Local Speakers

PHOTO_Abrera.jpgJess Abrera is one of the pioneers of The Philippine Inquirer (PDI), working there for 24 years. He is the chief cartoonist and comics editor of The PDI where his comic strips A. Lipin & Pinoy Nga! are published. Mr. Abrera received the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle for Pinoy Nga! He won Best Humor in Cartoons from the Catholic Mass Media Award (CMMA) and Best Editorial Cartoon in 2006, 2007 and 2008 entering him into CMMA’s Hall of Fame. He also received the grand prize for children’s book illustration in 1987 for the book Handyong from The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY).



PHOTO_Ericson Acosta 3.jpgEricson Acosta is a cultural worker, peasant rights activist and former political prisoner. He is the author of Mula Tarima Hanggang (UP Press, 2015), a collection
of poems and songs he wrote while in prison. He is a member of SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) and CAP (Concerned Artists of the Philippines).



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Ani Rosa Almario is the Vice-President of Adarna House, Inc. She is also school director and founder of the Raya School. She is the president of the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), and the secretary general of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY).



alvina.pngCorazon S. Alvina has been engaged in cultural work for more than 25 years: in museums, publications, and teaching, as director of the National Museum of the Philippines (2001-2010), and first director, then president of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (1990-2001). As part of the original faculty for its post graduate program on cultural heritage, she was associate professorial lecturer in the graduate school of the University of Santo Tomas mentoring on museum contexts and issues, and education and interpretation (exhibition design). Her latest international curatorial work was Philippines Archipel d’Echange, an exhibition of ethnographic art in 2013, for the Musee de quai Branly in Paris, France.



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Analyn Salvador-Amores, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist and associate professor at the University of the Philippines in Baguio. She earned her doctorate from Oxford University, UK. Her research interest includes non-western aesthetics, endangered languages, material culture and visual anthropology. Included in her publications is the award-winning book Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kalinga Society(2013), a comprehensive and significant work on Kalinga tattooing published by the University of the Philippines Press and the Cordillera Studies Center. Ikin, as she is fondly called, continues to carry out anthropological fieldwork among the indigenous communities in northern Luzon.


PHOTO_BayugaMayette M. Bayuga has the short story collections Babae, sa Balumbalonan ni Hakob (UST Publishing House, 2015) and Virgintarian at iba pang Akda (UP Press, 2002).   She also wrote the erotic novelettes Sa Templo ni Tamilah and Halinghing sa Hatinggabi (Tapat Journal, 2011). Her novel Sa Amin, sa Dagat-dagatang Apoy (UP Press, 2015) was awarded the NCCA Writer’s Prize in 2009. In 1994, she finished the essay collection Babalyan Man, Babae Rin through a Literature Grant from the CCP. She has won the Palanca Awards for Maikling Kuwento. She is a Freelance Writer of Upwork, a global freelance platform.


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John Bengan
teaches writing and literature at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao. His work has appeared in the Philippines Free Press, Davao Harvest 2, Likhaan Journal 6: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Hoard of Thunder, Kritika Kultura, Asiatic, and The Brooklyn Rail. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City. He has won prizes from the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his fiction. He lives in Davao City.



PHOTO_Karina BolascoKarina Bolasco has been in book publishing for thirty-five years now – ten years at National Bookstore and twenty-five years at Anvil, which she helped found and grew into the biggest and most prestigious publishing house in the Philippines today. Anvil has been cited Publisher of the Year eleven times and 205 Anvil titles have been given the National Book Award in different categories by the Manila Critics Circle. Karina was hailed as one of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) in 1995 for her work in book publishing and literacy development. She currently chairs the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and is Vice-Chair of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc (FILCOLS). She is a board member of the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). She has spoken in publishing conferences here and abroad and her work is in several anthologies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature.


