SyGaco, Sonia

Sonia B. SyGaco is a Mass Communication graduate, magna cum laude from Silliman University and holds a master’s degree in creative writing in the same school. She finished her doctoral studies in English Language Studies at Silliman University last March 2016.
She was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Jollibee Gawad Lampara, YMCA Outstanding Student, and Silliman University’s Leadership Award. For her exemplary leadership and dedication, she was given the 2013 Faculty Merit Award by Silliman University.
She was among the 2010 winners of the My Favorite Book Contest sponsored by the National Bookstore, won second place in the Dark Blue Southern Seas poetry division, a finalist in the 2013 International Haiku Capoloveri in Italy, and 3rd Place in the 20th Kusamakura International Haiku Competition in Japan in 2015.
To date, she has authored Writing Techniques in Creative Nonfiction (Textbook), Through the Looking Glass: Trends, Networks, & Critical Thinking in the 21st Century (Textbook), Tales from the Wordsmith (Short Story Collection), Seventeen Syllables of Love (Poetry Collection) and co-authored

The Saliling Tale of the Ulahingan Epic, One Act Musical Play and Communication in the Changing Times (Textbook). Her creative works had been published in several countries and was a writing fellow of the Iligan National Writers and Faigao Workshops.

She currently teaches and the chair of the Speech & Theatre Arts Department, College of Performing & Visual Arts at Silliman University in the Philippines.

WORKS

Books

  • Writing Techniques in Creative Nonfiction, Great Books Publishing, Manila, Philippines 2017.
  • Through the Looking Glass: Trends, Networks. & Critical Thinking in the 21st Century., Great Books Publishing, Manila, Philippines 2017.
  • Tales from the Wordsmith (Collection of Short Stories) – Author, Great Books Publishing, Manila, Philippines 2014.
  • Seventeen Syllables of Love (Haiku Poetry Collection)- Author, CreateSpace Amazon, Oct. 2013.

Co-author

  • The Saliling Tale of the Ulahingan Epic, One Act Musical Play, Co-playwright
    Silliman University Press, March 2016.
  • Communication in the Changing Times- Book Coordinator & Chapter Author, Mutya Publishing House, Philippines, July 2013.

Solano, John Patrick

Si John Patrick F. Solano ay nakatira sa San Mateo, Rizal. Nagtapos siya ng kursong Applied Mathematics sa Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at kasalukuyang kumukuha ng M.A. Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman.
Noong 2016, ang koleksyon niya ng mga tulang pambatang may pamagat na Tiniklop-tiklop na Bugtong ay nagkamit ng Ikalawang Gantimpala sa Kategoryang Tula Para sa mga Bata sa 66th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
Siya ay naging fellow ng Angono Summer Writers Workshop at Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop: Palihan sa Panitikang Pambata sa Lungsod ng Baguio noong 2014. Natanggap din siya bilang fellow ng Palihang Rogelio Sicat 10 sa Tacloban, Leyte ngayong 2017.

LIST OF WORKS

  • Math and Me, Youngblood, Opinion Section, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2 February 2017.
  • Tiniklop-tiklop na Bugtong, Kataga 2 Anthology, 15 October 2016.
  • Chicha-rabao/ Kulasisi/ Uod (mga tula), Ani 39, Literary Journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, 23 September 2016.
  • Life That Leaves a Mark, Youngblood, Opinion Section, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 27 January 2014.
  • Hayop na Pag-ibig!, poem collection published in Liwayway Magazine, 11 August 2013.
  • Daydream, poem published in Philippine Panorama Magazine, 22 July 2012.
  • Puzzle Sleuthing, Weekly Winner in My Favorite Book Essay Contest, Philippine Star, 27 May 2012.

Sánchez, Louie Jon

Louie Jon A. Sánchez teaches writing, literature, popular culture, and television studies at the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.  He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with high distinction, from the De La Salle University-Manila, where he is also a candidate for a PhD in Literature. He has won prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, Catholic Mass Media Awards, and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s Talaang Ginto Poetry Contest, where he holds the distinction of winning the “Makata ng Taon” title thrice (2006, 2009, 2011). He finished his AB major in Journalism from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas. He has a website: https://louiejonasanchez.com.

