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.

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)

Castillo, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is a Professional Feature Writer/Creative Writer/Journalist/Travel Writer/Published International Poet and Author/ Editor/Proofreader/Speaker. She was born on August 19, 1973 in Manila, Philippines.

Elizabeth is a multi-awarded and widely-published contemporary writer/poet/artist and the author of “Seasons of Emotions” (UK), published last 2013 and “Inner Reflections of the Muse” (USA), published in 2014. Her international recognitions include 2nd Place for “Poet of the Year, 2013” in an international poetry contest of Destiny to Write Publications in the UK with her first international poetry book, “Seasons of Emotions” garnering 2nd Place for “Book of the Year, 2013”. Winning Strategies Magazine, USA also awarded her as the “Over-all Winner in the Winning Strategies International Winners Award” for her positive influence in her community and around the world last 2013. She also has been awarded as an “Inspirational Poet” at the PENTASI B World Friendship Poetry Celebration and Historical Forum held at the National Museum of the Philippines last 2013 and awarded as a “Faith-Centered Poet” in Destiny Poet, UK (International Community of Poets) for her Highly Commended Poems.

Elizabeth’s first break in writing was when she became a News Correspondent for a local community newspaper in Antipolo City, “Antipolo STAR” last 2005 and later on became a Feature Writer for the former Meralco Management Leadership Development Center’s (MMLDC) now, First Pacific Leadership Academy (FLPA) corporate magazine, “Highlights.”

Her articles and poems have appeared in international online magazines and literary magazines. She has co-authored more than 70 international poetry anthologies in the USA, UK, Canada, Romania, Africa and India. This includes “Live Life: A Daydreamer’s Journal”, a world record holder for the most number of artists contributing to an anthology, a global charity anthology for the benefit of the American Cancer Society released 2012. Elizabeth’s works were featured in the book along side with other award-winning authors. She is also a contributor to the World Poetry Yearbook of The International Poetry Translation and Research Center, with copies of the book presented to the UN Library, UNESCO, Nobel Prize Committee. Elizabeth also writes short fiction with some of her works already featured in international anthologies and international literary magazines and is currently working on a novel for her third book. She also writes book reviews for her fellow authors and has also several book recommendations from poetry books to novels.

The international anthologies she was involved in mostly centered on global peace and world environment advocacy as well as themes related to issues involving women and children and cancer awareness.

She is one of the Contributing Authors to Prof. Ada Aharoni’s two international peace anthologies: “Anti-War: IFLAC Anthology” and “Anti-War and Peace: IFLAC Anthology”.  The two epic books are projects of the International Forum on the Literature and Culture of Peace promoting peace and harmony among nations.

Elizabeth’s short fiction, “Ambush Conversation with God”, inspired by Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God” was first published in her second book, “Inner Reflections of the Muse” and the international charitable anthology, “Angels Cried” and was later published in “In God’s Image”, Journal of Asian Women’s Resource Center for Culture and Theology and the first journal in Asia in its December 2017 Issue.

In 2016, her compositions, “The Phantom’s Shadow” and “The Bohemian” were featured in “Prosopisia”, An International Journal of Poetry and Creative Writing, a joint venture of A.R.A.W.L.ii (Academy of raite*s and The World Literati) Volume IX.

Two of Elizabeth’s compositions were also published in the Eastern World Newspaper based in Uzbekistan last 2016.

“Kiew: An Anthology of Tree Poems”, an international anthology also featured Elizabeth’s composition, “Take Me Back to Genesis” in 2017. The book was for the Asia-Pacific Eco-Poetree Festival in cooperation with the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission, International Visitor Leadership Program, and Women in Development Program and featured works of international poets and writers across the globe.

Her writing influences include Rumi, Paolo Coelho, James Joyce, Emily Dickinson, among others. Elizabeth attributes her writing style with that of James Joyce’s “stream of consciousness”, with the characters in her poetry and stories moving her constant readers. Elizabeth will also be one of those featured in an upcoming international book, “Infinite Conversations: A Series of Interviews with Contemporary Women Writers” to be published by Authors Press, India, a special compilation of interviews with contemporary female writers across the globe. Some of her poems were already translated in different languages: Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Tamil, Japanese, and Korean. Elizabeth also became one of the members of jury in the international essay competition, “Write for the Earth- Write with the Earth” in observance of World Earth Day last April 2016 and World Environment Day June 2016, organized by Compassion Activism Charity based in Belgium and also one of the judges of the GHANA Writers Awards 2017.

Her favorite authors also include Stephen King, Mitch Albom, John Grisham, Jodie Picult, and Anne Rice. e.e cummings, Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman among others are Elizabeth’s favorite poets.

She was appointed as Cultural Ambassador to the Philippines for Inner Child Press International to help in the promotion of cultural diversity through literature and the arts. Elizabeth’s works were also featured in ASEI Arts’ First Annual Visionary Eco-Fiction, “Anthology House” for the benefit of the hurricane relief operations of Habitat for Humanity especially the Hammers Back Initiative. The international charitable anthology was participated in by writers coming from 5 continents across the globe.

This 2018, Elizabeth has been nominated for the prestigious “Award Cultural Festival International Tra Le Parole e l’Infinito 19th Edizione Premio Internationale de Narativa” for her short fiction, “Life on a Contract.” The award-giving body is based in Italy and nominees/participants come from different countries with their works in Italian and English language.

