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.

Atilano, Ronald

Ronald Araña Atilano was born in Makati, Metro Manila and grew up in Dasmariñas, Cavite. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in Intramuros, Manila. As a poet, he became a member of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) and Oragon Poetry Circle, and contributed poetry and essays to the e-zine He also attended the UP National Writers’ Workshop in 2003 and the Ateneo Writers’ Workshop in 2006. He is currently living in Newcastle, Australia with his wife Eris and daughters Una and Kali.


Biyaheng Sydney (Liwayway Magazine, 19 March 2018)

Dapithapon sa Speers Point (The Sunday Times Magazine / Manila Times, 18 March 2018)

Rock Collection (The Sunday Times Magazine / Manila Times, 7 January 2018)

Sirang Fountain (Latay sa Isipan: Mga Bagong Tulang Filipino, Mga Patnugot: Cirilo F. Bautista at Allan Popa, UST Publishing House, 2007)

Komperensiya sa Makiling (Latay sa Isipan: Mga Bagong Tulang Filipino, Mga Patnugot: Cirilo F. Bautista at Allan Popa, UST Publishing House, 2007)

Ang Sining ng Gutom (Latay sa Isipan: Mga Bagong Tulang Filipino, Mga Patnugot: Cirilo F. Bautista at Allan Popa, UST Publishing House, 2007)

Pagkatapos ng Delubyo (Latay sa Isipan: Mga Bagong Tulang Filipino, Mga Patnugot: Cirilo F. Bautista at Allan Popa, UST Publishing House, 2007)

Idilyo sa Ilog Pasig (Latay sa Isipan: Mga Bagong Tulang Filipino, Mga Patnugot: Cirilo F. Bautista at Allan Popa, UST Publishing House, 2007)

Siyudad ng mga Ilaw (Hulagway: Opisyal na Lathalain ng Oragon Poets Circle, Setyembre 2004 Tomo 4, Bilang 1)

Harana sa Lungsod (Hulagway: Opisyal na Lathalain ng Oragon Poets Circle, Setyembre 2004 Tomo 4, Bilang 1)

Arguelles, Mesándel Virtusio

Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’s eighteen books in Filipino include, among others, Guwang, Pilas ng Papel: Mga Sanaysay sa Tula, Pesoa, and Kurap sa Ilalim, as well as a volume of selected poems, Ang Iyong Buhay ay Laging Mabibigoand a limited-edition release called Talikfrom Balangay Books. English translations (by Kristine Ong Muslim) of his poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Asymptote, Circumference: Poetry in Translation, Samovar, [sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Cossack Review in which his poem was a Pushcart Prize nominee. A recipient of multiple national awards and fellowships, two-time Philippine National Book Award finalist Arguelles is co-editor of the journal hal., works as a book editor, and teaches literature and creative writing at the De La Salle University.


Walang Halong Biro(De La Salle University Publishing House, forthcoming 2018)

Talik(Balangay Books, 2017)

Gera (Balangay Books, 2016)

Chi (2016)

Ang Iyong Buhay ay Laging Mabibigo(Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2016)

Kurap sa Ilalim(De La Salle University Publishing House, 2016)

Pesoa(Balangay Books, 2014)

Pilas ng Papel: Mga Sanaysay sa Tula(De La Salle University Publishing House, 2013)

Guwang(High Chair, 2013)

Mga Tala at Panaginip(High Chair, 2012)

Mal(High Chair, 2011)

Antares(Aklat Kurimaw, 2010)

Alinsunurang Awit(University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2010)

Alingaw(High Chair, 2010)

Parang(High Chair, 2008)

Hindi man lang nakita (High Chair, 2006)

Ilahás(High Chair, 2004)

Menos Kuwarto (Pithaya Press, 2002)

Asenjo, Genevieve L.

Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo is associate professor of literature and creative writing at the Dept. of Literature. She writes in three major Philippine languages as a poet, fictionist, and novelist and author of six books: taga-uma@manila (NCCA, 2005), Pula ang Kulay ng Text Message (University of San Agustin Press, 2006), Komposo ni Dandansoy (UST Press, 2007), Lumbay ng Dila (C&E/DLSU, 2010), Mabaskog nga Hiligaynon 1 (C&E Publishing, 2013), and Sa Gihapon, Palangga, ang Uran/Always, Beloved, The Rain (Ateneo de Naga Press, 2014). She was an Honorary Writing Fellow in the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa in
2012 and Overseas Writing Fellow in Seoul, South Korea in 2009. She has received awards from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. She founded Balay Sugidanun ( and a founding-member of a writerʼs group, Taftique, Inc.


1) “Bomba”, One-Act Play. Staged during DuLaSalle 2018, Rights Minus Wrong, by the Harlequin Theater Guild,
William Shaw Theater, De La Salle University-Manila, April 4-7, 2018.

2) “Ang Felicidad Project”. Short Story. Published in May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong, Allan Derain (ed.). Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2017.

3) “Pangangamusta Mula sa Balaan Bukid”. Short Story. Trans. “Greetings from Sacred Mountain” by Michelle Tan
Tiu. Published in Kritika Kultura 25 (2015) ISSN 2094-6937.

4) “At Paglaway sa Balat ng Kahoy na Inyam.” Excerpt of the Novel Ang Itim na Orkidyas ng Isla Boracay. Published in ‘Bien! A Festschrift in Honor of National Artist Bienvenido L. Lumbera. David Jonathan Bayot, Jaime Oscar Salazar, and Johann Vladimir Espiritu (eds). De La Salle University Press, 2015.

5) Sa Gihapon, Palangga, ang Uran/Always, Beloved, the Rain, a collection of poetry in Kinaray-a with English translation by Ma. Milagros Lachica (Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2014) ISBN 978-971-9913-26-9 Citation/Recognition: Finalist, 2014 National Book Award, National Book Development Board (NBDB) of the Philippines Selected for Exhibition & Presentation during the Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) Program 10th Year Anniversary at the K-Hotel Seoul, October 26-31, 2015, Seoul, South Korea. CPI is a cultural program covering Asia, Africa, and Latin America administered by the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute (KCTI) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) of South Korea.

6) Lumbay ng Dila. Novel. C & E Publishing & De La Salle University. 2010. ISBN 978-971-584-936-4 Citation for Excellence in Fiction in a Philippine Language, Juan C. Laya Prize, National Book Award 2011. Manila Critics Circle & National Book Development Board (NBDB) of the Philippines.

Arpilleda, Jondy M.

Jondy M. Arpilleda teaches English and literature at Surigao del Sur State University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics from the University of Immaculate Conception, Davao City.
His works appeared in Meritage Press, Philippine Graphic, Paper Monster, Liwayway, Bisaya Magazine, and Sunstar Daily Mindanao. He also co-authored a textbook entitled Writing in the Discipline published by C and E in Manila and a book of poems entitled Mga Tinaginting sa Hangin together with two other notable Cebuano writers.
He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for fiction; the Jimmy Y. Balacuit Literary Awards for short story; and, the Dalit Poem-Making Contest sponsored by Filipinas Institute of Translation, UP-Diliman. He also received a fellowship grant from Iligan National Writers Workshop, Cornelio Faigao, Lamiraw, Davao Writers Workshop, and ADDU Summer Creative Writing Workshop.

Recent Works                                                                                      

  • "Bunok" Bisaya Magazine, April 19, 2017.
  • “ Way samang kasinatian.” Bisaya Magazine. August 19, 2015.
  • “Inigbanos sa Ulan.” Sunstar Daily Davao. August 9, 2015.

  • “Ang Sinugdanan,” Bisaya Magazine. May 23, 2015.
  • “Alang sa mga mitaliwan sa Mamasapano,” Bisaya Magazine. February 22, 2015.
  • “Ang Ungo sa Barangay Maticdum”. Bisaya Magazine. December 15, 2014.
  • “Ang Matuod.”Bisaya Magazine. October 15, 2014.
  • “Biyahe.” Bisaya Magazine. October 15, 2014.


Arenas, Corin B.

