Christine S. Bellen graduated from UP-Diliman in 1995 with a B.A. in Philippine Studies, majors in Creative Writing and Art Studies. In 2003, she received an M.A. in Philippine Studies with majors in Philippine Literature and Art Studies. Her M.A. thesis was “Bisa ng Pantasya: Ang Imahinasyon sa Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes” which was awarded a grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development at UP- Diliman. A faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Filipino Department, she is currently pursuing her doctorate in Phil Studies with majors in History, Anthropology and Literature in UP.
She is a Writing Fellow of Pambansang Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (PANULAT) and the Barlaya Writers for Children of the UP Institute of Creative Writing and Adarna House. She is also a Literary Criticism Fellow of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing and Research Center at the De La Salle University. A former vice president of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING) and a current member of Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND), she has held several lectures regarding Children’s Literature in different universities and at the annual conferences of College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP). Her poems, stories for children and academic papers have been featured in various publications including Creative Juices: Works of the Ateneo Faculty -The First Collection .
Her books include Og Uhog, which won recognition at the PBBY- Alfredo Salanga Writer’s Prize and National Book Award in 2002, Filemon Mamon , and Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin, Rosamistica, Ang Alamat ng Lamok, Ang Parusa ng Duwende and Ang Plautin ni Periking , which are re-tellings of Severino Reyes’ Lola Basyang stories. She is also the author of LUNA: Mga Pintura at Talinghaga , a collection of her short poetry where her co-author Joel Mendez showcased his paintings, and the play Kamatayan ng Dinastiya , translated from Jean Cocteau’sThe Eagle Has Two Heads .