Lolarga, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lolarga is a Journalism graduate of the University of the Philippines in 1977. As Babeth Lolarga, she is the author of two poetry books: The First Eye(Kalikasan Press) and dangling doll: poems of laughter & desperation (Paper Tigers) and co-publisher of Project Sea Hawk: The Barbed Wire Journal by Dolores Stephens Feria. Her poems have been anthologized in Filipina I (Marra Pl. Lanot, Mila Astorga Garcia and Lilia Quindoza-Santiago, eds.), Brown River, White Ocean: Twentieth-Century Philippine Literature in English (Luis H. Francia, ed.), Women on Fire (Lorna Kalaw Tirol, ed.), Habit of Shore: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, ’60s to the ’90s (Gemino H. Abad, ed.), Sa Ngalan ng Ina: 100 Taon ng Tulang Feminista sa Pilipinas (Quindoza-Santiago, ed), The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1997 (Gemino H. Abad and Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, eds.), Turnings: Writing on Women’s Transformations(Luisa Igloria and Renee Olander, eds.) and Beauty for Ashes (Mario I. Miclat and Romulo Baquiran Jr., eds.). Co-edited these books: Telling Lives: Essays by Filipino Women and Sisterhood Is Global: Dialogues in the Philippines for Circle Publications, The Quintessential Guide to Filipino Gay Etiquette by Jomar Fleras (ReachOut Reproductive Health Foundation) and Pasig: Ang Nakaraan, Sandigan ng Kinabukasan (Araw ng Pasig). Edited The Garden of Two Dragons Fucking by Jerusalino V. Araos (Miratala Publishing Collective); Islander by Elizabeth V. Reyes (Anvil), National Book Award winner for best travel book;Kalamansi With Honey (Circle Publications) by Susy Pineda-Mercado, M.D.;Ladies’ Lunch and Other Ways to Wholeness and A Spiritual Pillow Book , both by Gilda Cordero-Fernando and Mariel N. Francisco (GCF Books).

She worked as copy editor of Sanghaya 2001: Philippine Arts and Culture Yearbook (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) and Pinoy Pop Cultureby Gilda Cordero-Fernando and M.G. Chaves (Bench) and served as managing editor of Archipelago , the Philippines’ online magazine in 1998. She worked as editor at the press office of then Sen. Wigberto Tañada during his reelection campaign in 1992 and was associate editor of The Sunday Times Magazine of The Manila Times (1989-91) where she also wrote a food column, “Saucy Dish.”

She is a winner of the 1985 Pediatrica-Philippine Pediatrics Society journalism award and Outstanding Freshman Portfolio Award 2005 from the UP College of Fine Arts and has conducted workshops on feature writing and creative writing for children and teens at the Summer Arts Festival of the UP College Baguio and the First Sagada Summer Arts Festival in the 1990s. Lolarga was a fellow of the National Summer Writers Workshop of the UP Creative Writing Center in 1981 and Wika ng Kababaihan Writing Workshop in 1995. She currently is a fine arts student at UP Baguio and works as a freelance writer-editor.