EDGAR B. MARANAN is a poet, essayist, fictionist, playwright, writer of children’s stories, and translator.
He was a fellow at the Dumaguete Writers Workshop at Silliman University in 1972. He attended the Iowa International Writing Program in 1985, became National Fellow for Poetry of the UP Creative Writing Center in 1988, won a British Council fellowship in 1992 to study contemporary British poetry at the University of London’s Birkbeck College and modern literary theory at Oxford University, and participated in the International Writers’ Residence at Le Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland in 2006. He has been invited to the 2007 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
Maranan has won a total of 30 Carlos Palanca literary prizes for his works in English and Filipino in various genres, and was inducted into the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame in 2000. He has garnered awards in other competitions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines literary contest and writing grants, Amado V. Hernandez Playwriting Competition, Institute of National Language poetry competition, Filamore Tabios Sr. Memorial Prize for Poetry, Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, Philippine Graphic Nick Joaquin Literary Awards, and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY)-Alfrredo Navarro Salanga Writers Prize which he won three years in a row, 1989-1991, forAwit ni Pulaw, Si Sibul at si Gunaw, and Si Sabel, Si Sabiong Lumba-lumba at ang Hiwaga sa Laot. His books of prize-winning poems, Alab: mga tula andAgon: poems, were published in 1982 by the UP Press. His third collection of poetry, Passage: poems 1983-2006 is coming out in 2007 under the Bookmark imprint. His book of translation, Kudaman: Isang Epiko ng Palawan na Inawit ni Usuy (Ateneo Press, with Dr. Nicole Revel McDonald), won a National Book Award in 1992. Bookmark in Manila has published several of his prize-winning children’s stories.
From 1993 to 2006, Maranan worked as Foreign Information Officer of the Philippine Embassy in London, and published The Philippine Newsletter. He co-edited, and contributed to the book Hinabing Gunita (Woven Memories: Filipinos in the UK), an oral history project of the Center for Filipinos in London. He was also an adviser of UMPUK (Ugnayan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipino sa United Kingdom).
Before his stint in the diplomatic service, Maranan taught Political Science at the UP College of Arts & Sciences, and graduate courses in Philippine Studies at the UP Asian Center, Diliman, Quezon City. A native of Bauan, Batangas, he grew up in Baguio City and had his elementary and high school education at St. Louis University. In his senior year, he was selected as the Philippine delegate to the 1963 World Youth Forum of the New York Herald Tribune. He later went to the University of the Philippines where he finished his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and his masteral course work in Political Science and Philippine Studies.
He is an active member of the newly formed Baguio Writers Group.