Born in Valenzuela, Manila, Corin B. Arenas is an audiophile and ghostwriter based in Commonwealth, Quezon City. She attended Miriam College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. In 2013, she attended the 52nd Silliman University National Writers Workshop as a fellow for poetry. She
completed an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Recent Works

  • “Life on Loop: Poems” – Chapbook, Independently published. Launched in BLTX Manila, December 2016
  •  “The Trouble with Water, and Other Possibilities for Human Evolution” – Published in “tremble: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2016 Anthology
  • “Wooden Chair Variations” – Published in the Silliman Journal (Volume 54, Issue 2) July-December 2013
  • “A Conversation with My Dead Dream Girl” – Published in 100: The Hundreds Project 2012 by the University of the Philippines Writers Club
  • “Phantoms” – Published in the Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology Vol. 2, Virgogray Press. Austin, TX. 2011
  • “Amnesia” – The Philippines Graphic Magazine, 2009
  • “On birth, dreams, and days” – The Philippines Graphic Magazine, 2009

Arejola, Carlos A.

Carlos A. Arejola writes poetry, drama, essays, and stories for children in Bikol
Central, Filipino, and English. He directs plays, translates, and has initiated projects
advocating for writing in the vernacular, cultural heritage, and the arts. He is also an
active figure in the Bikol lecture circuit.

As writer and author                                                                                              Arejola is the author of eight books of plays, poetry, and illustrated children’s storybooks. His works have appeared in national magazines, textbooks, literary journals and anthologies published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Society of St. Paul, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, University of San Agustin, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of the Philippines. His poetry appeared
in the 1995, 1996 and 2001 editions of Aklat Likhaan ng Maikling Kuwento at Tula, a
series compilation of the best of Philippine writing published by the Likhaan: UP
Creative Writing Center and UP Press. His writings in Bikol have appeared in Bangraw;
Burak, Balay Ibalon’s annual anthology; Girok, the landmark Bikol erotica collection;
Sagurong 100 na Kontemporanyong Rawitdawit sa Manlain-lain na Tataramon Bikol
published by De La Salle University; An Tambobong nin Literaturang Bikolnon
published by Sumaro Bikolnon, Inc. and the literary section of Bikol Reporter.

He was a Writing Fellow for Poetry in Filipino at the UP National Writers Workshop in
1998 and the Iligan National Writers Workshop in 2000. His works have won the Don
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Gawad Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino,
and the Homelife Poetry Prize. His book of plays, Sayod Kong Tataramon/ Tuwiran
Kong Sasabihin (NCCA, 2009) was a finalist for the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book
Award in 2010 and is credited to be Bicol’s first published collection of plays. He was a
recipient of a Citation for Literature from the Dr. Melchor T. Villanueva Centennial
Awards in 2007. The Municipal Government of Pili, Camarines Sur also awarded him
the Mayoral Distinguished Award in 2008, the year the award was founded.

He is a member of Sumaro Bikolnon, Philippine Center of the International PEN, and
the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

As editor and translator
He co-edited Yudi Man Mga Osipon para ki Nunuy asin Nini (NCCA, 2009), an
anthology of Premio Tomas Arejola-award winning stories for children; and is the co-
editor of The Pronoun I: First Person, Singular (Pintakasi Media Arts, 2017) and
Gotikong Bikol (Sentro ng Wika at Kultura-Region V, 2017). The Pronoun I is a
collection of monologues in Bikol, Filipino, English and is a collaboration of three
campus-based theater groups, the Teatro Aliento de Ateneo of the Ateneo de Naga
University, Teatro Ladawan of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture and Teatro
Ragayano of the Ragay National Agricultural and Fisheries School.

His Bikol translations of Maria Luisa F. Reyes’s poetry in Filipino appeared in the
landmark Sipat Salin Transfigurations (Talindaw Publishing House and Sanata Dharma
University, Indonesia, 2011). Hawla, his Bikol adaptation of Trifles by Susan Glaspell
was staged by Teatro Ragayano in 2016, one hundred years after the iconic play’s 1916
premiere in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Teatro Ragayano also staged Kuwintas, his
Filipino adaptation of Linda Ty Casper’s fiction The Transparent Sun, in 2017.

