Dimzon, Alain Russ

Alain Russ Dimzon was the first fellow for Hiligaynon Poetry of the UP National Writers Workshop. As a poet, fictionist, lyricist and songwriter, his works in Hiligaynon, Filipino and English have appeared in Home Life, National Midweek, Philippine Panorama, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, The Sunday Times, Ani, Patubas, Mantala, In Time Passing There Are Things, Native Words Native Roots, CCP Literary Yearbook, The Best of Likhaan, San Ag, Philippine Studies, Tulaan Sa Tren, Under the Storm, Sansiglong Mahigit na Makabagong Tula sa Pilipinas,  PEN Journal, Sa Atong Dila, Alpha Records and RAWA Records. His awards come from Hiligaynon Magasin, Home Life, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Komisyon Sa Wikang Filipino, Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute, Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ilonggo Music Festival and the Asian Composers League.

He has authored and co-authored scientific and policy papers which passed the screening, were  invited, presented or published by the University of Florida, American Academy  of Sciences, Widener University of Pennsylvania, Amsterdam and Berlin Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and the International Society on Equity on Health-Canada. Recently, he received the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from UMPIL.



Earliest Published Poems
(c) 2016, Kasingkasing Press, Guimaras, Philippines


Contemporary Hiligaynon Songs in the Folk Style Tradition
(c) 2015, Kasingkasing Press, Guimaras, Philippines


Hiligayon Poems with English Translation & Notes on the Author’s Philological Theory
(c) 2008, University of San Agustin Publishing House

Daposala, Ton

Mark Anthony “Ton” Daposala was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. He writes poetry in Binisaya. He has received fellowships from the 27th Cornelio Faigao Writers USC Cebuano Studies Center, the 18th Iligan National Writers Workshop, and the 57th National Writers Workshop. He has served as a panelist at the 1st CDO Writers Workshop. He has been anthologized in Brown Child: The Best of Faigao Poetry & Fiction 1984-2012, and The Best of Dagmay 2. His poems have been published in Manila Bulletin’s Bisaya MagasinSunStar Superbalita, SunStar Cebu and Davao. His works have also been published online such as Kabisdak: Cebuano Literary Lighthouse, Dagmay Literary Journal,and Carayan Journal. Ton is active in the local literary community of CDO where he is one of the senior writers in the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC). He was also one of the awardees in the Lambago Awards in 2016 and 2018 for his outstanding contribution for the flourishing of arts and culture in Cagayan de Oro City. He is currently a faculty member of the English and Humanities Department of Capitol University.

List of Works


  • Basâ-basa (poetry collection) Cagayan de Oro, Philippines: Xavier University Press.

Print and Online Publications

  • “Habol” (Poetry/Balak) Kabisdak: Cebuano Literary Lighthouse, March 01, 2017.
  • “Triptych: Kinapyotay” (Poetry/Balak) Kabisdak: Cebuano Literary Lighthouse, November 30, 2016.
  • “Terra Nova” (Poetry/Balak) Kabisdak: Cebuano Literary Lighthouse, November 11, 2016.
  • “Downtown Trip” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, June 2016
  • “Koi no Yokan” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, June 2016
  • “Suite” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, 27 May 2015
  • “Alba” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, 04 March 2015
  • “Sa Dihang Kita Nagpungko sa Tagsok nga Ispidno” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, 26 November 2014
  • “Pasiuna sa Pagkatagak” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, 24 September 2014
  • “Berano” (Poetry/Balak) Bisaya Magazine, 22 May 2013


Dacanay, Alvin

Alvin I. Dacanay (b. 1974) is a short story writer, playwright, and editor. He finished his Mass Communication degree at Saint Joseph’s College of Quezon City in 1998 and later studied creative writing at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Dacanay was a fellow at the Silliman University National Writers Workshop in 2001 and the UP National Writers Workshop in 2003. He is a longtime number of The Writer’s Bloc Inc., a Manila-based group of emerging and established playwrights that is one of the organizers of the celebrated annual theater festival Virgin Labfest.

His short stories have appeared in the defunct Philippines Free Press, Philippines Graphic, Homelife,and The Sunday Times Magazine. His non-literary works—features, profiles, reviews—have appeared in The Philippine Post, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Philippines Graphic, Philippine Chronicle, Homestyle, and Rogue.

One of Dacanay’s plays, “First Snow of November”, an adaptation of Bienvenido N. Santos’ short story “The Day the Dancers Came”, won first prize in the One-act Play category at the 2005 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. It was staged at the 2nd Virgin Labfest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines the following year and published in Stage Presence: The Philippine PEN Anthology of Dramain 2008.

