Villafania, Santiago B.

Santiago B. Villafania is a Pangasinan poet [based in Manila]. He writes in Pangasinan, Filipino/Tagalog and English. 

He was born in Tuliao, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan on January 31, 1971. Finished a Bachelor of Arts degree Major in English at the University of Pangasinan in 1991. 

Some of his poems have appeared in local and international print and web publications. His poetry collection in Pangasinan language Balikas na Caboloan is among the works published by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under its UBOD New Writers Series (2005). 

Villafania advocates for the resurgence of Pangasinan as a literary language. He was awarded the Writer of the Year (2004) by the Ulupan na Pansiansia’y Salitan Pangasinan (Association for the Preservation of the Pangasinan Language) and Award of Merit (2005) by the Association of Writers and Authors for Regional Development (Region I) for his first book, Pinabli tan arum ni’ran Anlong(Beloved and Other Poems) published in 2003.

His second book of poems, Malagilion: Soniton Pangasinan , is an attempt to open the propylaea of literary renaissance in Pangasinan. He is currently coming out with a chapbook of his poems in English titled Murtila.

He teaches literature at Emilio Aguinaldo College Manila.