Ian CasocotIan Rosales Casocot was born in Dumaguete City in 1975, and studied in the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and in Silliman University, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor in Mass Communication degree. He has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Silliman University, where he is a faculty of the Department of English and Literature. He was a fellow for fiction in English in the National Writers’ Workshops in Dumaguete, Baguio, Cebu, and Iligan. He has won several Don Carlos Palanca Awards and an NVM Gonzalez Prize for his fiction, and was chosen as one of the authors for the UBOD New Writers Series 2003 by the country’s National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). His novel Sugar Land was longlisted in the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize. One of his stories, “Old Movies,” has been translated to French. He is a correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and writes two weekly columns, “The Spy in the Sandwich,” for StarLife Magazine of the Visayan Daily Star, and “Tempest in a Coffee Mug” for MetroPost. He was Writer in Residence for the International Writers Program of the University of Iowa in 2010. He also does graphic design, and has recently produced the documentary City of Literature, directed by the Chinese filmmaker Zhao Lewis Liu.


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Christoffer Mitch Cerda is the Associate Director of the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices. He is currently an instructor at the Ateneo de Manila University, teaching Theories in Writing. He completed both his MA in Literature (Filipino) and BFA in Creative Writing, at Ateneo. Currently, he is taking up Ph.D. in Philippine Studies, at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. His research interests consist of Creative writing (short story) and Narrative Studies. He is the author of the book, Paglalayag Habang Naggagala ang Hilaga at Iba Pang Kuwento



Paolo ChikiaPHOTO_Chikiamcomco writes prose, comics, and interactive fiction (Slammed! from Choice of Games). He’s the Managing Editor of Studio Salimbal (SalimbalComics.com), and runs the Rocket Kapre blog (RocketKapre.com). He has edited Alternative Alamat, an anthology of stories that re-imagine Philippine mythology, as well as the magazines Kwentillion and Bookwatch. His fiction has been published in anthologies such at The Sea is Ours and the Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction (2005-2010). His comics include Mythspace, Sparrows’ Roar, Muros, and Bravos: Manila, the last a part of a new superhero universe where only Filipinos have powers.


Revised Photo_Michael Coroza.jpgMichael M. Coroza is an Associate Professor in Filipino Literature, Creative Writing, and Literary Translation at the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, where he holds the Rev. Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J., Endowed Professorial Chair in History and Humanities. A multi-awarded poet, essayist, and literary translator, he received the Southeast Asia Writers (S.E.A.WRITE) Award from the Royalty of Thailand in 2007 and the Ani ng Dangal Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2009. He has published 2 books of poems, 4 storybooks for children, 3 books of literary translation, 3 books on language studies, and a number of critical essays and articles in national and international journals such as Malay Indonesian Studies, Philippine Studies, Bulawan Journal of Philippine Culture and the Arts, Daluyan, and Unitas. Some of his poems have been translated into English and Bahasa and anthologized in The Sounds of Asia (2011), The SEAWrite Anthology of ASEAN Short Stories & Poems (2008), Antologi Puisi dan Kemanusiaan (Anthology of Poetry and Humanity) (2004), and ASEANO: An Anthology of Poems from Southeast Asia (1995). He represented the Philippines in the 2nd Korea-ASEAN Poets Literature Festival at Pekanbaru, Indonesia in 2011 and the 10th Kuala Lumpur World Poetry Reading in 2004. In 2011, with Teo T. Antonio and Vim Nadera, he performed the Balagtasan at the San Francisco Public Library in California and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. He was an Associate at the 2014 Nida School for Translation Studies held at the Fondazione Universitaria San Pellegrino in Misano Adriatico, Italy. He is currently the Secretary General of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).


PHOTO_Conchitina Cruz.jpgConchitina Cruz teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Philippines in Diliman. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Dark Hourselsewhere held and lingered, and There Is No Emergency. She is part of the small presses High Chair and the Youth & Beauty Brigade, and she helps run the semiannual small press expo Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX). She is currently a PhD student of English at State University of New York (SUNY) Albany.



PHOTO_Jose Dalisay JrJose Dalisay Jr., Ph.D. has published 30 books of fiction and non-fiction, with six of those books winning the National Book Award. His second novel, Soledad’s Sister, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007. He has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden, British Council, David TK Wong, and Civitella Ranieri Fellow. He teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, where he also serves as Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. He sits on the board of Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators. Outside of writing, his interests include vintage fountain pens, poker, and all things Apple.