To reach out to Bicolano children who speak in the other variations of the Bikol
language, Arejola accompanies his children’s storybooks in Bikol Central with
translations in English and Filipino. The multilingual books for children are published by
Pintakasi Media Arts, an independent media outfit he put up in 2015. The outfit is slated
to produce video documentaries and short films in the future.

Cultural work
Arejola was elected Southern Luzon representative to the National Committee on
Literary Arts of the National Commission for Cuture and Arts for two terms, and sat in
the NCCA-NCLA Executive Committee from 2008 to 2013. It was during this time that
he first convened the Pintakasi kan Literaturang Bikolnon, then the Bikol satellite event
of the Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival. The 3-day Bikol literary festival is still being
carried out annually today.

The first books of writers Merlita Lorena Tariman, Jose Jason Chancoco, Honesto M.
Pesimo, Jr., Aida Cirujales, and Lourdes Lobis-Nieva saw print during his term through
an NCCA publication grant.

He has collaborated with groups in the academe, government and civil society in
undertaking the Bukambibig Literary Performance Series, the Pagtukdo-Pagsurat
Bikolnon: Teachers-Writers Conference (forerunner of Pagsurat Bikol), the Bikolinismo
Outstanding Bicolano Artist Search, Gipaw Rapu-Rapu Arts Camp, and other important
initiatives, including the Premio Tomas Arejola sa Literaturang Bikolnon and the Juliana
Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat Bikol. He founded the privately funded literary prize and
writers’ workshop in 2004 but have shelved them due to funding issues in 2016. The
two initiatives were cited by the Naga City Mayoral Awards in 2007 and by the UMPIL in

He is the founding chair of the Pili Cultural Heritage Society and spearheads its flagship projects, namely the Cultural Heritage Seminar for Teachers, George Curry Conference,
Pili Cultural Mapping Project, and the Dai Magin Dayo sa Sadiring Banwaan Pili Pride
Tour, a free guided tour that brings students, teachers, government officials and
employees to his hometown’s landmarks and historical sites. The advocacy group was
a recipient of the Pili Mayoral Recognition Award in 2015.

He is a co-founder of Teatro Ragayano and is currently its artist-in- residence. Among the plays he has directed for the theater group include Kuwintas; Hawla, and Panaghoy ng Kalikasan, an adaptation of Emerlina Gagalac Regis’ Palanca-winning play
Dalawang Mukha ng Kagubatan. Teatro Ragayano has actively sought partnerships
with civic and cultural groups to advance its advocacies. One such partnership was the
conduct of the 21 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence undertaken with the Zonta
Club of Naga City and Camarines Sur in 2016. Teatro Ragayano has also conducted
playwriting and theater production training seminars for DepEd Ragay District, and was
a finalist in the Best Cultural Group Category of the 2016 Aliw Awards.

Involvement in the lecture circuit
He has been a speaker at the Philippine PEN Congress, Taboan: The Philippine Writers
Festival, Kasanggayahan Heritage Lecture and other cultural and literary forum all over
the Philippines, including conferences and training seminars of the College Editors
Guild of the Philippines, DepEd, CHED, DILG, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the
National Library of the Philippines. He was a panelist at the Indictment of Child Labor by
the Arts, an interdisciplinary panel discussion organized in 2013 by the Center for Civil
and Human Rights of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Recent Works
1. An Enot na Puon nin Kalunggay/ The First Moringa Tree (Illustrated children’s storybook in Bikol and English) Pintakasi Media Arts, 2017

2. Boom Boom Boom An mga Aki kan Camarinezoom Trilogy
Book 1. Si Miriam asin an Saiyang Pansamhod, Panlampaso, Pantrapo asin Pansalod nin Ati
Book 2. Si Bebe, si Boboy asin an Saindang Pankagkag, Pansighid, Pansalod nin Ati asin Magkakambal na Sundang
Book 3. Si Cookie, si Nonoy asin an mga Aki kan Camarinezoom (Illustrated storybooks for children in Bikol, Filipino and English) Pintakasi Media Arts, 2016

3. An Amiga kong si Joni/ My Friend Joni (Illustrated storybook for children in Bikol and English) Pintakasi Media Arts, 2016