LIST OF WORKS

  • Aralín at Siyasat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, forthcoming), criticism
  • Pagkahaba-haba Man ng Prusisyon (University of the Philippines Press, 2016), creative nonfiction
  • Kung Saan sa Katawan (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), poetry in Filipino, Finalist, National Book Awards
  • At Sa Tahanan ng Alabok (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2010), poetry in Filipino, Finalist, Madrigal Gonzales First Book Awards

Ricafuente, Alrom Christian

Alrom Christian P. Ricafuente is an Aklanon writer. He writes poems, essays, short stories, travelogues, and novels. He is currently taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Biological Science in Aklan Catholic College as his second course.
His poem, ‘The Fear’, won first place in Literati Day’s Poem Writing Contest in August 2016 under the theme, language and literature advancing through the years. His poem, ‘My Dear Graduation’, and his short story, ‘The Man in Barong Tagalog’, both won second place in Literati’s Day Poem and Short Story Writing Contests in August 2015 under the theme, sharing culture through the power of language. His poem, ‘Living the Christian Way’, second place while his short story, ‘Three White Feathers’, won third place in Literati Day’s Poem and Short Story Writing Contests under the theme, language and Christian in Christian faith.

MOST RECENT WORK
Angel’s Feathers: A Collection of Poems, copyrighted 2017

Reyes, Jun Cruz

Jun Cruz Reyes is a sui-generis writer, he was formerly known as the “enfant terrible” of Philippine Letters and is now considered as one of the finest and most accomplished writers in Philippine literature. According to critics, Jun Cruz Reyes changed and raised the standards of writing in the Philippines by introducing and popularizing “wikang kanto” (language of the street corner/informal language) to Philippine Literature at a time when almost everyone was mightily espousing the dicta of High-Formalism, shunning dissenters and emerging voices in the process. He won his first Palanca in 1973 with his first short story “Isang Lumang Kuwento” (An Old Tale), his first novel “Tutubi, Tutubi Huwag kang Pahuhuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Do Not Let the Bad Guy Catch You) was given the Grand Prize for the Novel Category (Co-Winner) of the Palanca Awards in 1983. His First Book, a collection of his award winning short-stories, “Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento” (The King’s Behest and Other Stories) won the National Book Award for Fiction (1983). He would receive the same Award with “Tutubi, Tutubi…” (Dragonfly, Dragonfly…) and Etsa-Puwera, in 1987 and 2001 respectively. His Novel “Etsa-Puwera”, considered by many as one of the finest novels written by a Filipino, earned the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize, Novel Category, in 1998. The Manila City Government in an awarding ceremonies presided by Mayor Alfredo Lim, gave him a plaque of recognition calling him: “Patnubay ng Lahi” (Beacon of the Nation). The Bulacan Provincial Government, in a similar gesture of appreciation, recognized him as “Dangal ng Lipi” (Pride of the Race). Last 2014, the Royal Family of Thailand conferred Jun Cruz Reyes the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award.
Jun Cruz Reyes, aside from being an award-winning writer, is also enjoying a certain degree of popularity among the Filipino reading population as proven by his works undergoing multiple publications. His oeuvre has been described as “witty” and “satirical,” often expounding on social issues, hence, earning the ire of conservative critics and hot headed bureaucrats that represent the establishment.

Aside from being creative writer, Jun Cruz Reyes is also a multi-talented artist, for this, National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera called him a “genius” an epithet he sparilingly attaches to someone’s name. In fact, the only individual other than Reyes whom Dr. Lumbera called a genius was Dr. Jose Rizal, the foremost National Hero of the Philippines. Jun Cruz Reyes or Amang (literally, father) as he is called by his many mentees, is also a sculptor, filmmaker (he won a Catholic Mass Media Award for his documentary film “Dumagat, Ibong Lagalag”) and painter that has mounted, so far, six one-man-shows.

Degrees
1. Ph. D. Malikhaing Pagsulat (Creative Writing)/ Filipino, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2008

2. M.A. Malikhaing Pagsulat (Creative Writing)/ Filipino, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1999
*Most Outstanding Graduate Student, Chancellor’s Award, 1999

3. A.B. Political Science, Lyceum of the Philippines, 1969

4. B.S. Foreign Service, Lyceum of the Philippines, 1969

Organizations and Affiliations
1. Founder, Palihang nasa Linya— a workshop designed to cater the need of a multimedia writing, originally conceived as a workshop online, but due to technical difficulties, it is being held every Saturday at the College of Arts and Letters from December to April. It is now on is second year. Panelists are selected from their different areas of specialization.

2. Fellow (now being called as associate), UP Institute of Creative Writing (formerly Creative Writing Center). The ICW is an institution that’s only to open to excellent scope of national literature. Four of its associates have received the National Artist Award for Literature namely: Prof. Francisco Arcellana, N.V.M. Gonzales, Virgilio Almario, and Dr. Bievenido Lumbera.