Elizabeth is a member of the American Authors Association (AAA), Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT), PEN International, World Association of Authors and Researchers (WAOAR). She is also a Contributing Editor/Columnist in Inner Child Magazine, USA: “All About the Love”, and an Advisory Board Member of Reflection Magazine, an international literary magazine.

List of Works

  1. “The Year of the Poet” poetry magazine (contributor) published by Inner Child Press International, June 1, 2017
  2. “Selfhood:Varieties of Experience”, (contributor), published by Transcendent Zero Press, October  31, 2016
  3. “Prosopisia”, An International Journal of Poetry and Creative Writing, Vol IX, No. 1, 2016 (contributor)
  4. “World Healing, World Peace Anthology”, (contributor) published by Inner Child Press International,  March 25, 2016
  5. “World Poetry Yearbook 2015”, (English Edition) (contributor), published by The International Poetry Translation and Research Centre
  6. “The Phenomenal Woman Anthology: Collection of Poems in Honour of Dr. Maya Angelou”, (contributor)  published by  Hinovelty , May 24, 2015
  7. “Inner Reflections of the Muse” by Elizabeth E. Castillo, published by Inner Child Press International, March 25, 2014
  8. “Twist of Fate”anthology , (contributor) published by  Navigator Books, July 4, 2013
  9. “Seasons of Emotions”, by Elizabeth E. Castillo, published by Destiny to Write Publications (UK), January 2013
  10. “Live Life: The Daydreamer’s Journal” by Sir Ricky McGentleman and Authors Worldwide, (contributor) published by NinjaKnight Productions and Publishing, April 24, 2012

There are other more than 60 international anthologies that she co-authored in the USA, Canada, UK, India, Romania, and Africa, as well as online and print publications (short stories, poetry, articles, and essays).

Casaje, Lito

Apart from being a multi-award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Carlito (Lito) Casaje is also a licensed optometrist, professor, journalist, theatre and independent film actor, director, producer and cancer survivor. Lito earned his Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

He co-founded Dramatis Personae, a theatre-events-multi-media company with multi-award-winning playwright and Harvard trained economist-banker Bienvenido M. Noriega, Jr. in 1989, and up to this very day, Lito remains as DP’s president and artistic director, planning and plotting the direction and seasons of this alternative production company.

He likewise serves as faculty of the Literature Department of the De La Salle University in Manila. Lito is a recipient of awards, citations and grants from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Manila Critics Circle, Catholic Mass Media Award, Film Academy of the Philippines and from the University of Exeter Student Drama Playwrights’ Festival.

He has attended in London an advanced theatre directing workshop under the auspices of the British Council Philippines. He was also a recipient of a cultural grant to Berlin awarded by the Goethe-Institut Manila, in Stockholm to the Strindberg in Stockholm Festival awarded by the Swedish Institute, and in Oslo to the Ibsen International Stage Festival awarded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lito’s anthology of award-winning plays, ‘Mga Premyadong Dula’ (Prize-winning Plays), published by the De La Salle University Press, won the Manila Critics Circle’s 2006 National Book Award for Drama.

His 2009 independent feature film, ‘Dolores,’ was in the Official Selection to the Digital Lokal section of the 11th CineManila International Film Festival, as well as in the 2010 Culture Unplugged Online International Film Festival.

His recent awards include winning two 3rd prizes for his full-length plays, “Shooting the Boys” and “Chiaroscuro” in the 2010 and 2016 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He continues to serve as board member to the Philippine Center for International P.E.N. (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists), an organization of creative writers in which its main network is based in London, UK.

He is also one of the twelve fellows who participated in this year’s University of the Philippines mid-career 57th National Writers Workshop which was recently held in Baguio City.


“Bro (2018)”, a one act play presented by the DLSU’s Culture and Arts Office and DLSU’s Harlequin Theatre Guild, April 2018, William Shaw Theatre

“Mishima (2017)”, a full-length play presented by Dramatis Personae and the FEU President’s Committee on Culture, November 2017, FEU Studio Theatre

“Trillianes in my Mind”, “To a Chemo Drug named Rituximab”, “Tsunami Blues”, “Damascus Reimagined (2017)”, poems published in the 2017 Anthology of the Best Literature from 40 Countries, volume 2, Publishing Committee for the World Best Literature, PEN Korean Center, Seoul, Korea, 10 September 2017

“Chiaroscuro (2016)”, a Palanca award-winning play presented in CCP’s  2011 Virgin Labfest, May 2011, CCP Black Box Theatre

“Blood and Blue (2014)”, poem published by the Philippine PEN Journal volume 1, “Healing”, edited by Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., Manila, 2014

Directed Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit (2014)”, presented by the Embassy of France and Dramatis Personae, September 2014, Rajah Sulayman Theatre, Intramuros, Manila

“Tsunami Blues (2011)”, a poem published in “Under the Storm”, an anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry, .mov, edited by Khavn de la Cruz and Joel Toledo, Manila, 2011

“Shooting the Boys (2010)”, a Palanca award-winning play premiered at the ITI-UNESCO International Theatre Festival, May 2006, CCP Black Box Theatre.