Another play, “Eyeball”, was mounted by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in 2000 and later included in the National Book Award-nominated 10 X 10 X 10: Sampung Tigsasampung Minutong Dula ng Sampung Mandudulain 2004.

Dacanay was the opinion and tourism & entertainment editor of Business Mirror and entertainment and lifestyle editor of The Market Monitor. He currently works as assistant business editor of The Manila Timesand literary editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.

List of Works

“Casaroro Falls”. Short story. Published in the Philippines Graphicin April 2013.

“Midnight Sale”. Short story. Published in the Philippines Graphic in July 2006.

“The Cuts on Her Wrist”. Flash fiction. Published in Homelifein March 2006.

“First Snow of November”. Play. Staged in July 2006. Published in Stage Presence: The Philippine PEN Anthology of Dramain 2008.

“Eyeball”. Short story. Published in The Sunday Times Magazine in April 2003.

“Lester’s Brother”. Short story. Published in the Philippines Fress Pressin April 2001.

“Eyeball”. Play. Staged in March 2000. Published in 10 X 10 X 10: Sampung Tigsasampung Minutong Dula ng Sampung Mandudula in 2004.

Deldoc, Eljay

A native of Hagonoy, Bulacan, Eljay Castro Deldoc is a writer, translator, actor, director, and educator. He earned his degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He has been a fellow of the Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop, the 14th Iyas National Writers Workshop, the 1st PUP Multi-Genre National Writers Workshop, the 15th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop, and the 57th UP National Writers Workshop.

He started writing plays in UPLB back in 2009. He wrote a translation of Jose Rizal’s “Junto al Pasig”, a stage adaptation of Ricky Lee’s “Para Kay B”, and an original play entitled “Articulo Mortis”.

Eljay is one of the founders and the present Artistic Director of Tabsing Kolektib , a Manila- and UPLB-based theater company that was established in 2012. For the past six years, he has written four plays for the company: “Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me The Musical”, “Ang Favorite Book ni Jude”, “Ramon Bautistar and His Tales From D Frienzone”, and “Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa”.

For six consecutive years since 2013, Eljay has also been part of The Virgin Labfest. His most notable plays are first staged in this festival: “Owel”,  “Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal”, “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”, and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award-winning “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All the Overcoat”.  In 2016, “Si Maria Isabella…” was mounted by Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco, California.

Eljay also penned Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog”, Dulaang Laboratoryo’s “Sylvia Q.”and “Ang Muling Pamumukadkad ng Vanda sanderiana”, Teatro de Ateneo de Zambangoa’s “Ganito ang Pinangarap Kong Kasal”, UPLB Department of Humanities’ “Alindanaw”, and CopeWithLand’s “Nawa’y Muli Tayong Makauwi”.

Recently, Eljay ventured in producing teleplays as a part-time writer for GMA 7. He’s part of the writing team of “Juan Tamad”, “Naku Boss Ko”, “Conan My Beautician”, and “I Heart Davao”.

Read some of his works at https://deldoctrines.wordpress.com/.


“Nobenta Nostalgia: A Monomusical”was part of Fringe Manila 2018

“Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal”and “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”are included in the Virgin Labfest Anthology 2013-2016, published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2017

“Ang Buwan at Bulaklak sa Aking Pangalan”and “Isang Tanghali, May Sumakay na Anghel sa Aking Kalesa”, children stories that were published in Liwayway Magazine in 2015

“Limang Liham Bago ang Mayo 10, 1897”, an epistolary prose that is included in MAGHIMAGSIK: Mga Tula, Sulatin at Larawan ng Pakikibaka ni Andres Bonifacio at ng Kabataang Makabayan, published by CEGP in 2013

Dimacali, Timothy James

Timothy James Dimacali or TJ grew up in Manila on a staple of vintage comics and classic sci-fi, which instilled in him a lifelong love for literature and science. After graduating with a creative writing degree in 2001 from the University of the Philippines, he found himself pursuing a variety of odd jobs from financial news info editor to cultural commission speechwriter to advertising copywriter. He put this diverse experience to good use when he was eventually promoted to Science and Technology Editor at GMA Network, one of the country’s largest media companies, in 2010. He managed to secure some accolades along the way, including the Department of Science and Technology’s Gawad Scriba Award for Science Communicators in 2013. He is also an alumnus of the Asia Journalism Fellowship (2016), CERN School Philippines (2014), the Netherlands Fellowship Program (2013), the Silliman University National Writers Workshop (2012), and the Iligan National Writers Workshop (2009). His sci-fi short stories, which often blend Philippine history and mythology, have appeared in local and foreign anthologies. He earned a Fulbright scholarship in 2017 to become the first Filipino to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious MS Science Writing program.