4. An mga Aki na Parakabod/ An mga Batang Mananala ng Ginto (Illustrated storybook for children in Bikol and Filipino) Pintakasi Media Arts, 2016

5. Wala Akong Bitbit na Sawiang Puso Tuwing Nagalalakbay (Poetry in Filipino) Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2015

6. Sayod kong Tataramon/ Tuwiran kong Sasabihin (Plays in Bikol and Filipino) National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2009

Angeles, Mark Anthony

Mark Angeles was a writer-in-residence of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA in 2013. Lampara Books published his children’s books Si Znork, Ang Kabayong Mahilig Matulog and Si Andoy, Batang Tondo. His fiction collection Gagambeks at mga Kuwentong Waratpad was published by Visprint. A redux of his book Emotero is forthcoming. Angeles is a columnist of Pinoy Weekly, literary editor of, and features contributor of GMA News Online. He writes for DIWA (literary
selections for Filipino, English, and Social Science textbooks) where he published his Senior High School (SHS) manual Creative Nonfiction. He teaches SHS Filipino and 21 st Century Literature at Notre Dame of Greater Manila. In 2016, he was conferred Makata ng Taon (Poet of the Year) by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and won first place at the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Recent Works

  • Lone author of Creative Nonfiction manual for Senior High School (2017)
  • Major published works in 2016: LIKHAAN 10 journal (UP Likhaan), Remembering/Rethinking EDSA (Anvil), CCP ANI 39 (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Wagi/Sawi (UP Press), KATAGA 2 (Kataga organization) as editor and contributor, Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry (UST Press)
  • Children’s book Si Andoy, Batang Tondo (Lampara Books) launched September 19, 2015 at the Manila International Book Fair
  • Fiction anthology Gagambeks at mga Kuwentong Waratpad (Visprint, Inc.) launched August 27, 2015 at the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • First children’s book, Si Znork, Ang Kabayong Mahilig Matulog, published by Lampara Books (2014)
  • Commissioned by DIWA Publication (UPFA) to translate Mediterranean, European, Persian, Asian, and African literature into Filipino for Grade 10 texbook (starting February 2014)
  • Has four indie books [Patikim (2009), Emotero (2011), Threesome (2012), and Lipad ng Uwak (2013)], and one e-book [Engkantado (2011)]

Angeles, Clarissa N.

Clarissa N. Angeles (a.k.a. Claire Angeles) is a former High School Social Science Teacher (specifically in Philippine and World History) at St. Mary’s College Quezon City. At present, she is a University Research Associate at the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman, and a freelance writer and editor, accepting papers/ theses/ books for editing/ copy reading/ proofreading and has
published numerous poems, essays and short stories in both English and Filipino in various websites, newspapers, magazines and books.Ms. Angeles graduated cum laude from UP Diliman in 1998 with the degree Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Social Studies and minor in Filipino, and was a consistent honor student from elementary to high school at the UP Integrated School. She finished her Master in Asian Studies degree program at the UP Diliman Asian Center and is currently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology at UP Diliman. Her interests, besides writing, include reading, traveling, photography, watching movies, gardening, taking care of dogs, cooking and baking, singing, dancing, sketching, and sports such as bowling, volleyball, cycling, swimming, table tennis, billiards, and chess. She enjoys nature-tripping, tree planting, charity works, and other outreach activities from which the marginalized sectors benefit.

Recent Works

“Happy Hearts’ Day”. Enrich Magazine. November 2013. (feature article in English)

“Lucia.” Tinig 5. January-March 2006 (short story in Filipino)

“Of Women and Nation: Looking Through the Eyes of the Imam.” Proceedings of the Seminar on Imam Khomeini’s View on the Role of Women in Society in June 2005. Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and UP Institute of Islamic Studies. November 2005. (essay in English)

“Latigo.” Tinig 4. October-December 2005 (poem in Filipino)

“Kabataan, Lipunan.” Tinig 4. October-December 2005 (poem in Filipino)

“Sa Kanyang Takdang Panahon.” Tinig 3. July-September 2005. (poem in Filipino)

“Musmos”. Tinig 3. July-September 2005. (short story in Filipino)

“Muling Pagtahak”. Tinig 2. April-June 2005. (essay in Filipino)

“Disyerto”. Liwayway Magazine. March 7, 2005. (short story in Filipino)

“Barya”, in 30 Piling Kuwento 2003. Manila: Dandelion Strategic Marketing, June 2004. (short story in a book)

“Nothing Lost” in Youngblood, Philippine Daily Inquirer. May 18, 2004. (feature article in English in a newspaper)- also posted in, May 2004.