“Shooting the Boys”, published in the 2009 UP Diliman Review, volume 56, numbers 1-4, Anniversary Edition 1, edited by Priscelina Patajo-Legasto, Quezon City, 2009

Directed Ingrid Lausund’s “Slipped Disc (2008)”, presented by the Goethe-Institut Internationes Manila and Dramatis Personae, September 2008, Goethe -Institut, Makati City

Campilan, Victorette Joy

Victorette Joy (VJ) Campilan finished her MFA in Creative Writing in De La Salle University-Manila and BA Communication Research in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She was first published in UP Diliman’s literary journal, Likhaan, for her short story, “Real Dhaka.” The story eventually expanded into her first novel, All My Lonely Islands, her thesis for her MFA that meditates on what it means to struggle with a fractured sense of Self for Filipino third-culture kids (TCK). The manuscript won the 2015 Palanca Memorial Awards Grand Prize for the Novel in English and the published work won the 2017 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award.

She was chosen as a fellow for fiction in the 2018 UP National Writers Workshop.

VJ is a financial journalist and editor by trade, having contributed to the publications of investment institution Standard & Poor’s in NYC, business publication Momentum Media in Sydney, and Shenzhen-based B2B platform Global Sources.

VJ currently resides in Manila. You can follow her thoughts and musings on life and writing at her blog:


All My Lonely Islands, Anvil Publishing, 2017

“Real Dhaka,” Likhaan Volume 7, UP Press, 2013

Constantino, Mary Gigi

Mary Gigi Constantino was born in Iloilo City, Philippines. She graduated with a degree in Computer Science major in Information Technology and presently works for a privately owned company.  Reading and writing has always been a passion for her.  Her first storybook, “Crooked”, was part of Gawad Panitikan Pangkalusugan by Mu Sigma Phi Medical Sorority of U.P. Manila College of Medicine.  The contest aims to counter health myths and promote health and wellness for children.  Her story focused on mental health, specifically about cerebral palsy.  It was inspired by her experiences in PedyaKamp and Gabayan’s summer camp for special children.

Her story, “Giant Pants” was chosen as the grand prize winner in the Short Story Category (Global) of Eye Level Literary Award 2014 (Daekyo Co. Ltd., South Korea).  The story focuses on resourcefulness and helping one another during times of need.  Another work, “Dumaan si Butiki” was chosen as the winner of Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa contest of Save the Children First Read Project and Adarna House. First Read is a Save the Children Early Childhood Care and Development project, together with Prudence Foundation, that aims to improve the emergent literacy and numeracy of children aged 0-4 years old. It promotes learning within communities and families with preschool-aged children. “Dumaan si Butiki” also received the National Children’s Book Award Best Reads for Children (2015-2016).

In 2016, she also helped facilitate DSWD’s “Kuwentong Pambata, Gawa ng Bata”, a story book workshop for the Sama-Bajau Community.  She assisted children and guides in creating stories from their own experiences.  That year, she also became a fellow to the first UP ICW Amelia Lapena Bonifacio Writer’s Workshop (Speculative Fiction).   A fan of horror since her teens it was a big honor for her to be a part of it and to work with established writers in the industry.  Her story from the workshop, “Ayala-Bicutan via Skyway” is featured here in her sample works.

She is also a member of LIRA Poetry group.  Her poetry has been included in LIRA Trenta, one of which is posted here (Damong Ligaw).  She was also published in the independent publication Paper Monster Press.



  • “Pito-pito” (2010) and “Light Captured” (2011), was published in the poetry collections released by Paper Monster Press
  • “Damong Ligaw” and “Heat Stroke” published in LIRA 30 (2015)

“Crooked” (short story)

  • Published by Mu Sigma Phi (2010)
  • winner of Gawad Panitikan Pangkalusugan 2010 (Mu Sigma Phi, U.P. Manila College of Medicine)

“Dumaan si Butiki” (short story)

  • Published by Adarna House (2015)
  • winner of Manguna sa Unang Pagbasa 2014 (Save the Children Foundation & Adarna Publishing House)
  • winner of Best Reads for Children (2015 – 2016) by National Children’s Book Awards

“Giant Pants” (short story)

  • published by Daekyo Ltd (2015)
  • grand prize winner in Short Story Category (Global) of Eye Level Literary Award 2014 (Daekyo Co. Ltd., South Korea)

“Si Melfa” (short story)

  • included in the anthology, “May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong” (Patnugot: Allan Derain, Ateneo De Manila University Press 2017)

Ceballos, Lamberto

Lamberto G. Ceballos is the eldest of eleven siblings. He was born in Cawayan, Dalaguete, Cebu, on April 16, 1942. His parents were the late Nemesio Carza Ceballos and the late Visitacion Carumba Getutua. He loved to write even when he was yet in the elementary, especially when their teacher assigned them to write formal or informal themes like ‘How I Spent my Christmas Vacation,’ etc.

He had attended the following schools: Cawayan Elementary School, Dalaguete, Cebu (1949-1952); Zapatera Elementary School, Cebu City (1952-1955); Abellana National Vocational School, Cebu City (1955-1959); University of San Carlos, Cebu City, BSC-Accounting (1959-1963); University of the Visayas, Cebu City, LLB II (1969-1971).