“The Sundays in Dapitan.” Philippines Graphic, July 2016.

“On the Consequence of Sound.” The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia. Ed. Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng. Rosarium Publishing. 2015.

“Long Distance Booty Call to Cthulhu.” Playboy Philippines, January-February 2015.

“Skygypsies.” The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010. Ed. Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar. UP Press. 2014.

“Keeper of My Sky.” Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology. Ed. Paolo Chikiamco. Visprint. 2014.

“Homecoming.” Philippines Graphic, July 2014.

“A Word’s Worth.” Philippines Graphic, August 2013.

Dela Peña Jr., Rodrigo

Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. is the author of Requiem, a chapbook. His poems have been published in Likhaan, Kritika Kultura, Rattle, Hawai’i Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other journals and anthologies. He has received prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Poetry, Kokoy F. Guevara Poetry Competition, British Council, Meritage Press, among others. He has also been selected as a Fellow for Poetry in various writers’ workshops. Rodrigo is based in Singapore.


“The Eve of the Fiesta.” One: Jacar Press Poetry Journal. Issue 11 (January 29, 2017). http://one.jacarpress.com/#Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.

“Manifest and Other Poems.” Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. Volume 10 (2016).

“Fishing.” Hawaii Review: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Issue 85 (2016).

“Overheard.” Of Zoos. Issue 5.1 (2016). http://ofzoos.com/5.1=RodrigoDelaPenaJr.html


dela Cruz, Mar Anthony Simon

Nagtapos si Mar Anthony Simon dela Cruz ng BA Aralin sa Sining at MA Filipino: Malikhaing Pagsulat sa University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD). Kandidato siya ngayon para sa Ph.D. sa Filipino: Pagsasalin sa nasabing unibersidad. Naging resident fellow siya sa Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) ng University of Santo Tomas kung saan nagturo siya ng mga kurso sa Filipino. Ilang taon din siyang nagturo ng mga kurso sa Humanidades sa University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
Nalathala ang una niyang koleksiyon ng maikling kuwento noong 2010 bilang bahagi ng Ubod New Authors’ Series II ng the Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) at National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Sinundan ito ng Isang Gabi sa Quezon Avenue at Iba pang Kuwento na inilathala ng University of the Philippines Press noong 2015. Finalist sa 16th Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award and koleksiyon niyang ito. Napabilang ang kaniyang maiikling kuwento sa ilang antolohiya. Nagtamo siya ng karangalan mula sa Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature para sa pagsulat ng maikling kuwento sa Filipino noong 2012.


Dela Cruz, M. A. S. (2016). Job interview. In R. Tolentino & R. Rodriguez (Eds.), WAGI/SAWI: Mga Kathang Lualhati at Pighati. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.

Dela Cruz, M. A. S. (2015). Isang Gabi sa Quezon Avenue at Iba pang Kuwento. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.

Dela Cruz, M. A. S. (2014). Showtime. In R. Tolentino & R. Rodriguez (Eds.), Like/Unlike: Mga Kuwentong Facebook at Politika ng Agam-agam (pp. 110-111). Mandaluyong: Flipside Publishing Services Inc.

Dela Cruz, M. A. S. (2014). Sa silong ng puno ng mangga. In H. S. Beltran (Ed.), ANI 37: The Human Body/Ang Katawan. Pasay City: Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Dela Cruz, M. A. S. (2012). Happy to serve! In H. S. Beltran (Ed.), ANI 37: Cleansing and Renewal. Pasay City: Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Dela Cruz, M. A. S. (2010). Pasakalye. Quezon City: National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices

De Los Reyes, T.

T. De Los Reyes’ poems have appeared in the Hawai’i Review, Hong Kong’s Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Philippine Free Press, Philippine Graphic, and Verses Typhoon Yolanda, an anthology published by Meritage Press.

Her work has recently been listed as a Notable Manuscript in the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize by BOAAT Press in the United States. She won First Place, Poetry in Filipino in the 2007 Maningning Miclat Awards. She was previously a recipient of the Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts for her poetry.

She was also a fellow for Poetry in the 6th Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) National Writers Workshop in 2006.

She lives and writes in Manila, Philippines.