3. Member, Board of Directors: Philippine PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists).

4. Chair: Writers in Prison Committee, Philippine PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists).

5. Artistic Director: Amado V. Hernandez Resource Center (AVHRC).

6. Honorary Chair/ Founder: Samahang Anak Hagunoy (Sons and Daughters of Hagonoy), founded in 2002. The group gives free weekly workshops on writing, painting, and film documentary. A major workshop is being held annually. It also publishes the monthly Dyaryo Hagunoy where the products of the of the workshops were printed. The group was lucky to have lecturers and/or panelists such as Dr. Benilda Santos of the Ateneo de Manila University, Ave Perez Jacob of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Dean Rose Torres-Yu of UP-D, Director Vim Nadera and Rene Villanueva of the ICW, Luna Sicat, Dong Abay, Mes de Guzman and Khavn de la Cruz. It also led the rise of the monument of Amado V. Hernandez in the village where he was born. They also collect important books for a village high school in Hagunoy, Bulacan. Some of the workshop’s products made it to the UP not only in the field of writing. A school was also built but is still not open because it’s being used by the military as temporary camp. Nevertheless, book donations continue to pour for the school.

7. Founder: Pasaway Unltd. (Panayam-sanayam ng mga writers at artists na young, or Workshop-seminar for Young Writers and Artists): Pasaway, which literally means “transgressive,” is an organization of contemporary multimedia/multi-talent practitioners in Filipino in the country such as Khavn de la Cruz, Mes de Guzman, Allan Derain, Edgar Samar, Norman Wilwayco, and Eros Atalia.

8. Founder: Malate Literary Journal, De La Salle University, 1986.

9. Founding Member: Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (Writers Union of the Philippines).

Books Written

1. Ka Amado, Ang Paghahanap ng Nawawalang Epiko ng Katagalugan (Ka Amado, Searching for the Lost Epic of the Tagalogs) (non-fiction/biography of Amado V. Hernandez). UP Press, 2010

2. Isang Imbestigasyon sa: Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Autobiography na Mali (An Investigation On: The Last Farm Girl and the False Authobiography), Anvil Publishing, 2011.

3. Armando, (sole authorship, biography, creative non-fiction), AVHRC Pub. Q.C. in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2006.

4. Etsa-puwera (Historical Novel), UP Press, 2000.

5. Ilang Talang Luma mula sa Talaarawan ng isang may Nunal sa Talampakan (Some Old Notes fom the Diary of a Wanderlust) A collection of essays. UP Press, 1998.

6. Ilang Taon na ang Problema Mo? (How Long are your Woes?) (non-fiction), Anvil Publishing, 1998.

7. Mga Daluyong, mga Unos sa Panahon ni Rolando Olalia (biography, writing grant), Kalikasan, Press, 1995.

8. Negros (1 short story, 10 poems, and an essay), Kalikasan Press, 1988.

9. Tutubi-tutubi, Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Do Not Let the Bad Guy Catch You) New Day Publishing, 1986/ UP Press, 2004

10. Utos ng Hari at iba pang Kuwento (The King’s Behest and Other Stories), New Day Publishing, 1981/ UP Press, 2002.

Other Written Works
1. Kung Paano Pinapatay ang mga Multo (Slaying Ghosts) (non-fiction), Philippine Collegian Literary Folio, 2006.

2. Column, Pinoy Weekly, 2005-2007

2.1 Ang Politika ng Ewan o kung bakit ang problema ni Kris Aquino ay problema rin natin, March 14-20, 2007, p.12.
2.2. Palengke, February 14-20, 2007, p12.
2.3. Survival Kit, Feb.14-20, 2007, p12.
2.4. Ang Papel ng Magandang Tao sa MundongTuliro II (The Role of Beautiful People in This Disturbed World I), January 31-Feb. 6, 2007, p12.
2.5. Ang Papel ng Magandang Tao sa MundongTuliro I (The Role of Beautiful People in This Disturbed World II), Feb. 12-23, 2007, p12.
2.6. Ang Problema ng Pagsusulat bilang Usaping Pangkalusugan II (The Problematics of Writing as Discourse on Health II), Dec. 13-19, 2006, p12.
2.7. Ang Problema ng Pagsusulat bilang Usaping Pangkalusugan I (The Problematics of Writing as Discourse on Health II), Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2006, p12.