When he was in high school at Abellana National Vocational School, Cebu City, he started writing articles for The Light of Lapu-Lapu, school organ, where he became its features editor. In 1958 when he was in the fourth year he won first prize in the weekly Students’ literary section of Kislap-Graphic Magazine. And when he graduated he was an honor student with a Certificate of Proficiency in Journalism which was his specialized vocational course.

At the University of San Carlos he was a Doña Modesta Singson Gaisano scholar, working student and staff writer of The Carolinian. He graduated Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting. He passed the CPA board in 1967.  He took up law at the University of the Visayas as a scholar being the literary editor of The Visayanian.

In 1968, he was one of the writing fellows of the Silliman National Writers’  Summer Workshop managed by the late Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo and Dr. Edith Tiempo (who became a national artist for literature later on). The batch included Alfred ‘Krip’ Yuson, Donel Pacis, the late Eman Lacaba, Armando Ravanzo, Cesar Mella Jr., etc. from Luzon and Metro Manila. Young Hee Yoo, a Korean writer of children’s book, was also there. LGC was among the Cebuanos that included the late Dr. Renato Amper, the late Dr. Urias Almagro, Linda Kalayaan Faigao, Rene Bonsubre, and the late Atty. Dionisio Gabriel.

In 1984 he was among the writing fellows who attended the first Cornelio Faigao writers’ workshop conducted by the University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center.

His poem ‘Phantom of the Times’ was published in the Philippines Free Press in 1967 and  in the Philippine Collegian (UP Diliman) in 1968.  This was also included in Literature for Filipinos of Today, Vol. IV, Philippine Prose and Poetry Series for High Schools in 1969, edited by Dr. Tobias Enverga and Prof. Tomas Brual.

In 1970, his poem ‘The Monument’ won second prize in a contest conducted by the Cebu Arts Council. Another poem ‘Saturday Night Is Also Lonely’ was included in the anthology ‘In Time Passing, There Are Things’ published by Home Life and edited by Dr. Leoncio Deriada in 1999.

In 1993, he received a grant from the Cultural Center of the Philippines for Cebuano Poetry for his ‘Ang Libud-suroy nga Mga Bata sa Dalan Colon,  etc.’

He won second prize in Palanca (Cebuano short story) in 2003 with his ‘Tinggutom sa Nayawak.’ For this, the Cebu City Council approved Resolution No. 03-1091 dated September 10, 2003 to recognize his contribution to the development of Cebuano literature and culture. Then in 2006 he won first prize in Palanca (Cebuano short story) with ‘Ungo sa Sanpilar.’ He won first prize again in 2015 with his ‘Tuba.’ For this, the Municipality of Dalaguete approved Resolution No. 186-2015 dtd. September 8, 2015 congratulating him for winning first prize in the Cebuano short story contest of the Palanca Awards for Literature.

In 2008 he won third prize in Gawad Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino Cebuano short story with his ‘Ang Tinuod nga Pagkatawo ni Amadix.’  He also won first honorable mention in Cebuano poetry with his ‘Nahimo Akong Magbabalak.’ In the same year he won second prize in Lunsayng Bisaya, Inc. short story contest with his ‘May Higayon ang Pagbawos.’

LGC has served twice as president of Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang, Inc. (Bathalad-Cebu) in 1993-1994 and in 2003-2004. He was writer of the year in 2006, together with Ernesto D. Lariosa, and in 2009 was elevated to the organization’s hall of fame.

Besides poems, short stories, short shorts, children’s stories and essays published in magazines and books, like Bisaya, Alimyon, Silaw, Bag-ong Suga, Kaliwat, Sun.Star Superbalita, Wagas, Lubasan, Lunhawng Hangin, Kaliring, Ani 26 (CCP), etc., he has also published novels in Bisaya magazine: AYAW NA AKO IHATAG SA LAIN (August-Oct. 1988); KON MANGLUOD NA ANG KASINGKASING (Nob. 1992-Jan. 1993); LUHA SA KAGABHION (Oct. 1998-Mar. 1999). He has published romance pocketbooks under the pen name Jasmine Castillo: GUGMANG WAY PAGBASOL (Carangue Printers, 2003); BALIK SA SABAKAN SA GUGMA (Sun.Star Publishing, 2005); PILION KO ANG IMONG GUGMA (Sun.Star, 2006). A novel titled ANG UNANG ASAWA NI DOMINO was serialized by Bisaya Magazine on May 12, 2010 to November 10, 2010. ANG PALAD NI INDAY CONCHING, a short novel was serialized in Bisaya Magazine from Nov. 2, 2016 to Dec. 7, 2016. Besides Jasmine Castillo, his other pen name is Apollo Carza.

‘Kapitan Ni Maria Cacao,’ a children story was included in the first book of stories for children published by Sun.Star Publishing with the support of Smart Communications under the title MATOD PA SA LOLA NI NOY KULAS. He was included in the book titled KAPULONGAN (Conversations with Cebuano Writers) edited by Dr. Hope S. Yu and published by the USC Cebuano Studies Center in 2008.

HUNGER IN NAYAWAK AND OTHER STORIES published by the University of San Carlos Press in 2011 is a compilation of his original Cebuano short stories translated and edited by Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, director of USC Cebuano Studies Center. This book earned a review at Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia Issue 13 (March 2013): Monarchies in Southeast Asia.