“The Great Tree”, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue #35 March, Hong Kong


“An Ending, A Beginning” & “Kayumanggi”, Hawai’i Review, Issue #85 Fall, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, United States

“Art Oops”, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Issue #11 December,  Kentucky, United States


Excerpts from “These Days”, as part of the anthology, Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets, edited by Eileen R. Tabios, Meritage Press, San Francisco & St. Helena, United States


“Bautismo”, as part of the anthology, Latay sa Isipan: Mga Bagong Tulang Filipino, edited by Cirilo F. Bautista and Allan Popa, UST Publishing House

“Fireplace” & “Lola Rosa”, Philippine Free Press

“Bago Matulog”, “Kung Paano Ko Naaalala ang Pagdadalaga” & “Pagtanda”, Philippine Graphic

“Hayskul” & “Flower Girl”, DAPITAN Volume 1 Number 4, UST Publishing House


“Maaga akong tinuruan tungkol sa disiplina”, HEIGHTS Volume LIV Number 1, Ateneo de Manila University


“Sermon”, HEIGHTS Volume LIII Number 1, Ateneo de Manila University

Dazo, Roehl Joseph

Roehl Joseph A. Dazo writes fiction in Cebuano. He finished his Bachelor of Secondary Education- English at the Talisay City College in 2013 and Master of Arts in Literature at the Cebu Normal University in 2017. He is the co-editor of Libulan: Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature, a fellow of 16th IYAS National Writers Workshop, an officer of Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Sugbo (Bathalad-Sugbo), a group of Cebuano writers in the Visayas, and served as the workshop coordinator of the annual BATHALAD Kagis Creative Writers Workshop in Cebu. A Labing Masaarong Bag-ong Magsusulat sa Bisaya 2016 winner, and his works appeared in Bisaya Magasin and Bukambibig PH. Currently, he is teaching literature, communication, and creative writing to Senior High school students.


  • “Apas-Sulat Gikan sa Wa Ilhing Puluy-anan,” Bisaya Magasin. March 2017.
  • “Suicide Note Ilawm sa Karaang Brip,” Bukambibig PH: Resistance. January 2017.
  • “White Lady Naligsan, Patay,” Bisaya Magasin. September 2016.
  • “Lingin,” Bisaya Magasin. Hulyo 2016.
  • “Ang K-12 ug Ang Senior High School,” Bisaya Magasin. Hunyo 2016.
  • “Nausik Nga Bugas,” Bisaya Magasin. Hunyo 2016.
  • “Ako Usa Sa Mga Iyas sa Katitikang Suboanon,” Bisaya Magasin. Hunyo 2016.
  • “Ang Kulturang Anti-Intellectuallism sa Mga Pilipino,” Bisaya Magasin. Hunyo 2016.
  • “Ladybeverly_69,” Bisaya Magasin. Marso 2016.
  • “Awra,” Bisaya Magasin. Marso 2016.

David, Karlo Antonio

Karlo Antonio Galay David’s family has been in Kidapawan in North Cotabato for four generations. He writes Fiction, drama, and translations in English, Cebuano, and the variety of Filipino in Davao. He has a AB in English from the Ateneo de Davao University and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Silliman University. He was a fellow to the Ateneo de Davao Campus Writers Workshop in Davao, the Iyas Creative Writing Workshop in Bacolod, and the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete. He has a Nick Joaquin Literary Award for fiction and a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for one act play in English.


  • Short story ‘Arabella Raut the Eighth’ Published in Kritika Kultura, semi-annual peer-reviewed international electronic journal of literary, language and cultural studies of the Department of English of the Ateneo de Manila University, No 28, February 2017
  • Short story ‘Kuyaw,’ published in Habi, Collaborative Literary Folio of the Ateneo Universities in the Philippines, March 2016
  • Review on ‘Lungsod na Pinagpala, Kidapawan: Kasayasyan, Pamahalaan, at Lipunan’ by Bergonia, published in Tambara, Academic Journal of the Ateneo de Davao University, August 2015
  • Play ‘R&B (Reality and Budots)’ published in Nomads Quarterly, March 2015
  • Several articles on the Dumaguete MetroPost from 2013-2014
  • Short Story ‘In the Manner Accustomed’ Published in the Philippines Graphic 10th June 2013
  • Translation of poem ‘Candles’ by Alvin Pang Published in the Dagmay, the Literary Journal of the Davao Writers Guild 30th of December 2012
  • Poem ‘Uwan ug Nabiyaang Kagahapon’ published in Bisaya Magasin, 11th July 2012
  • Literary Criticism ‘The Poet as Prophet and Punster: A Review of Cesar Aquino’s In Samarkand’ Published in the Silliman Journal May-December 2011
  • Three Opinion articles published in Sunstar Davao from 2010 to 2011