3. Cultural Studies, Pinoy Weekly, 2005-2007

3.1. Trahedyang Pinoy: Sa Loob at Labas ng ULTRA (A Filipino Tragedy: ULTRA from within and without), Feb. 8-14, 2006, p12.
3.2. Pinoy Hallelujah, Nov. 23-29, 2005, p11.
3.3. Sa Pula, Sa Itim: Ang Problema kay Darna (Red or Black: The Problem with Darna), Sept. 29- Oct. 5, 2005.
d. Ang Pag-aapuhap sa Di Maapuhap na Idolo (Grasping for the Elusive Idol), June 22-28, 2005, p1.
3.4. American Idol: Ang Pagbangon sa nakalugmok na Imahe ng Amerika (American Idol: How America Reconstructs Its Tainted Image), June 15-21, 2005, p12.

Books Edited
1. Ang 13 Pasaway: Mga Kwentong Postmodern sa Filipino (The 13 Transgressors: Postmodern Filipino Stories), Visprint Inc., 2014.
2. Lyrics/Lirika, English Translation of Dong Abay’s songs, Editor

3. Bigkis, NCCA-funded project, Editor-in-chief and Introduction.

4. Likhaan Journal IV, An Anthology of Contemporary Filipino Literature in English and Filipino, Editor-in-chief, 2010.

5. Likhaan, Maikling Kuwento 1999, UP Press, 1999

6. Likhaan, Maikling Kuwento 1997, UP Press, 1997

Book Introductions
1. Ultraviolins, Khavn Dela Cruz, UP Press, 2008

2. Mga Kuwento ng Batang Kaning Lamig, Nicanor David, Jr., Fox Literary House, Inc., 2008

3. Manual sa Pagpapatiwakal at iba pang Kuwento, Eros Atalia, U.S.T. Press, 2006

4. Alibangbang (ikalawang edisyon), Rolando Tolentino, Anvil Publishing, 2000

5. Pitada, Ely Guieb III, Anvil Publishing, 1994

6. Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, Edgar Samar, Anvil Publishing, 2009

7. Tugmaang Matatabil, Axel Pinpin, Southern Voices Printing Press, 2008

8. Mga Kuwento ng Pakikibaka, Cesario Y. Gerilyero Torres, Kalikasan Press, 1991

9. Peksman (mamatay ka man), Nagsisinungaling Ako, Eros Atalia, Visual Print Enterprises, 2007

10. Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag, Allan Derain

Lifetime Achievement Awards and Recognitions
1. U.P. Press, Centennial Publication Awards, for the Novel Etsa-puwera, 2008

2. Gold Prize Winner, Philippine Literary Centennial Publication Awards, for the Novel Etsa-puwera, 1999.

3. Gawad Natatanging Publikasyon (Exemplary Publication Award), (an award tantamount to an international award), Office of the U.P. President, 2001

4. Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas (Disciple of Balagtas), Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), 2002.

5. Dangal ng Lipi ng Bulacan (Pride of the Race), sa Arte at Panitikan, Provincial Government of Bulacan, 1994.

6. Patnubay ng Lahi sa Literatura (Beacon of the Nation in Literature), City Government of Manila, 2012.

7. PANDAWAN: Ani ng Sining ng Mga Bulakenyo, given by the Provincial Government of Bulacan, in cooperation with the Bulacan State University, February 2014.

8. Jun Cruz Reyes Marker, Walk of Fame, Bulacan Provincial Capitol Garden, Malolos City, Bulacan, 2001.

9. Most Outstanding Alumnus for Literature and the Arts, Diamond Anniversary, Hagunoy Institute, Hagunoy, Bulacan, 2001.

10. Cited in the Cultural Center of the Philippines “Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, Vol. 9, 1994, Manila.

10.1. p. 48- “…Jun Cruz Reyes uses “salitang kanto” or street language in his short stories to express his political leanings towards the masses, the one who use the language of the streetcorner…”
10.2. p. 256- “…Jun Cruz Reyes’ ‘Syeyring’ (Sharing), 1987, is an attempt at an inside look into the NPA by tracing the personal histories of the peasants who have joined it.”
10.3. p. 270- “Novel in Filipino: Tutubi! Tutubi! ‘Wag kang Magpapahuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly! Dragonfly! Don’t Let The Bad Man Catch You), 1982 by Jun Cruz Reyes…
10.4. p. 297- “…Among those who have given lectures for Katha are Jun Cruz Reyes, etc…”
10.5. p. 340- “Galian: Mga Akda sa Panahon ng Krisis, 1983. Editors, V. Almario, M. Bigornia and R. Villanueva. The short stories are by Fanny Garcia, Jun Cruz Reyes and Lilia Quinzoda Santiago.
10.6. p. 392- “Kamao: Panitikan ng Protesta 1970-1986 (kuwento) Editors, Alfredo Salonga, et.al. 1987. Kasama ang kwentong Syering ni Reyes”
10.7. p. 402- Cited Reyes’ “Utos ng Hari” as one of the “major works in short stories.
10.8. p. 495- “Reyes’ contribution to The Urian Anthology as member of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino”
10.9. p. 723-724 biodata of Jun Cruz Reyes.