Up to the year 2016, LGC has written and published more than 201 short stories (in Cebuano), more than 104 poems (in Cebuano), more than 22 essays and articles (in Cebuano)  and 8 novels (in Cebuano). In his college days he had also published several short stories and poems in English.

On February 9, 2013 he was one of the recipients of the NCCA-NCLA Taboan Literary Award held in Dumaguete City’

On August 30, 2014 he received from Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas award. The award ceremony was held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

As a translator, he had translated from English to Cebuano a pamphlet on Islam, the Religion, a Repair and Maintenance Manual for Pili Elementary School, an article on Mega Cebu 2050, political campaign materials, survey sheets and studens’ term papers and other projects. Recently he had edited the English translation by the USC students of Cebuano poems circa 1950 – 1980.

In December, 2016, he served as a panelist in the First Tala Poetry Workshop conducted by the USC Cebuano Studies Center. He was also panelist in the Translation Seminar and Workshop on May 5-7, 2017 conducted by the Cebuano Studies Center at the University of San Carlos, where original Cebuano short stories translated into English by the translator-fellows were reviewed by the panelists.

At 75, he is a retired Certified Public Accountant and is presently connected with Sun.Star Superbalita as Cebuano language consultant and literary editor.

He is married to Estrella Abella Espinosa. They have three children, namely: Dr, Maria Theresa Abella Ceballos-Rosell, BSC-Accounting/CPA/MBA/DBA; Mark Lester Abella Ceballos, BSE-ReEd; and Luke Walter Abella Ceballos, BSC-Accountancy.


Short Stories:

  • Ang Paghandom Dili Mosalop Uban sa Adlaw sa Bulyugan (first prize, Ludabi 1971)
  • Si Inday Siloy ug ang Iyang Awit (first prize, children story, Wila 2003)
  • Ungo sa Sanpilar (first prize, Palanca 2006)
  • Tinggutom sa Nayawak (second prize, Palanca 2003)
  • Ang Kapilya nga Gisunog (first prize, Bathalad-Cebu 2009)
  • Ang Bata nga Nakaadto sa Bangaw(pangbata)(first prize, Bathalad-Cebu 2009)
  • Si Pongkoy ug ang Pulang Biseklita (first prize, children story, Bathalad 2004)
  • Ang Tinuod nga Pagkatawo ni Amadix (third prize GKWF 2008)
  • May Higayon ang Pagbawos (second prize, Lunsayng Bisaya Inc. 2008)
  • Si Junior ug ang Holen (second prize, Ludabi 1976)
  • Biya sa Lasang sa Tag-as nga mga Bilding (second prize, Bathalad-Mindanao 1997)
  • Ungo Gikan sa Dakbayan (second prize Sun.Star Superbalita 2002)
  • Last Shot (second prize, Bathalad-Mindanao 2002)
  • Pagsukod (1st honorable mention, Ludabi 1977)
  • Tadlas sa Haw-ang nga mga Takna (1st honorable mention, Magsusulat Inc. 1990)
  • Ang Kukok nga Nasaag sa Ilaya (1st honorable mention, Bathalad-Cebu 1992)
  • Pagkahagtos sa Tabanog ni Pongkoy (1st honorable mention, Sun.Star 1991)
  • Ang Mga Kawatan (2nd honorable mention, Ludabi 1976)
  • Ang Katapusang Pangisog ni Iyo Ityok (3rd honorable mention. Ludabi 1997)
  • Ug Mipauli ang Rebelde (honorable mention, Ludabi 1988)
  • Balik sa Lunhaw nga Kalibotan (honorable mention, Magsusulat Inc. 1988)
  • Panamilit ni Dakulkol (1st prize, sugilanong pangbata, Bathalad-Cebu 2011)
  • Drama sa Basurahan (1st hon. mention, Bathalad-Cebu 2011)
  • Tuba (first prize, Palanca 2015)


  • Ang Libud-suroy nga Mga Bata sa Dalan Colon, ubp. (CCP grant 1993)
  • Namahaw ang Metro Aide (first prize, Bathalad-Cebu 1995)
  • Gilubong nga Wa Magsapatos (first prize, Bathalad-Cebu 1996)
  • Sa Gabii Manggimok ang mga Bugang (first prize, Bathalad-Mindanao 2003)
  • Padulong sa Ganghaan sa Kangitngit (second prize, Pluma 1974)
  • 3 de Abril 1898 (second prize, Bathalad-Mindanao 1997)
  • Ngilngig Hunahunaon ang Ugma (second prize, Bathalad-Mindanao 2006)
  • Salmo: Tadlas sa Kangitngit ug Kahayag (third prize, Pluma 1976)
  • Pasagding Molabay ang mga Takna (third prize, Bathalad-Mindanao 2002)
  • Si Pongkoy ug ang Tayaong Lata (third prize, Bathalad-Cebu 2004)
  • Mga Lagingling sa Kahimungawong sa Lilang mga Gutling (1st honorable mention, Ludabi 1975)
  • Mga Esena Namugna sa Akong Pag-inusara ning Bag-ong Panahon (1st honorable mention, Superbalita 2004)
  • Awiti Kog Kinaraan (1st honorable mention, Dagang Foundation 2001)
  • Ulo ang Bantayog sa Diktador (honorable mention, Ludabi 1988)
  • Bato Lata (4th honorable mention, Superbalita 2004)
  • Ako Nahimong Magbabalak (1st honorable mention, GKWF 2008)
  • Mga Tukbil sa Kamingaw (2nd honorable mention Bathalad Mindanao 2007)
  • Latagaw sa Dakbayan (1st honorable mention Bathalad-Cebu 2011)