“Kalawang.” Liwayway Magazine. January 12, 2004. (short story in Filipino)

“Barya.” Liwayway Magazine. March 10, 2003. (short story in Filipino)

“Sa May Interseksyon.” Liwayway Magazine. January 13, 2003. (short story in Filipino)

“Health is in the Heart.” Health Today Magazine. January-February 2003. (feature article in English)

“Sa Pagdating ng Unos.” Liwayway Magazine. June 10, 2002. (short story in Filipino)

Aguay Jr., Bernardo O.

Bernardo O. Aguay Jr. is a teacher by profession and he has units in Master of Arts in Literature in Ateneo de Naga University.
His continuous involvement as resource person in Theater Arts and Creative Writing of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) training teachers from all over the country through the SanayGuro Program of DepEd and ARTIST, Inc. is a concrete evidence of his facilitation skills.
Mr. Aguay is a winner of Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2011 with his entry Posporo—a one-act play whose central theme revolves on life’s journey of urban poor experience of a battered wife, street children, male and female sex workers and gay issues. The same script was produced and converted into a film shown to public in September 2013. His accomplishment in filmmaking was remarkably recognized when the film SAKAY: Andas sa Barotong Papel which he wrote and directed won Best Picture and People’s Choice Award during the First Penafrancia Short Film Festival 2013. His film Simong Lawog won 2nd Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor awards in the 3rd PSFF 2015 and his short film Tuninong na Bayani, garnered Best Actor and Best Production poster during the DOH-Regional Office V Shortfilm advocacy against Dengue, June 15, 2017.

Recently, his writing prowess was recognized in National Level when his works was included in UP Diliman Likhaan Journal 10 published in December 2016; and his collection of 50 poems in Filipino which was recognized by the UP Diliman National Writers Workshop Committee last February 08, 2017.

He is a self-published author of several books in Bikol and Filipino like Gibsaw sa Salakab (Bikol Poetry of Rural Community Life), ISBN 978-971-94083-0-7 published in 2008;
Tulakaratula (Filipino Poetry on Urban and Rural Life) published in 2011;
Taragoan Bingkay (A collection of short stories in Bikol tackling Parochial life, Gay literature and superstitious belief) published in 2016.

Other written works published in local and national publications such as For-Guy, a short story in Bikol included in the anthology Hagong by Paz Verdaded Santos and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr., Ateneo de Naga Press, 2013. Kuhol and X-men an Padalan sa Vic Theater, two poems published in an anthology Sagurong edited by Paz Verdades M. Santos, Vibal Publishing for De La Salle University, 2011; Paratarok, a poem published in Salugsog sa Sulog, 2006; Sundalo and Mula sa Paggising Hanggang sa Huling Patak ng Kape, two poems published in Philippine Free Press, 1994; and Bata Pa, a short story published in Barkada Magazine, 1992.

The stage plays he has written and directed are the following:

  • Playwright –Director, “Mga Mumunting Yagit ng Lipunan,” staged in the different provinces in Bicol sponsored by DECS, 1988-1990
  • Playwright-Director, “Simeon A. Ola,” entry to the Second National Theater Festival, Cultural Center of the Philippines, February 1996
  • Playwright-Director, “Manto,” A Bikol Zarsuela presented in honor of the 300 Years Devotion to Ina, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Caceres in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts,2009-2010
  • Playwright-Director, “Botyok’s Adventure Beyond the Bridge,” an environmental play sponsored by the Southbridges Learning Center, Naga City, 2010
  • Playwright-Director, “Surog Salog,” (Dagling-Dula) presented during the launching of Susog Salog, a project to save Naga River of Naga City, Cam. Sur held at Tinago Barangay Hall on May 8, 2015.