11. South East Asia Write Award, Royal Family of Thailand, 2014

AWARDS FOR LITERARY WORKS

Books Published
1. Imbestigasyon sa: Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali, Creative Writing Grant, Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, 2008.

1.1. Centennial Profesorial Chair Award, Universiry of the Philippines, Diliman, June 2012.
1.2. Filipino Readers Choice Awards, Novel in Filipino category, online, July 2012.
1.3. Gintong Aklat (Golden Book), National Publisher’s Association, August 2012.
1.4. Sole Nominee, National Book Awards, Manila Critic Circle, November 2012.

2. Etsa-puwera,

2.1. UP Centennial Publication Award, UP Press, 2008.
2.2. Gold Prize, Philippine Centennial Literary Awards for Literature, 1988.
2.3. Gawad Natatanging Publikasyon, Office of the President, UP-D, 2001.
2.4. National Book Awards, Manila Critic Circle, 2002.
2.5. Writing Grant, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1999.
2.6. Gawad Pagkilala, Most Outstanding Faculty, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 1999.
2.7. Resolusyon ng Pagkilala, Panlalawigang Pamahalaan ng Bulacan, 1999.
2.8. Resolusyon ng Pagkilala, Konseho, Pamahalaang Bayang ng Hagunoy.

3. Tutubi-tutubi, Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe

3.1. Certified best Seller, U.P. Press
3.2. National Book Awards, Manila Critic Circle, 1987
3.3. Grand Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1982.

4. Ka Amado, Ang Paghahanap sa Nawawalang Epiko ng Katagalugan (biography of Amado V. Hernandez), University of the Philippine Press

4.1. One of the nominated as the Best Dissertation, College of Arts and Letters, 2009.
4.2. Creative Writing Grant, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2007.

5. Armando, (biography of Armando Teng), Amado V. Hernandez Resource Center, 2006. Creative Writing Grant, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines, Diliman,2006.

6. Utos ng Hari at iba pang Kuwento, New Day Publishing, 1981/University of the Philippines Press, 2002, National Book Awards, Manila Critic Cirle, 1982.

Short Story
1. Syeyring (Sharing), 2nd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1986.

2. Mga Kwentong Kapos (Unfinished Stories), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1979

3. Utos ng Hari (The Kings Behest), 3rd prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1978

4. Araw ng mga Buldozer at Dapithapon ng isang Bangkang Papel sa Buhay ni Ato (Day of Buldozers and The Twilight of A Paper Boat in the Life of Ato) , 2nd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1977

5. Mula kay Tandang Iskong Basahan, mga Tagpi-tagping Alaala (From Old Man Isko, Scraps of Memories) 3rd prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1975.

6. Isang Lumang Kwento (An Old Tale), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1973.

Essay
1. Ilang Talang Luma Mula sa Talaarawan ng Isang my Nunal sa Talampakan I (Some Old Notes fom the Diary of a Wanderlust I), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1986.

2. Ilang Talang Luma Mula sa Talaarawan ng Isang my Nunal sa Talampakan II (Some Old Notes fom the Diary of a Wanderlust), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1980.

Poetry
1. Syeyring (Sharing), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1986.

2. Paano ba Humabi ng mga Pangarap (How Does One Weave Dreams?), Hon. Mention, Talaang Ginto (Citation, Talaang Ginto), Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (SWP), 1986

3. Isang Tula para sa Iyo (A Poem for You), Hon. Mention, Talaang Ginto, Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (SWP), 1982

Movie Documentary
1. Dumagat Ibong Lagalag (Dumagat, Wandering Bird), Outstanding Documentary Film, Catholic Mass Media Awards, 1986.

Other Awards and Honors Received
1. Gawad Leopoldo Yabes, Pinakamahusay na Assistant Professor, Collage of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2003

2. Holder, Gloria Villaraza Professional Chair, College of Arts and Letters, U.P. System. S.Y. 2000-2001

3. Most Outstanding Graduate Student, Chancellor’s Award, U.P. Diliman, 1999

Literary Activities
1. Panelist. 11th Ateneo National Writer’s Workshop. Ateneo de Manila University. May 21-25, 2012

2. Speaker. “Fiction Writing” and “On Culture and Counter-Culture”, 72nd CEGP National Press Convention

Tolentino, Rolando B.