Honeylein PHOTO_Honey de Peraltade Peralta loves to read and loves to get people to read. She used to be a high school English teacher, a teacher trainer, a textbook editor and writer, an educational app product developer, an ebook publisher, and a general manager of many things digital. Her love for reading led her to initiate the Filipino ReaderCon, a yearly gathering of Filipino readers of every stripe to celebrate readers and reading.

Now, Honey tries–operative word: try–to read for a living as Southeast Asia rep of Penguin Random House

When she’s not reading, Honey also loves hanging out with her family and/or eating, the two activities not being mutually exclusive.


Revised PHOTO_RuelSDeVeraRuel S. De Vera is an author, editor and teacher. A member of the Manila Critics Circle, he is the author and editor of twelve books. His writing has received the Catholic Mass Media Award, the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and the Philippines Free Press Literary Award. He writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and is the editor in charge of the Inquirer’s book publishing arm Inquirer Books. He is a member of the Governing Board of NBDB.



Allan AAllan Derain.jpglberto Derain is an instructor of the Department of Filipino at the Ateneo de Manila University. His novel, Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag, has received numerous awards namely: the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in the Philippine Language at the 33rd National Book Awards (2014), winner for Fiction in Filipino at the 2014 Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards and the Grand Prize winner for the Filipino Novel Category at the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag, was hailed as the School of Humanities Outstanding Scholarly Work for SY 2013-2014 at the Loyola Schools Publication Awards. He is currently taking up his Ph.D. in Filipino: Malikhaing Pagsulat at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.


PHOTO_Kate Evangelista.jpegWhen Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed and No Holding Back, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.


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Andrea Pasion-Flores lives a life of books. She is a writer and copyright lawyer. She was the former Executive Director of the National Book Development Board. She is also a literary agent with the Jacaranda Literary Agency. Her short story collection For Love and Kisses, published by UST Publishing House, was a finalist in the 2015 National Book Awards.




SP_PHOTO_GalanRalph Semino Galán, poet, literary and cultural critic, translator and editor, is the Assistant Director of the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies of the University of Santo Tomas, where he is an Associate Professor of Literature, the Humanities and Creative Writing. He has a B.A. in English (Major in Literature), magna cum laude from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology and an M.A. in English Studies (Major in Creative Writing) from UP Diliman. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature in the UST Graduate School. His poems in English and Filipino have won prizes in national literary contests. He is the author of the following books: The Southern Cross and Other Poems(National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2005),Discernments: Literary Essays, Cultural Critiques and Book Reviews (UST Publishing House, 2013), From the Major Arcana (UST Publishing House, 2014), and Sa mga Pagitan ng Buhay at Iba pang Salin (forthcoming, UST Publishing House,2016).



Gwenn Galvez is tPHOTO_Gwenn Galvezhe Academic Product Manager of National Book Store responsible for product development and client engagement services for the academe. Prior to this, she was Marketing Manager of  Anvil Publishing, Inc., the publishing arm of National Bookstore . She is currently a Director of the Philippine Educational Publishers Association and an active member of the Philippine Marketing Association and the National Teachers Month Coordinating Council. She is formerly Vice President for Youth and Academe of the Philippine Marketing Association, Board Member of the Book Development Association of the Philippines and the Book Exporters Association of the Philippines. She conducts lectures on marketing, publishing, brand and product management. She is a graduate of Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Davao University and has received her CERTIFICATE FOR PROFESSIONAL MARKETER (CPM) from the Philippine Marketing Association.


PHOTO_Edel GarcellanoEdel Garcellano is a poet, critic, and fictionist, in the words of Dr. Caroline Hau, he is “one of the most influential Filipino writers of our time, one who has inspired generations of Filipino students (particularly from the University of the Philippines) to think, read, and write against the grain of mainstream Philippine literature, society, and Politics.”

Another revered literary critic, Dr. Neferti X.M. Tadiar believes that Edel Garcellano is “one of the most influential and yet underappreciated Filipino intellectuals of the last few decades.”

It is puzzling, really, how only a few Filipinos managed to read Edel Garcellano considering the fact that he is one of the most important writers this country has produced.


