The Angelite, the official student publication of Holy Angel University, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), gladly announces the 12 applicants who qualified to the 16th Pamiyabe: The Regional Creative Writing Workshop and Fellowship.

They are as follows:

  1. Abigail A. Alviz – Pampanga
  2. Dianne Christine Cabebe – Angeles City
  3. Jaypee Cabral – Angeles City
  4. Gregg Ceballos – Angeles City
  5. John Adrian V. Danguilan – Pampanga
  6. Manuel Sebastian Dela Cruz – Pampanga (All-star Fellow)
  7. Reyzeljan Josef B. Delos Trinos – Bataan
  8. Mary Rose Iggie P. Espinoza – Zambales
  9. Jayson V. Fajardo – Pangasinan
  10. Ma. Elise Christine Magbag – Mabalacat City
  11. Jay Alej Ribu – Angeles City
  12. Christine Joy Sagun – Pampanga

PAMIYABE 16: Pamangambul Para King Bayung Suli (Pagbubungkal Para sa Bagong Sibol) The Regional Creative Writing Workshop and Fellowship is a writing fellowship organized annually by The Angelite, the official student publication of Holy Angel University. Pamiyabe, translated as “gathering”, includes literary talks and writers’ clinic, face-to-face piece critiquing from well-known creative writers, fellowship and cultural activities.

The four-day workshop and fellowship, which will be attended by student writers in the university and other schools in the region, envisions honing the potential of young writers through engaging its fellows in creative discourse among their fellow writers and the workshop‘s panelists. The workshop‘s establishing purpose is to expose the young writers to the vivid world of artistic written communication through their interaction and mingling with other writers in a holistic environment.

Invited panelists this year are: Eros Atalia, Erlinda Cruz, Carlomar Daoana, Ralph Galan, Jerry Gracio, Nerisa Del Carmen Guevara and Jun Cruz Reyes.

Eros Atalia is the artist behind works like Taguan Pung (Kalipunan ng mga Akdang Di-Pambata) and Manwal ng mga Napapagal (kopi teybol dedbol buk) (UST Press, 2005), Peksman (Mamatay Ka Man) NagsisinungalingAko (VPE 2007), Ligo Na U Lapit Na Me (VPE 2009), Wag Lang Di Makaraos: 100 Flash Fiction (VPE). For a number of times his works have been recognized by the KomisyonngWikang Filipino, especially his poems and compositions. He received his Unang Gantimpala sa Pandaylipi Ink in writing a poem in 1995, Gawad Balagtas (PNU 1996), Unang Gantimpala sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (2006), and Gawad Soc Rodrigo (2007).

Erlinda Cruz served as the Cultural Activities coordinator of the Holy Angel University Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies. She also served as literary editor of The Angelite.

Carlomar Daoana is the author of two poetry collections: Marginal Bliss and the Fashionista‘s Book of Enlightenment, both of which finalists to the National Book Awards. Some of Mr. Daoana‘s works have also appeared in Likhaan 3: The Journal of Contemporary Literature, The Philippine Free press and Guardian.

Ralph Galan was a fellow to all national workshops such as Siliman in 1995, UP in 1996, and Iligan in 1997, as well as ASEAN Writers’ Workshop/conference on Poetry. His poems in English and Filipino have won prizes from the Philippine Panorama (1993) and Home Life Magazine (1998) poetry contests.

For his poetry collection, Aves, Jerry Gracio emerged a winner at the UP Centennial Prize for Literature, Gawad Likhaan, as well as the 2009 National book Award. He earned the title, “Makata ng Taon”, given to him by the Commission on Filipino language in 2005. He is a three-time winner of the FDCP Screenwriters Prize, and started writing for film beginning in the late 90s. For his scripts, Mr. Gracio has gained recognition and citations from the Film Academy of the Philippines, the YCC, Enpress, and the PMPC Star Awards. He is also a recipient of various Don Carlos Palanca awards for his short fiction, poetry and screenplay.

Nerisa del Carmen Guevara is the author of Reaching Destination: Poems and the Search for Home, a book and a CD of songs. It was given a Special Citation for Best Secular Album in the 27th Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2005. She has received A Palanca Award for Poetry in 1999. She has attended the U.P., Dumaguete, and Iligan Writing Workshops and has been a panelist for UST Creative Writing Workshops.

Jun Cruz Reyes is the author behind the titles like Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento (1981), Etsa Puwera (2002), Negros (1988) and the documentary film, NVM Gonzales, Beyond Mindoro (1996). His recognitions from award-giving bodies such as Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, UP Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino (2001), and the 2000 National Book Awards are only some among many accolades.

16th Pamiyabe will be held on October 14 to 17, 2015 at La Jardin, Home of Divine Mercy and Retreat House, Inc in Baliuag, Bulacan.


The workshop is organized in cooperation with the Center for Kapampangan Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Pamiyabe is organized by the The Angelite’s Pamiyabe project team headed by John Darwin Timoteo together with Gabriel Ocampo, Charlene Mae Torres and Ershn Yves S. Gigante.