  • Ang Gahom sa Pahiyom (first prize, Ludabi 1978)
  • Nganong Sulaton ug Palambuon Sab ang Literaturang Pangbata sa Pinulongang Sugbuanon (second prize, Bathalad-Cebu 2004)
  • Mga Taytayan (honorable mention, Ludabi 1988)
  • Kinsa na May Moawit sa Balitaw (hon. Mention, Bathalad-Cebu 1992)
  • Daan ug Bag-o: Mga Tingog sa Pamalak Sugbuanon (second prize Bathalad-Cebu 2011, Katitikanong Paghukngay)


  • Luha sa Kagabhion (second prize, Bathalad-Cebu 1997)
  • Ang Mining Kinabuhi ni Apollo Carza (honorable mention, Ludabi 1979)

English Poem:

  • The Monument (second prize, Cebu Arts Council 1970)

Cangco, Jose Antonio

Jose Antonio M. Cangco graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University. As a management graduate, his work involved writing guidelines, designing manual systems and formulating standard operating procedures. His next employment which was with the government dealt with preparing feasibility studies, writing business communications, in addition to supervising an accounting unit. It was during this time when he started contributing poems that saw print in local weekly magazines. After a ten-year stint with the government, he found employment in the Middle East where he continued writing and contributing poems such as Love Moves On and Sentimental Calling.
After returning to the Philippines, he went into business and then worked as writer and editor for different outsourcing companies, particularly 2 call centers, 2 KPOs, 1 SEO company, and 1 BPO. While in business, he was also giving seminars on how the concept of karma, when it is fully understood, can be an effective tool to motivate employees, as well as make them better persons. Some of the companies where he gave seminars are the National Tax Research Center, Institute for Foreign Study, Human Resources Integrated Experts, National University, San Buenaventura & Co., CPAs, etc. In May 2006, his first full-length article Karma and Employee Motivation was published in the Philippine Panorama, followed by Understanding How We Think Leads to Happiness, Is There an Obstacle to Clear Thinking? A Beginner’s Guide to Expressive Thinking, One Step to a Higher I.Q., How to Solve Problems Using Your Subconscious, and others.
Although his articles appearing on the magazine covered a wide range of titles such as The Case for Using English in Public Schools, New Approach to Flood Control, Gentlemen Prefer Conservatives, We Must Build Ships, The Philippines 50 Years Hence, etc. his main work focuses on ancient eastern knowledge and wisdom and their continuing relevance today. He explains what they really mean using simple, modern and easily understood terms emphasizing that this kind of knowledge is never antiquated. Possessing this results in a better understanding of one’s self and eventually the purpose of life.
Mr. Cangco is available for seminars and lectures on karma, reincarnation, and other esoteric eastern concepts. He has self-published a collection of poems Fancy the Minstrel and Other Love Poems. You may download his collection of poems and articles from or contact him at He has recently retired from active employment.


How to Develop a Deeper Insight, (Philippine Panorama, December 1, 2013)
New Approach to Flood Control, (Philippine Panorama, July 29, 2012)
The Philippines Fifty Years Hence, (Philippine Panorama, July 10, 2011)
How to Develop Intuition, (Philippine Panorama, April 24, 2011)
Is Love forever? (Philippine Panorama, February 13, 2011)
Gentlemen Prefer Conservatives, (Philippine Panorama, January 16, 2011)
We Must Build Ships, (Philippine Panorama, November 14, 2010)
Two Words to Keep your Man Happy, (Philippine Panorama, August 15, 2010)
A Cheap and Lasting Solution to Improve the Quality of Our Public Education, (Philippine Panorama, March 21, 2010)
Love, Devotion and Surrender, (Philippine Panorama, February 14, 2010)

Carnice, F. Jordan

F. Jordan Carnice was born in 1988 and lived his first 16 years in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. His next four years were mostly spent in Dumaguete, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing at Silliman University. During those years, he also became a member of LitCritters Dumaguete, led a regional organization called Kadugong Bol-anon, and was part of the editorial board of The Weekly Sillimanian. He soon worked in Manila to head a major food company’s corporate communications for almost half a decade. He is currently based back in Bohol to focus more on his writings and visual arts while pursuing a degree in Information Technology. He contributes reviews and features to The Bohol Chronicle and he is affiliated to Kaliwat ni Karyapa (KAKA), a reading and creative writing circle founded in Tagbilaran. On some Saturdays of the month, he works with Plastic Free Bohol as a volunteer to clean up several beaches and coastlines in the island of Panglao.
He is a recipient of fellowships from several national writing workshops. In 2008, he was a fellow for fiction in the 47 th Silliman University National Writers Workshop and a fellow for English poetry in the 15 th Iligan National Writers Workshop. Two years later, he got in the 10th IYAS Creative Writing Workshop in Bacolod as a fellow for English fiction. In 2012, he was a delegate and a panelist for the conference session “Under 35: Young Writers and Their Milieu” in the 4th Taboan Philippine Writers Festival at Fontana Leisure Park, Clark Field, Pampanga. His works of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction have seen print in, ANI: The Philippine Literary Yearbook, The Bohol We Love, Dark Blue Southern Seas, Montage, Paper Monster Press , Ubod: National Commission for Culture and the Arts Literary Anthology, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines Free Press, Philippines Graphic, Philippine Speculative Fiction, Sands & Coral, Silliman Journal, Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry, Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and many others. He is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights and the protection of the environment. He cherishes his cat Eeyan.


