAL usually releases the list of chosen applicants sometime in April.
If you’re interested in the SMPF and you’d like more details, kindly contact UP-KAL by dialing 981-8500 local 2123 or 2124. You may also contact Professor Vlad Gonzales at 9244899 or email@example.com. For a more complete overview of the course, kindly check this website out.
Ms. Susan of the UP-KAL office