Macansantos, Priscilla Supnet

Priscilla Supnet Macansantos writes poetry, nonfiction and fiction in English, Filipino and Iluko, her native language. She has won prizes for her poetry from Home Life and Focus magazines, and was awarded for her essay “Departures” in the 1998 Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. She was head of the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Committee on Literary Arts from 2011 to December 2013, and was Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Baguio until April 2012. She attended Creative Writing Workshops held by the University of the Philippines and Silliman University in Dumaguete City. She has also served in the teaching panel of the Cordillera Creative Writers’ Workshop, the Western Mindanao Writers’ Workshop, and Lamiraw. She is a member of Philippine PEN, and holds a PhD in Mathematics.


“Unnecessary Fictions,” (short story) in Twenty-Two New Asian Short Stories, Mohammad Quayum (editor), Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur, 2016

“Baguio Earthquake: A Shaken City,” (essay) in Philippine Pen Journal, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Volume 1, 2014, Phil. Center of International PEN, Inc.

“The Patience of Mother,” (essay) in Motherhood Statements, Cyan Abad and Rica Santos (editors), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2013

“Dumaguete – writers’ haven,”(essay) in The Dumaguete We Know, Merlie M. Alunan (editor), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2012

“A visit,” (poem) in Silliman Journal, special issue, 2012

“Revisiting Burnham,” (poem) in baguio calligraphy, F. Macansantos and L. Maranan (editors), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2010. (also in Sunday Inquirer)

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times,” (essay) in The Baguio We Know, Grace Subido (editor), Anvil Publishing, 2009.

“Ang Birhen Sa Lipa,” “Ladingit/Grief”(poems) in Ani 37, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2012

“Flood,” “Close Calls”(poems) in Ani 36, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2011

Carreon, Shane

Charmaine L. CarreonCharmaine L. Carreon (Shane Carreon) is author of Travelbook (UP Press, 2013) and Then, Beast(UP Press, 2017). Ze received an Academy of American Poets Prize, an honourable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, as well the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and the Nick Joaquin Literary Award. Hir poems have been consecutively nominated for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Intro Journals Project. Hir poems and fiction appear in Little Things: An Anthology of Poetry(Ethos Books, Singapore), Veils, Halos and Shackles(Kasva Press, Israel), Typhoon

Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets(Meritage Press, St. Helena & San Francisco), Querida(Anvil, Philippines), Press: 100 Love Letters(UP Press, Philippines), Kritika Kultura, Tomás Anniversary Issue, Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journaland elsewhere.Currently on a Fulbright Fellowship, ze lives in Cebu and New York.

Nazareno-Gabis, Caroline

Caroline Nazareno-Gabis a.k.a. Ceri Naz, born in Anda, Pangasinan, Philippines, is a multi-awarded ‘’poet of peace and friendship’’, editor, publicist, linguist, educator, and women’s advocate.

Graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, specialized in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri has been a voracious researcher in various arts, science and literature. She volunteered in Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, TELUS World Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Aquarium and other charity foundations in Canada.

She was chosen as one of the Directors of Writers Capital International Foundation (WCIF), Board of Directors of Galaktika ATUNIS Magazine based in Albania; the World Poetry Canada and International Director to Philippines; Member of the following organizations promoting peace, women’s rights, culture, arts and literature: Global Citizen’s Initiatives, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT); The Poetry Posse, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), International Women’s Leadership Association, Universal Peace Federation, Akademika Nusa International Social Sciences and Humanities (ANISSH), Axlepinos and Anacbanua.

Her children’s story and poems were published in various local prints and international anthologies: Sunday Manila Times March 2017, World Poetry Yearbook 2013, 2014 & 2015 ( IPTRC-China), Poetic Melodies, XXI Century World Literature, Prosopisia Journal, Inner Child Press ltd. (USA) featured her in The Year of the Poet April 2016 and October 2014; Anti-Terror and Peace IFLAC Anthology 2016, For Love of Leelah (USA , WOMEN IN WAR (Africa), Muse for World Peace Anthology (Nigeria), Greek Fire Anthology (UK), IMMAGINE & POESIA e-book (Torino, Italy) Peace Poems (USA and Canada) I Am A Woman, a tribute to Kamala Das (India), Women of The World (Canada), Just For You My Love Anthology (India), The Art of Being Human (Switzerland, Canada and Romania), Siir Antolojisi (Turkey), Who Shall I Make My Wife ( Nigeria) and more. She was the editor of THE THREE HIT COMBO, authored by the famous Philippine Mental Assassin, Justin Piñon.