Poetry as a Lesson in Botany

We have grown fond of this:
Peeling the bark off a trunk
Like an itch on the crust of a wound.

It has never crossed our minds
The asymmetry of a scar
That could live beyond our years.
See, we are in mute obedience to life
Only when this patch of grass digs deep
To embrace ourselves whole again.
Rarely do we ever hear
The rustlings in the bushes at noon,
Those invisible fragile mouths in chorus.
Nobody roots for pain
The way things endure
In the last tundra of the century.
If only someone could tell us
Of the dandelion seed in wanderlust,
Of the alga deprived of its place.
We have to know because
Aren’t we always in search of trees?
Family, knowledge, perhaps life.
There will come a time
A bud could only bloom
If never left to its own devices.
Here is a grain of rice freed
From its husk. Look at it closely
Like a firstborn child.
Look at how finite and inept it is
In its solitude and crudeness.
Look at what we have done.

-This piece will be published in Sustaining The Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine
Ecopoetry, edited by Rina Garcia Chua (2017))


Poetry as a Lesson in Zoology

A cat is a poem that walked
On four legs, the heron with two,
And the fish and snake with none.
Numbers create the arrangements
Of our kingdom: Everyone learns to adore
Many but never the same things.
Except fireflies, perhaps, or marmosets.
But would it remain true that what follows
After everything remarkable
Is still remarkable when it changes?
See this egg a week later,
See this cicada a day after.
There is a pecking order
To what we insist we believe,
And yet only a few of us notice
There is strength in the wings
Of a hummingbird, the memory
Of the albatross cruising continents,
The dreams cast in every web
By the spider. If we only knew
What geckos practice behind wall clocks
And picture frames, we’d probably grasp
The nature of our secrecies,
Why we always do what we do:
To empty ourselves as would a butterfly
Struggle out of a cocoon, credulous
Of the beasts and fowls of the world.
Did you hear that? It is the call not only
Of the wild but also of the timid, the giraffes
And the whales, the impalas
And the swans, the magnificent
But of the silent grace.
There is only so much we could
Name from what we can hear,
See and hold, yet neither scale
Nor feather, neither stripe nor spot,
Could tremble our being creatures
Of habit: to seek and to capture,
To claim what is never ours.

-An earlier version of this piece was first published in ANI The Philippine Literary
Yearbook – Kahayupan: The Animal Kingdom, vol. 39, edited by Herminio S. Beltran, Jr.
(23 September 2016))


Original Madness

If you are one to fall into madness,
Hold on to the many ways of mending
Fragility, like how one makes sense
With beautiful chaos: impressionism,
Sunflowers at night, the drunkard
And the gurgle in his throat that is his opus.
Maybe, just maybe, the trouble is not
Only the seeing but also the reading:
A ship is a whale ahead of its time,
A glance is always a message to be cracked.
We are our own makers of mischief
And, sooner or later, casualties.
The air will then throb with meaning.
Though no one will ever be as wise as stars
Or hold love captive that could shy them
Away from us, a little dent in logic
Is the nearest we could get. To be free,
To laugh like fields of anemones.

– This piece was first published in Silliman Journal : A Special Literary Issue Dedicated to
Edilberto K. Tiempo and Edith L. Tiempo, edited by Anthony L. Tan, Marjorie Evasco,
and Grace R. Monte De Ramos (2013)


Original Tempest

I always believed in the sincerity
Of nature, also its temper
And its rhythm that works
The chimes of the universe.
It is full of everything I must know.
But one night I had a dream
Of nothing: There was a knocking
But no one beyond the door,
There was a howling
But no dogs were in sight,
And there were cries but no tears
Were found in anyone’s eyes.
From thousands of miles away
I woke up to find a country
Hard hit in the guts: On its knees,
Weeping for clouds that had bled
Too much. No stones were left
Unturned, no leaf from trees
Unorphaned. Has the hum
Of nature changed its tune?
Have we seen this coming?
I always believed in resilience,
Too, but today I start to ask, where
Does now begin and when will enough
Decide on its limit?
What I see is a sky that denies
Devastation and a village
That has lost its men. Truly,
How could light ever impale
Through this darkness?
Why here and not there?
To all these questions
There is at once an answer
And a mirror image of it:
“Bahala na.” Leave it to the wind,
Keep the doors closed, check the locks.
I always believed all this will pass,
That we must live the way we love,
The way a bird takes its first flight:
Treacherous, telling, necessary.