Rolando B. Tolentino is the current director of the UP Institute for Creative Writing. He is also a faculty member of the UP College of Mass Communication. He is the founding chair of Katha, the fictionists group in Filipino, and is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP). His works include: Sakit ng Kalingkingan: 100 Dagli sa Edad ng Krisis (2005), Kuwentong Syudad (co-editor, 2002), Sapinsaping Pag-ibig at Pagtangis: Tatlong Novella ng Pagsinta’t Paghinagpis (1999); Fastfood, Megamall at iba pang kwento sa pagsasara ng ikalawang milenyum (1999); Relasyon: Mga Kwuwento ng Paglusong at Pag-ahon (co-editor, 1999); Ali*bang+Bang atpb. Kwento (1994); Habilin: Antolohiya ng Katha Para sa Pambansang Kasarinlan (co-editor, 1991); Engkwentro: Kalipunan ng mga Akda ng Kabataang Manunulat (co-editor, 1990).

He has received many awards here and abroad, namely: Distinguished Visitor, UC-Berkeley and UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Consortium (2006), Visiting Fellow, Sociology Department, National University of Singapore (Jul 2005-Dec 2006), Obermann Summer Research Fellowship (2004), Best Arts Book, Gintong Aklat, (2002), Writer’s Prize, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2001), Manila Critics Circle Award for Best Film Criticism Book (2001); Gawad Chancellor for Best Literary Work (2001); Lily Monteverde Professorial Chair (2000-2001); UP International Publication Award (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003); Henry Sy Professorial Chair (1998-1999); Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1998, 1994, 1991; Research Grant, U.P. Office of Research Coordination, 1998-1999, 1999-2000; Research Grant, U.P. Center for Integrative Development Studies, 1997-1998; Angara Fellowship, U.P. Women’s Studies Center, 1997-1998; Belmonte Creative Writing Grant, U.P. College of Arts and Letters, 1997-1998; Research Grant, Sumitomo Foundation, 1997-1998; CCP Gawad para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, 1996; All University Predoctoral Merit Fellowship, USC, 1993-1996; Fulbright Grant to pursue Ph.D. in area of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, 1992-1996; Writing Grant, Cultural Center of the Philippines; Thesis Grant, Philippine Social Science Council, 1991.

RECENT WORKS

Critical Essays

  1. Books
  •             Indie Cinema at Mga Sanaysay sa Topograpiya ng Pelikula ng Filipinas (Manila: UST Publishing House, 2017)
  •             Kabataang Kulturang Popular at Mga Sanaysay sa Kartograpiya ng Disaster at Aktibismo sa Filipinas (Manila: UST Publishing House, 2017)
  •             New Media at Mga Sanaysay sa Platitude ng Bagong Objek ng Media at Mediasyon sa Filipinas (Manila:  UST Publishing House, 2017)
  •             Keywords Essays on Philippine Media and Neocolonialisms (Quezon City:  Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2016)
  •             Co-editor with Gary Devilles, Kritikal na Espasyo ng Kulturang Popular (Critical Space in Popular Culture, Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2015)
  1. Journals
  •              Editor, “Queer Media and Representations,” Plaridel (Philippine Journal of Media and Communication) Issue 18 9:2, Aug 2012.
  •              Special Issue Editor, “Vaginal Economy: Cinema and Sexuality in the Post-Marcos, Post-Brocka Philippines,” positions: east asia cultures critique 19:2, Fall 2011.
  •              Issue Editor, Media and Ethnicity, Plaridel (Journal of Philippine Communication and Media, UP College of Mass Communication) 3:1, Feb 2006.
  1. Articles
  •             “Epilog: Pagmumundo ng Bago sa Panitikan o Kung Paano Hindi na Isilang Pa ang Luma,” Daluyan: Journal ng Wikang Filipino Espesyal na Isyung Pampanitikan (Quezon City: UP Diliman Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, 2016), 117-128.
  •             Co-writer, “Introduksiyon,” Wagi/Sawi: Mga Kuwentong Luwalhati at Pighati (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2016), ix-xxxviii.
  •             “Shake, Rattle and Roll Horror Franchise and the Specter of Nation-Formation in the Philippines,” Humanities Diliman 13:1 (2016), 134-152,
  1. Reviews/features/interviews/introductions
  1. Textbooks/Teacher’s Guidebook
  •              Co-editor with Josefina Santos, Media at Lipunan (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press and UP College of Mass Communication, 2014)
  •             Co-editor with Randy Solis, Patrick Campos and Carlo Pangilinan, Communication and Media Theories (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press and UP College of Mass Communication, 2014).