Photo_JNeilGarciaJ. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a fellow for poetry in Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), Misterios and Other Poems (2005), and Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques (2003). In 2009, Hong Kong University Press published its own international edition of his Philippine Gay Culture (1996). Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famous Ladlad series of Philippine gay writing. Another important anthology that he edited is Aura: the Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012. His most recent books are The Postcolonial Perverse: Critiques of Contemporary Philippine Culture, and Homeless in Unhomeliness: Postcolonial Critiques of Philippine Literature, both published in 2014. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.



SP_PHOTO_Hidalgo.jpgCristina Pantoja Hidalgo also known as Jing, has written 24 books (including 2 novels, 5 short story collections, 11 nonfiction collections, and 4 works of literary criticism), and edited about a dozen others. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines. At present, she is the director of the University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. She has also served as director of the UST Publishing House; director of both Likhaan: the UP Creative Writing Center and the UP Press; and Vice President for Public Affairs of the UP System. She is UP Professor Emeritus and continues to teach graduate courses in creative writing and literature.



REVISED PHOTO_Carl Javier.jpgCarl Javier is the Managing Editor of Anino Comics, which has published critically acclaimed books like PikoLightSixty-SixAng Subersibo, and 12:01. His critical comics writing has been presented at international conferences and published in academic journals and the collection Negotiating Culture Through Comics. He currently teaches creative writing at Ateneo de Manila University. Carl has written books of nonfiction, fiction, criticism, and poetry. His latest written work was the comic book adaptation of Egay Samar’s Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon.


SP_PHOTO_LacabaPerhaps one of the most prolific and versatile writers of his generation, José F. Lacaba has been a journalist, poet, translator, university lecturer, screenwriter, and show business specialist. Once a student at the Ateneo de Manila University, Pete Lacaba has since received recognition from several eminent award-giving bodies such as the Manila Critics’ Circle, Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA), FAMAS, Film Academy of the Philippines, Urian, Manila Film Festival, Palanca, and National Press. In 1999, he was awarded with the Centennial Honors for the Arts, given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines to 100 outstanding Filipino artists of the last 100 years. His poetry collections include Mga Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran (1979, 1996), Sa Daigdig ng Kontradiksiyon (1991) and Sa Panahon ng Ligalig (1991). Many of his screenplays have been ingrained in the Filipino consciousness; these include the acclaimed Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim (1984), Sister Stella L (1984), Oranopronobis (1989), and Segurista (1996). Pete has served as a deputy chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). He was a resident fellow of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing. At present, he is the Executive Editor of Yes! Magazine.


FerdinPHOTO_Ferdie Lopez.jpgand M. Lopez is Associate Professor in Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas, where he teaches World Literature, Phil
ippine Literature, Seminar in Literature, Gender and Media, and Thesis Writing. Prof. Lopez was the U.P. – J. Vargas Museum Centennial Fellow in Arts, Culture and Society in 1990; the 2002 DLSU – NCCA Fellow in Literary Criticism at the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod; the 2001 British Council Fellow to the 16th Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature at the Corpus Christi College, Oxford University ; the 2003 Fellow to the American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Guandong University of Foreign Studies, People’s Republic of China; the 2010 Fellow to the 6th Asian Cinemas Conference at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and the 2011 Japan Fellow to the Nagoya American Studies Summer Seminars at Nanzan University.
Prof. Lopez has edited “Views: Between Borders, Beyond Barriers – Understanding Peoples and Cultures Through World Literatures” and “Edith Tiempo Made Easy,” both published by the UST Publishing House. His scholarly articles have appeared in reputable journals here and abroad. In addition, Prof Lopez has received Outstanding Teacher Award from Trinity University of Asia (1991) and the De la Salle-College of Saint Benilde (1998); and the Silver Series Award for Outstanding Research and Publication in 2003 and 2005 from the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.



Jo-Ann Maglipon.pngJo-Ann Q. Maglipon is the group editorial director of Summit Publishing Co. Inc., which has 16 magazines and 19 websites. Of these, she is the editor-in-chief of YES!, a magazine she conceptualized and launched 15 years ago and which is the largest-circulation, across all categories, in the country today; and PEP.ph, or the Philippine Entertainment Portal, which is the most-visited entertainment portal also today.