– This piece was first published in Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets,
edited by Eileen R. Tabios (December 2013)


How to Make an Accident

There is no end to the vacancy
of what has once been surrounding us:
womb, embrace, room, coffin, body, sky.
Maybe we are born to keep our hands
wringing in the air, in obvious gaps,
searching for things to hold on to.
So it seems appearing to be wise helps,
that we know countless shades of red
and suggest books we have never read.
We always try to fill the empty glass.
Yet it also seems we are not old enough
to think we deserve the perils we create.
Imagine the glass brimming and untouched.
Imagine the stain on the mahogany.
Imagine the thirst others would have.
Someday, with the back of our hands,
we will tip this glass off the table
to see it splinter into little jigsaw pieces.
We will then note the liquid map assembling
on the marble, a new topography within reach.
There are desperate measures we resort to.
And this would be one of them:
to stare at space, water in the eyes,
like that pool on the floor, filling some void.

– This piece was first published in Sands & Coral 2013: Celebration, edited by Ian Rosales Casocot (August 2013)


How to Write Another Story

Remain calm,
the wor(l)d ends only when
the wor(l)d stops spinning.

Consider the whiteness as some sort
of cleansing: Do not let the blank page
(t/d)aunt you.
Remember, in space, there is no void.
Only a chance to burst in multiple
limitless directions.
There are other stories to tell.
Never depend on the full moon
—it could be the devil’s halo.
Just squint a little harder.
Look instead for things golden(ed),
like the dictionary in the attic.
Yes, a lot has been too easy these days:
the smiling, the laughing, the l(o/i)ving,
the homemade remedy for bee stings.
But easy is not always right.
Not even enough. To ignore complexity
is to question the generosity of the sky.
Take (ad)vantage of this (short)coming:
What we own is a glorified reflection
of what we do not have.
Case in point: apple on the table.
This fruit could be re(a)d
for another (r/s)eason.

– An earlier version of this piece was first published in Philippines Free Press (May 2011)

Candano, Catherine

Catherine Candano’s English poetry and short fiction have been published regionally in
the Asia Literary Review, Literature in North Queensland, Asian Cha, as well as leading
Philippine literary anthologies such as the Anvil Publishing’s Crowns and Oranges: New
Philippine Poetry, Philippine PEN Center’s At Home in Unhomeliness: An Anthology of New
Philippine Postcolonial Poetry in English, De La Salle University’s IYAS: A Decade of Philippine Writing, and Cultural Center of the Philippines’ journal, ANI (Harvest). She received full writing fellowships from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas, and the University of Southern Indiana. Her writing has garnered prizes such as the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award, Honorable Mention at the Maningning Miclat National Young Poetry Awards.

Cathy holds a MA in Communications and New Media under the ASEAN Foundation Research Scholarship from National University of Singapore, and double bachelors degrees in Economics- Honors and Communications, with minors in Chinese and Literature studies under the Raul Locsin Scholarship from Ateneo de Manila University. She has served as Associate Editor of Heights, the literary journal of Ateneo de Manila University, as well as its annual Creative Writing Workshop Director, and its inaugural Literary & Visual Art Workshop for Children with the Ayala Foundation. Upon commencement, she received the National Achievement Award for Arts and Culture at the National University of Singapore in 2011, and the Loyola Schools Award for Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005.
She currently lives in Singapore, where she is an active in literary community as a volunteer for the National Poetry Festival volunteer and as a core member to launch Ethos Books’ Get Lucky: An Anthology of Philippine and Singapore Writings at the 2015 Singapore International Writers Festival. Professionally, Cathy contributes to partnership development at Google’s regional hub in Asia Pacific.

Recent Works

Candano, Catherine. “Imaginary Landscape to Novena.” Get Lucky An Anthology of Philippine and Singapore Writings. Eds. M. Contreras-Cabrera, M. Bravo-Dutt, E. Valles. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015 [55]

Candano, Catherine. “Being taught language.” A Treat of 100 Short Stories, An Anthology of
Flash Fiction, Ed. Gerardo Torres. Mandaluyong City: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2011 [44-45]
Candano, Catherine. “Great-grandfathers.” Literature in North Queensland (LINQ). Volume 37. No 1 (2010): ISSN: 0817-458X

Candano, Catherine. “A Chinese Lady.” Asia Literary Review. Eds. Christopher Wood and Martin Alexander. Hong Kong, 2009. [60]

Candano, Catherine. “Acapella.” Asia Literary Review. Eds. Christopher Wood and Martin
Alexander. Hong Kong, 2009. [59]

Candano, Catherine. ‘Exercise: Unlearning “Heart.”’ Crowns and Oranges: New Philippine
Poetry. Eds. Cirilo Bautista and Ken Ishikawa. Manila: Anvil Publishing, 2009. {page]

Candano, Catherine. “After Kiukok’s Lovers #2” Crowns and Oranges: New Philippine Poetry. Eds. Cirilo Bautista and Ken Ishikawa. Manila: Anvil Publishing, 2009. {page]

Candano, Catherine. “Tasting Nostalgia.”ANI 35 Literary Journal of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Eds. Hermilino Bautista. Manila: 2009.

Candano, Catherine. “Recent leavings.” ANI 34 Literary Journal of the Cultural Centre of the
Philippines, Eds. Hermilino Bautista. Manila: 2008.

Candano, Catherine. “Naming Archipelagos.” At Home in Unhomeliness: New Postcolonial
Philippine Poetry. Ed. J. Neil Garcia. Manila: Philippine PEN and University of Santo Tomas
Press, 2008.