She received prestigious awards including, 4th Placer in World Union of Poets Poetry Prize with 100 participants worldwide,  Writers International Network-Canada ‘’Amazing Poet 2015’’, The Frang Bardhi Literary Prize 2014 (Albania), the sair-gazeteci or Poet-Journalist Award 2014 (Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey) and World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013 (Vancouver, Canada).

Beyond her literary works, she teaches Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Environmental Science in Tarlac Agricultural University.




Breis, Niles Jordan

Niles Jordan Breis is a Palanca award-winning poet and essayist, with two first prizes in 2003 and 2012.He was declared as Makata ng Taon in 1994 by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino and was voted Best Writing Fellow of the 1996 UP National Writing Workshop  in Davao.Some of his writing accolades include that of winning in the 1996 Rizal International Poetry Contest,2000 Asia-Playwriting Contest and the Writer of the Year in the 2012 NCCA- Premio Arejola and in Gawad Literaturang Bikolnon.

Breis finished his Philosophy as summa cum laude in St Francis de Sales Major Seminary and went to St Alphonsus for his theological studies.He also studied Human Resource and Training Development at Ateneo CCE and he also served as dean of Mount St Aloysius College Seminary.He was also sent to Ireland and UK as fellow in Philosophy and was once a member of the Asian Association of Catholic Philosophers. A 2018 Writing Fellow of the UPNWW  of UP ICW of UP Diliman, he is currently an Organizational Development Consultant in selected marketing firms and healthcare institutions.

Breis is the author of the poetry collection,rubrica and other three books and two forthcoming works this 2018.


  • Ampon ng Kadiliman (2018)
  • Lapridarga (2018)
  • Fatima (2014)
  • Rubrica (2013)
  • Giromdoma (2011)
  • Happy Horse (2008)



Lapeña-Bonifacio, Amelia

Dubbed as “The Grande Dame of SE Asian Children’s Theatre,” Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio started receiving awards and editorships for her writing as early as high school and college, but her set designing, which began in the UP, earned a Fulbright-Smith Mundt Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin -Madison (MA/Speech-Theatre Arts). Her first two plays, Sepang Loca (1957) and Rooms (1958), won awards and were premiered at the UW Play Circle and subsequently published in the US. Today her literary output consist of 20 books, 40 plays, 130 stories, several essays which include the results of her researches on theatre as Research Fellow of several local and international grants. Her research in the early 70s opened her eyes to the puppet theatres of Asia, and in 1977, she founded and managed TEATRONG MULAT NG PILIPINAS, an official UP children’s theatre and puppetry troupe which will celebrate its 30th year in 2007. MULAT has represented the Philippines in 28 international theatre festivals and in many puppetry workshops and conferences. A widely translated author, ‘Tita Amel’ has written and produced works for children such as Ang Paghuhukom and Sita & Rama: Papet Ramayana, which have been shown all over the world.

Now a Professor Emeritus of the UP, she served as Professor of English and Chair of the Creative Writing Program where she instituted courses in Creative Writing, later formalizing them as undergraduate and graduate programs. She also helped in the establishment of the Creative Writing Center which she headed as Director from 1986-1995. She worked for the recognition of more women writers and held workshops on children’s literature, the last of which gave birth to two important organizations: KUTING (writers for children’s books) and INK (illustrators of children’s books).

She is president of UNIMA-Pilipinas (Union Internationale dela Marionnette) and the ASSITEJ-Philippines (International Association of Theatre For Children and Young People). Recipient of over 50 national and international literary prizes and awards, she is cited in a number of encyclopedia and British, American and Indian Bibliographies. Now in her mid-70’s, she is still active in theatre, performing for children and adult audiences, writing plays, designing and creating puppets, costumes and sets and setting the direction of children’s literature and children’s theatre in the country.

