Lina Espina-Moore belongs to the post-Second-World-War generation of writers who have contributed to the vitality of Philippine literature in English. She has written novels, short stories, essays, and poetry in Cebuano. She is a board member of the Philippine Center of International PEN and Chairman, PEN (Cebu Chapter).
Among her awards are the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for 1994, when she won first prize in the short story contest and for her “outstanding contribution to Philippine arts and letters.” She was also the “unanimous choice” by the Creative Writing Center at the University of the Philippines for the 1995-96 National Fellowship in Literature, an honor she couldn’t accept because of health reasons.
Previous awards include: Outstanding Achievement in the Field of English Literature from the Province of Cebu (1975), Pan Pacific Southeast Asian Association Award in the Field of the English Novel (1975), Magsusulat Award for Exemplary Contribution to Literature in Cebuano (1987), and the much-esteemed Thailand Southeast Asian Write Award presented by HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn for her novel Heart of the Lotus in 1989. In 1992 she received both the Women in Travel Award in the Field of Literature and the Literary Award from the Mariano F. Manguerra Foundation.
During her marriage of 17 years to C. S. (Kip) Moore, an American lumber company executive, she lived in Mt. Data, Mountain Province, where she wrote extensively on the life and times of the tribal minorities of the Central Cordilleras.