Creative Works

  1. Books
  •             Araw: Mga Aporismo ng Pagkautal at Pagkaulol (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2016)
  •             Gabi: Mga Aporismo ng Pagtanga at Pagtunganga (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2016)
  •             Ko-editor si Rommel Rodriguez, Wagi/Sawi: Mga Kuwentong Luwalhati at Pighati (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2016)
  1. Journals
  •             Ko-editor si Vladimeir Gonzales, Daluyan: Journal ng Wikang Filipino Espesyal na Isyung Pampanitikan (Quezon City: UP Diliman Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, 2016)
  • Editor, Likhaan 5: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature (Quezon City: Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing), 2011.
  • Associate Editor, Likhaan 3: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature (Quezon City: Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing), 2009.

3. Individual Pieces

  •            “Kulay,” Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway, Jun Cruz Reyes (Pasay City: Visprint, Inc., 2014), 230-233.
  •            “Mga Tagubilin at Pamahiin (para kay Butch),” www.hal.journal (2014).
  •            “Ang Pagtulog nang Mahimbing,” Pingkian: Journal of Emancipatory and Anti-Imperialist Education 2:2 (Aug 2013), 40.
  •            “Sideline,” Dadaanin, Alwin Aguirre at Nonon Carandang, eds. (Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, 2011), 92.
  1. Videos/Readings/Others
  •             Director, “Bigas Song for Farmers” music video (2016), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QanahWv5dmE&list=PLD7Rc5rZK37I2pFvmKAZicyJ96TTrC1sb
  •            “Luha,” performed by Ipat Luna, Panambitan sa Kababaihan, Bistro 70s, Quezon City, 5 Aug 06
  •             “Storya,” Kundiman Gala: A Benefit for Asian American Poets, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, 30 Jan 04

Conference Papers and Discussions

  •             Paper Reader, “Queering Piolo Pascual: Commercial Male Queerness in Philippine Showbiz,” Film Stardom in Southeast Asia, Monash University Malaysia, 24-15 Nov 2016-12-12
  •             Professorial Chair Lecture, “Social Media 101: How Social Media Changed How We View Ourselves and Our Realities,” Journalism Department, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bonifacio Hall, 17 Nov 2016
  •             Professorial Chair Lecture, “Social Media Gone Mad: On Duterte, War on Drugs, EJKs,” Journalism Department, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bonifacio Hall, 17 Nov 2016
  •             Lecturer, “Duterte, Midya, War on Drugs: Kung Paano ang Adik at Gitnang Uring Mamamayan ay Naging Walking Dead,” 2nd AlterMidya (People’s Alternative Media Network) Congress, Quezon City, 12 Oct 2016
  •             Lecturer, “Midya,” National Conference on People’s Culture, Escalante, Negros Occidentl, 15-18 Sept 2016
  •             Lecturer, “Kulturang Popular at Narkopolitika ni Duterte: Kung Paano ang Adik at Gitnang Uring Mamamayan ay Naging Walking Dead,” Critical Pedagogy Series, CONTEND-UP Diliman, Aug 2016

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Professorial Chair Holder for Journalism, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 2015-2016
  • Senior Scholar Grant, Fulbright, to serve as Visiting Professor and Researcher, South and Southeast Asian Studies Department, University of California Berkeley, Jan-June 2016
  • UPCMC Gawad Serbisyo 2014, 15 years of service to UP College of Mass Communication, 14 Mar 2014
  • Gawad Balagtas para sa sanaysay at katha sa Filipino, Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas, 31 Aug 2013
  • Artist 3, UP Artist Productivity System, 2015-2017
  • Artist 2, UP Artist Productivity System, 2010-2012, 2012-2014
  • UP Centennial Professorial Chair, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011
  • UP Diliman Centennial Faculty Grant, 2009-2010

Ramos, Matthew Jacob

Matthew Jacob Ramos or Jake Ramos holds a BFA in both Creative Writing and Information Design from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a graphic designer by day and a content creator by night. He has published works in both Philippine Genre Stories and Philippine Speculative Fiction and was recently a fellow of both the Cornelio Faigao National Writer’s Workshop and the Silliman University National Writer’s Workshop. He currently resides in Cebu City with a dog named Winter.