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Mervin Malonzo wrote and drew the National Book Award-winning comic TABI PO. He also worked with writer Adam David on another title called ANG SUBERSIBO, a comic adaptation of Rizal’s NOLI and FILI. He graduated magna cum laude in UP Fine Arts. When he is not creating comics, he is creating websites, animations, and illustrations for other people and entities.



PHOTO_Jeena Marquez.jpgJeena Rani Marquez, an award-winning writer, is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is the author of Beyond Words Pahiwatig ng Lambing, The River of Gold and other essays, as well as the co-author of The Night that Changed the River. She was an ASEAN fellow of the Singapore International Foundation and had undergone training in creative writing in London, as well as linguistics training with the Northwest Center of Linguistics held at the University of Manchester. She is also a recipient of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Jeena Rani Marquez teaches semantics at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines.


PHOTO_Segundo MatiasSegundo Matias, Jr. is the author of the children’s novel, Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Batang Aswang. He won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for Alamat ng Duhat in 2011 and for his television drama Loida: Taxi Driver in 1991. He also wrote television dramas for ABS-CBN and for the program Lino Brocka Presents. Matias also wrote scripts for Regal Films, Seiko Films, and Viva Films. His television dramas Piglas and Palamuti were recognized at ABS-CBN Teleplay Contest. He is also a member of the Writers Studio Manila, an organization of writers for television and film.


Photo_Vim NaderaVictor Emmanuel Daelo Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a Professor 3 from the University of the Philippines Diliman on secondment. As the Director IV of the Philippine High School for the Arts, his programs and projects include Perya ni Andres (2013); Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (2014); Araw ng PHSA (2014), Bayani ng Sining (2014) with The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Inc.; the Rice Awareness Project (2014) with the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

A South East Asian Write Awardee (2006), Vim was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003) and recipient of the Gawad Balagtas (1998) from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. In Manila, he twice received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan — for Theater (2014) and for Literature (2010).

As a poet, he became the youngest Poet of the Year (1985) who also won awards for his novel, essay, play, and video.

He, too, is a performer. As a performance artist, he represented the Philippines in art festivals in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was chosen as the Festival Director of the first Performatura: Performing Literatures on 6, 7, and 8 November 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

On 30 December 2015, during the 119th Rizal Day celebration, he was recognized by his hometown in Tayabas City for being one of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas’ Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Francisco Balagtas (2015).



Revised photo_Bernadette Neri.jpgBernadette Villanueva Neri is a faculty member of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas in the University of the Philippines Diliman where she also pursues her PhD. in Filipino: Malikhaing Pagsulat. Her MA thesis “Naratibô: Pagkatha bilang Pagtatala ng Lesbiyanang Gunita” showcases a collection of lesbian-themed short stories. Her writings have been recognized in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Madrigal Gonzales First-Book Award, National Children’s Book Awards, and the Metro Manila Commission Professorial Chair Award. She is also one of the 2015 UP Arts Productivity Awardees. Bernadette is the former coordinator of the UP Diliman Gender Office and the current Deputy Director for Training, Outreach, and Extension Program of the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin, an illustrated book for children discussing the experiences of a child with two mothers.


Si Eman NolasPHOTO_Eman Nolasco.jpgco, 28 years old ay nagtuturo ng mga social sciences subject sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Maragondon Branch. Lumaki at nagkaisip sa Bulacan, napadpad sa Cavite nang magkaroon ng pamilya. Nagtapos ng kursong Political Science sa PUP noong 2011. Naging bahagi ng antolohiyang Ang Mga Kwento ng Supot sa Panahon ng Kalibugan, Oxymorons: Kung Paano Magsalita ang mga Walang Sinasabi at Sabi Ko Sa ‘Yo Tol, Tara na, mga self-published literary anthology mula sa PUP. Kasalukuyang tumutulong sa PUP Center for Creative Writing para sa proyektong pampanitikan nito. Tagapayo ng PUP Biblioflix, book club sa PUP at ng Writers Bloc ng PUP Maragondon, grupo ng mga estudyanteng  may hilig sa panulat.