Ngo, Patricia Celina

Patricia Celina Ngois a writer of children’s literature. She is the author of Blanket/Kumot, part of the Picture Poetry Series of Anvil Publishing. She has also won the Palanca Award thrice for her children’s poetry in English: Ordinary Adventures(2015), Miniature Masterpieces(2016), and Magical Mall of Mysteries (2017). Her poetry collections aim to inspire a sense of wonder and celebrate the beauty in the everyday. Her children’s poems are written in rhyme to make the reading experience for children more fun, engaging, and memorable.

Patricia was a fellow for fiction during the 57th UP National Writers Workshop. Her workshop piece was a story written for children.

Patricia was a panelist in the 2016 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival for “Picture Poetry: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Poetry.”

Although Patricia primarily writes children’s literature, she also delves into other genres. As a graduate of BS Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University, she enjoys discussing business-related matters. She also enjoys talking and writing about food and runs an Instagram account at @patngoeats. At 22 years old, she aims to continue exploring writing possibilities further.

Aquino, Genevieve Mae

Genevieve Mae Aquino (G. Mae Aquino) is scientist by profession, with a clutch of diplomas in molecular biology and quantitative genetics from the University of the Philippines (both Diliman and Los Baños campuses) and the University of Edinburgh.

She was a fellow for Poetry in English at the 2001 Iligan National Writers Workshop, the 2006 IYAS Creative Writing Workshop, and the 2008 Ateneo National Writers Workshop. Her works have previously appeared in literary journals (CCP Ani,Dagmay,Payag Habagatan, Bukambibig,and TRUCK) and local magazines (Philippines Graphicand Sunday Times Magazineof the Manila Times). She has also contributed to the following anthologies: Mondo Marcos, Versus Typhoon Yolanda, IYAS Anthology (2001-2010), The Best of Dagmay (2007-2009), andReturn to the Native: Proceedings of the 8th INWW (2001).

Her lifetime dream is to produce a body of work that combines her two great loves: science and poetry. She was born in Quezon City, raised in Davao City, and currently works as a university researcher specializing in bioinformatics for genome analysis.


  • “Kinase” published online in Dagmayand in print in the Davao Sun Star, March 4, 2018.
  • “Cross-stitch” published in the Sunday Timesmagazine of the Manila Times, February 11, 2018.
  • “Sometimes I Speak to My Unborn Child”, published in Payag Habagatan, January 20, 2018, and the Philippines Graphic, March 10, 2014.
  • “Apoptosis” published online in Dagmayand in print in the Davao Sun Star, April 30, 2017.
  • “Endospore” published in BukambibigFolio Volume 1, Issue 3, 2016.
  • “Pyrrophyta” published in BukambibigFolio Volume 1, Issue 2, 2016.
  • “Ode to Garlic” published online in Dagmayand in print in the Davao Sun Star, October 16, 2016.
  • “Translation”, “A Central Breeze”, and “The Beach” published in CCP AniJournal, Volume 39, 2015-2016.
  • “Knitting’ published in Halvard Johnson’sTRUCK, March 25, 2015.
  • “Torsion” published online in Dagmayand in print in the Davao Sun Star, March 15, 2015.

Gonzales, Alice Tan

Schooled in the public education system, Alice Tan Gonzales cut her teeth on Si Pepe kag si Pilarin the 60s and fed on Hiligaynon Magazine in late grade school for scant reading materials within her reach. After Grade II, Alice reconnected with the language in her study of the Hiligaynon ballad called komposo for her Master’s thesis at the Ateneo de Manila in the early 1980s. She started writing in Hiligaynon at the prodding of the “Father of Contemporary West Visayan Literature” Leoncio P. Deriadain 1988. Born of a Filipina and a Chinese and speaking Hiligaynon at home, it is no wonder she should write her first short story in Hiligaynon and discover her deep connection with the language in the process.