LIST OF WORKS

  • “Kaptan” – Philippine Speculative Fiction 11
  • “The Tower and the Kite” – Philippine Genre Stories
  • “Terminal Gods” – workshopped at the Silliman University Writer’s Workshop
  • “Fire Therapy” – workshopped at the Silliman University Writer’s Workshop
  • “Here Be Dragons” – awaiting peer review

Penones Jr., Francisco

Francisco V. Penones Jr. is an award-winning poet and journalist. He is also a visual artist,  an indie-film actor and civil society organization leader engaged in sustainable development and heritage preservation advocacies.  He is a member of the National Committee on Literary Arts representing Southern Luzon in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, a member of the Board of the Philippine Chapter of the International PEN, and the national Board of Trustees of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement.  He is the editor of  Bikol Reporter weekly newspaper, and Correspondent of the Manila Times.

His books include P.I., and  Cancion nin mga Tawong Lipod, both published by the Ateneo de Naga University Press in 2014; Hagong: An Anthology of Contemporary Bikol Fiction (co-edited with Paz Verdades Santos) which won a National Book Award in 2013; Sinaraysay: Halo-halong Blog nin Buhay (with Rizaldy Manrique and Judith Balares-Salamat, 2011); and Ragang Rinaranga (Beloved Land, 2006).

He earned his AB-Political Science from the Ateneo de Naga University, his M.A. in Teaching Literature from the De La Salle University as a CHED Scholar; and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Jose State University in California as an International Ford Foundation Fellow.

LIST OF WORKS

  • Operation Uhaw (flash fiction) GIROK: erotica/Marissa Redburn, Estelito B. Jacob, Honesto M. Pesimo (eds), KABULIG BIKOL INC., 2017.
  • Kwarto Tyempo & Adtu Punok na Dukesa ko sa Kabaong (poems), GIROK: erotica/Marissa Redburn, Estelito B. Jacob, Honesto M. Pesimo (eds), KABULIG BIKOL INC., 2017.
  • Escort (fiction). Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Philippine Stories. Kurata v hadi kleci (Chicks in the Snake’s Cage), Silvie Mitlenerova & Jaroslav Osla Jr., (eds), 2017.
  • Tito Sarte Sarion On The Go: His Story & Daet’s Transformation (a biography), BICOL AHEAD,2016.
  • Bamboo Song, Verses Typhoon Yolanda, Eileen R. Tabios (ed), Meritage Press, 2014.

Peñaranda, Victor Jose

Victor Jose Peñaranda (Bimboy) is a poet, writer-researcher, and community development practitioner.

He has three poetry collections in English: Voyage in Dry Season (Sipat Publishing), Pilgrim in Transit (Anvil Publishing), and Lucid Lightning (UST Publishing). His works, poetry and prose, have appeared in several anthologies.

He received awards for his poetry from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation for Literature (1985), Manila Critics Circle (1995), Philippine Free Press Award (2007), Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (2014), and Philippines Graphic’s Nick Joaquin Literary Awards (2015).

He started writing poems in Waray, the native language of his parents, in 2014. He revived his interest in writing fiction in 2016. His fields of research are on mysticism and on local history.

His engagement in community development started in the 1980s with civil society organizations in the Philippines. He travelled to various parts of the archipelago during assignments. While working for an international development organization, he was deployed for several years in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of Macedonia.

Peñaranda was born in Manila in 1953. He is married and has three children.

Oyzon, Voltaire

Voltaire Q. Oyzon has an MA in English from Leyte Normal University, where he teaches Waray language. He has been a writing fellow at the Visayas, Faigao, Iligan, and UP writing workshops. He is from Barugo, Leyte.

LIST OF WORKS

Stories for children:

  • Sandangaw (Sari-Sari Storyooks, forthcoming)
  • Hi Datu Bangkaw ha Isla Pinangamotehan (LNU Press, forthcoming)
  • An Amô ngan Uran (LNU Press, 2017)
  • An Nagpabukid nga mga Barko ( Katig Writers Inc./LNU Press, 2015)

Poetry collection:

  • Mga Bangin (LNU Press, forthcoming)
  • An Maupay ha mga Waray ug iba pa nga mga Siday(NCCA 2008)

Other books:

  • First One Thousand Commonly Used Words in Waray: A Dictionary for MTBMLE Educators (3NS/CHED, 2013)
  • Five-Language Classified Dictionary: English-Waray-Kana-Inabaknon-Tagalog ((3NS/CHED, 2014)