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Tepai Pascual is a Fine Arts graduate of UP Diliman, worked as an art director in a top ad agency and now a storyboard artist for TV and movie directors. She is known for her National Book Awards nominated comic book, Maktan 1521. Her other works are “Strings” in the LUNATIC Anthology, Noodle Boy and Buhay Habangbuhay (with Paolo Herras) which now a featured full-length film.


Revised photo_Padma PerezPadmapani L. Perez, Ph.D., is an anthropologist by training and a writer by heart. She and sister Feliz run Mt Cloud Bookshop, in Baguio City. She devotes her waking hours to motherhood, writing, academe, and researching environmental issues. Her anthropological work can soon be read in her forthcoming book, Green Entanglements: Nature Conservation and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Indonesia and the Philippines, to be published by the University of the Philippines Press.



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Nicolas Pichay is a writer and lawyer for intellectual property rights. He attended the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Laguna; became a Lucrecia R. Kasilag scholar in theater arts at UP Diliman, majoring in political science; went to law school and became a lawyer in 1988; but, all throughout, continued to write for theater, films and TV.

Nicolas Pichay went on to win many awards for his writings, and was inducted into the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2007.


PHOTO_Guillermo Ramos_1Ige Ramos wears many hats: he is an award-winning book designer, food writer and visual artist. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Rustan’s Supermarket SansRival Magalogue and the Chief Creative Officer of Food and Fonts / Ige Ramos Design Studio. He’s a recipient of three National Book Award for best design. For the last 10 years, he has been collaborating with other food writers and chefs producing the most influential cookbooks in the country.  He currently collects recipes and documenting the culinary traditions of Cavite. He is also a fearless traveler and loves to cook for his partner.



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Jun Cruz Reyes is a sui-generis writer, he was formerly known as the “enfant terrible” of Philippine Letters and is now considered as one of the finest and most accomplished writers in Philippine literature. According to critics, Jun Cruz Reyes changed and raised the standards of writing in the Philippines by introducing and popularizing “Wikang kanto” (language of the street corner/informal language) to Philippine Literature at a time when almost everyone was espousingthe dicta of High-Formalism, shunning dissenters and emerging voices in the process. He won his first Palanca in 1973 with his first short story “Isang Lumang Kuwento” (An Old Tale), his first novel “Tutubi, Tutubi Huwag kang Pahuhuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Do Not Let the Bad Guy Catch You) was given the Grand Prize for the Novel Category (Co-Winner) of the Palanca Awards in 1983. His First Book, a collection of his award winning short-stories, “Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento” (The King’s Behest and Other Stories) won the National Book Award for Fiction (1983). He would receive the same Award with “Tutubi, Tutubi…” (Dragonfly, Dragonfly…) and Etsa-Puwera, in 1987 and 2001 respectively. His Novel “Etsa-Puwera”, considered by many as one of the finest novels written by a Filipino, earned the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize, Novel Category, in 1998. Last 2014, the Royal Family of Thailand conferred Jun Cruz Reyes the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award. Jun Cruz Reyes or Amang (literally, father) as he is called by his many mentees, is also a sculptor, filmmaker (he won a Catholic Mass Media Award for his documentary film “Dumagat, Ibong Lagalag”)and painter that has mounted, so far, six one-man-shows.



Reev RobPHOTO_Robledo copy.jpgledo is a music and audio producer, teacher and writer with a degree in broadcast communication. His career as an instructor spans ten years at the state university and other colleges. Reev is the author of The Testimonies, the Men of Valor series, and children’s book The Legend of The Cram. His first novel, Gitarista, was the 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice for fiction in English.



PHOTO_Rommel Rodriguez.jpgRommel B. Rodriguez teaches Philippine Literature and Creative Writing in Filipino at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is currently the Director of UP Diliman Sentro ng Wikang Filipino and an active member of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines. He is a published author of fiction and literary criticism and a staunch advocate of human rights in the Philippines.