Alice has found a home in the Humanities Division, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas where she teaches literature and communication. UPV sent her to school at UP Diliman where she finished her Ph. D. in English Studies: Creative Writing in 2008. UPV has all this time recognized her and supported her specialization and expertise in Creative Writing in Hiligaynon without prejudice or condescension, for which she is constantly thankful. She writes poetry, drama and fiction in Hiligaynon, and her area of study includes Hiligaynon folk literature.

She was awarded the Carlos Palanca Hall of Fame for Literature in 2014 for winning five first places in the Hiligaynon Category of Maikling Kuwento.


  • Istoryahan Ta Ka Uli, Kasingkasing Press, 2016, a collection of stories for older children
  • Ilongga: Madamo nga Guya, Seguiban Press, Iloilo, 2014 — a collection of poems on woman
  • May Isa ka Kuring nga Hari kag Iban pa nga Sugilanon, Kasingkasing Press, Iloilo, 2010, a collection of seven stories for children
  • Sa Taguangkan sang Duta kag Iban pa nga Sugilanon, Seguiban Press, Iloilo, 2009 — a collection of short stories in Hiligaynon

Yap, Januar E.

Januar E. Yap was born in Cebu City, Philippines. He currently teaches at the University of the Philippines Cebu College of Communication, Art and Design. He also edits and writes for SunStar Cebu. He was a fellow to the 67th UP National Writers’ Workshop and the National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City. His short stories in Cebuano won in the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His works, which include shorts stories and poetry in English and Cebuano, have appeared in various anthologies.


  • “Liboa’g Usa Ka Hugon-hugon Kabahin sa Tagulilong” (A Thousand and One Speculations on the Fugitive). Won third prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature under the Cebuano short story category.
  • “The Surge.” (Short story in English). Philippine PEN Journal 2014.
  • “Lugar Lang” (Poetry). Sands and Corals 2013. Silliman University.
  • “Place.” (Short story). The Silliman Journal 2013. Silliman University.
  • “Kining sabaw sa diwit-diwit.” (Poetry). Sa Atong Dila: Introduction to Visayan Literature (2013). Edited by Merlie Alunan.
  • “Us aka Adlaw sa Presinto ni SPO2 Disconcerto: Imbestigasyon kabahin sa akong pagpangulata sa us aka pastor sa Ginoo.” (Poetry in Cebuano) Pasumbingay: Anthology of Contemporary Cebuano Poetry (2014). Bathalad Inc.
  • “Konsepto sa Nasuhito.” (Poetry in Cebuano). Pasumbingay: Anthology of Contemporary Cebuano Poetry (2014). Bathalad Inc.

Capili, Noreen B.

Noreen Capili, also known as Noringai, has been writing for love and for a living for the past 20 years. A scriptwriter, a columnist, and editor,  – all at the same time when necessary (which was often ) – she has seen her words come to life in print, online, and on television and film.

Her previous TV shows were Walang Hanggang, Katorse, My Binondo Girl, Rubi, Green Rose, Aryana, and Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin. She wrote the movie No Boyfriend Since Birth (2015) and she was a Contributing Writer for Walang Forever (2015). Currently, she writes for the TV series Ang Probinsyano starring Coco Martin.

Her debut book Parang Kayo Pero Hindi, a collection of personal essays about modern romance and dating, won the Filipino Book Bloggers Group’s Readers Choice Awards in 2014. Her second book Buti Pa Ang Roma May Bagong Papawon the National Book Award in 2015.

Known as a the “Love Guru,: a title bestowed on her by Kris Aquino, Noreen is also a motivational speaker and a Commissioner on Philippine Commission on Women, representing the Media and the Arts. Her previous speaking engagements included Civil Service Commission Luzon Convention of HR Management (2016), Philippine Literary Festivals (2014, 2015, 2016), Philippine Commission on Women’s Women Make Change,  (2018) and Civil Service Commission Women’s Month Celebration in 2016 and 2018.

She is a graduate of BA Creative Writing in UP Diliman and a 2018 UP Writers Workshop Fellow.


365 Days of Feels (Published by ABS CBN Publication, 2017)

The Goodbye Girl (Published by Anvil Publishing, 2015)

Buti Pa Ang Roma May Bagong Papa (Anvil Publishing, 2014)

Parang Kayo Pero Hindi (Anvil Publishing, 2013)