PHOTO_SaludJoel Pablo Salud began his career as a writer and journalist of thirty years at the old Manila Standard and The Manila Times. His forays into fiction were the result of years of closely studying real life as it unfolds in the newsroom.

 He is the author of three books and has sat as judge in prestigious literary contests, including the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Manila Critics Circle-National Book Development Board National Book Awards. He lives in Metro Manila and has a wife and three children. 

He is a member of the Philippine Center for International PEN, the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas and The Manila Critics Circle.

He currently saddles his pen as the editor-in-chief of the Philippines Graphic magazine, the Philippines’ longest running newsweekly and literary publication. It is now on its 88th year.


PHOTO_Edgar Samar.jpgSi Edgar Calabia Samar ay nagtuturo ng panitikan at malikhaing pagsulat sa Ateneo de Manila University, at isang premyadong manunulat. Nagwagi na ang kaniyang mga akda sa Palanca, PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize, Gantimpalang Collantes, Gawad Komisyon sa Tula, NCCA Writer’s Prize, at National Book Award. Kabilang sa mga aklat niya ang Janus Silang Series, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, Kasunod ng 909, Halos Isang Buhay, at Pag-aabang sa Kundiman:Isang Tulambuhay. Noong 2010 naging writer in residence siya sa International Writing Program ng University of Iowa.


PHOTO_Benilda SantosBenilda S. Santos is a former Filipino professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. She is a poet, essayist and author. Santos helped in the translation of the 1986 election primers from English to Filipino. Santos has also served as director for Ateneo National Writers Workshop. Her expertise includes film criticism, literary history, literary criticism, poetics and Philippine feminism.

She co-edited Kung Ibig Mo: Love Poetry by Women, with Marjorie Evasco. She also edited Ang Wikang Filipino sa Loob at Labas ng Akademya’t Bansa, a compilation of essays on language by Virgilio Almario, Galileo Zafra, Mario Miclat, and Conrado de Quiros among others. Among her books are Kuwadro Numero Uno and Alipato. Kuwadro was part of the UP Press UP Jubilee Student Edition 2006. Her works have won in the National Book Awards and the Palancas.

She obtained her AB-BSE in English Literature at the Assumption Convent in 1970, MA in English Literature at the ADMU in 1975, PhD in Filipino at the UP Diliman in 1998.


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Charles Tan is the Content Head for Flipside Publishing. He is the editor of Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology, and the co-editor of Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 9. His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, Philippine Speculative Fiction and the anthology The Dragon and the Stars. Charles Tan has been a finalist in the World Fantasy Awards.



Anna Christie Torres is a professor of English at the University of the Philippines Baguio. She is a former Dean of the College of Arts and Communication.



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Renato C. Vibiesca
has won awards from the Palanca Awards for Literature and the Catholic Mass Media Awards. He authored several children’s books including a collection of his stories “111 Kuwentong Pambata” published by PUP Press. He finished Bachelor in Journalism, MA and Doctor in Educational Management at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is currently teaching and serving as a writing fellow of the Center for Creative Writing in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.



Revised photo_Tanya Yuson.jpgTanya Yuson is one of the founders of KAWI Content, a transmedia company based out of Singapore that identifies and develops intellectual property from Southeast Asia for multiple platforms, for the regional and the larger international market.  Previously, Tanya Yuson spent 14 years in Los Angeles where she worked in development for studios such as New Line Cinema and The Walt Disney Company. She then went on to be an executive at Millar Gough Ink, a production company whose principals were Al Gough and Miles Millar, where she worked on company projects such as SMALLVILLE  for TV and feature films such as THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR , HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE and I AM NUMBER FOUR to name a few.  Tanya is also a development consultant for the Dino de Laurentiis Company in Los Angeles as well as forprojects in the Philippines, among them the award-winning Ace Saatchi and Saatchi/ TV 5 series JASMINE. Most recently, KAWI Content’s first middle reader novel, DRU AND THE TALE OF THE FIVE KINGDOMS was the main feature of the Indonesian Booth at the recently concluded Bologna Children’s Book Fair and was launched in Indonesia on 23 April.