Fagela, Israfel

Israfel Fagela is a lawyer based in Makati City. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Caracoa, Likhaan, the Philippines Free Press, Graphic Magazine, and other publications. He attended the National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete and the UP Writers Workshop in Baguio City as fellow for poetry.

He was active in the rock music scene in the mid-2000s as a performer with his band Los Chupacabras. He still performs as a singer-songwriter, under the name Easy. He released his second solo album, Majorette, in 2016.


“Creek”, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Vol. 10 (2016)

“Unli”, Philippines Graphic Magazine (20 April 2015)

“Miss Philippines (Interview)”, Rimpos (2015)

“Bedtime Story”, Fast Food Fiction Delivery: Short Short Stories To Go Edited by Noelle Q. de Jesus and Mookie Katigbak-­Lacuesta (2015)

“Dum-Ass Fuxx”, Philippines Graphic Magazine (2013)

Fabros, Melecio

Si Melecio C. Fabros III ay isang guro at cultural worker mula sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas sa UP Diliman. Ilan sa kanyang mga naging posisyon at organisasyon ay ang sumusunod:

President, University of the Philippines Folklorists, Inc. 

Pangalawang Pangulo, Kapisanan ng mga Gurong Nagtuturo ng Rizal [KAGUNARI]

Member, Board of Directors, Linangan ng Literaturang Pilipino [LLP]

Member, Board of Directors, Philippine Folklore Society [PFS]



French, Ma. Zenaida B.

Dr. Ma. Zenaida B. French writes poetry, some of which have been published in journals and collections including Philippines Free Press Literacy Focus, CCP’sAni , NCCA’s Patubas ( L.Deriada, ed.), NCCA’s Mantala Home Life and Fern Garden ( M. Alunan, ed.).

Dr. French is a recipient of awards and grants including the Home Life National Poetry Contest (second prize, 1993 and first prize, 1998); second prize in the All-West Visayas Poetry Contest (English, 1994); honorable mention for “Inamorata”, World Poetry Contest, California, USA, 1989; and finalist for “WomanScape” in the Philippine Free Press Literary Awards (Poetry in English), 1994. She was also cited in Isagani Cruz’s “Critique-at-Large” column in Philippine Star for “Inamorata”, “Womanscape”, “To a Daughter” and “Makataong Pag-ibig.”

She has also conducted, coordinated, facilitated and acted as resource person for seminars and workshops in performance poetry (Tanghal-Tula, 1998), theater, creative writing, film appreciation, literary criticism and art criticism.

Since June 2001, Dr. French is the Coordinator for Western Visayas of the National Committee for Literary Arts (NCLA) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

She conducts workshops and gives lecture-demonstrations on creative writing, particularly the writing of poetry, and the teaching of literature using contemporary strategies in the reading and teaching of literature.

Fernandez, Steven Prince Patrick C.

TIBO was born Steven Prince Patrick C. Fernandez in Manila on January 19 to parents Dean Segundo P. Fernandez and Julieta Castillo. He is the eldest of ten kids.

He attended the University of the Philippines elementary and high schools and graduated with a degree in English at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City. He earned his M.A. in Philippine Studies (with a gold medal recognition) majoring in the Humanities (minors in Comparative Literature and Anthropology). He is the country’s only Doctor of Fine Arts degree graduate (major: Creative Writing) from a Philippine university, the De La Salle.

It was his exposure to Maranao and Mindanao cultures after tumultuous years at the U.P. High School that made his interest in indigenous southern cultures grow. These experiences in the South nurtured the creative compositions that have been performed, published, and discussed in numerous venues here and abroad.

Most of the over forty plays and productions he has authored and directed have been critically acclaimed and performed in extensive tours around the country and in over eighty cities around the world.

His most recent citations are in the Who’s Who in the 21st Century (1st edition) and the 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (1st edition) of the Cambridge International Biographical Centre. He is also cited in the Fookien Times’ 2004 Philippine Yearbook as a “Defender of Our Heritage.” The CCP awarded him with a Pilak for his outstanding cultural work. He is Full Professor at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology and currently Artistic Director of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG).

Floresca, Suzette

Ipinanganak si Suzette Floresca (mas kilala siya sa ngalang ito) noong June 13, 1966 at kailan lamang pumanaw, October 26, 2006. Si Suzzette ay isang makata at kuwentista bago naglingkod sa SOLAIR, sa AIM, sa corporate world, at itong huli, sa NGO. Ang Alamat ng Ating Tag-araw at iba pang mga tula ay isang aklat ng kanyang mga tula na inilathala ng NCCA noong 2005. Siya ay naging aktibong kasapi ng LIRA. Naging fellow siya sa UP National Writers Workshop noong 1990.

Fernandez-Ilagan, Marili

Marili Fernandez-Ilagan was born on November 6, 1964 in Davao Oriental. She obtained her A.B. in Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Davao University in 1984, after securing a major in Journalism and a minor in Theater Arts. She was a recipient of a National Indigenous Grant for Scholarship Program from 1980 to 1984.

A proud Mindanaoan artist, Fernandez-Ilagan has acquired vast research materials of national and regional cultural concerns, which she enriches through her love of theater. She has also helped produce magazines and documentaries that tackle the indigenous people’s claim for their ancestral lands, the effects of war on the children of Mindanao, and gender matters deeply rooted in religious and sociopolitical contexts. She is involved in several publications, including Theater and Reality , CCP’s Ani Mindanao Community Theater Network , a compilation of plays, and an account of community theater practice in the Philippines. She also participates in conferences and presentations. She is a member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines and the Women Playwrights International-Philippines.

Flores, Emil M.

Emil M. Flores is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where he teaches College English, American Literature, Anglo-American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Creative Writing. He received his MA in English from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Creative Writing in UP Diliman. He was a writing fellow at the UP Writers’ Workshop in 1995 and has written essays, short stories, and poems for journals and anthologies such as Sleepless in Manila(Milflores), Dream Noises (Anvil), and With Flute, and Drum, and Pen (National Library of Poetry, USA). Emil has also produced papers that analyze Filipino popular culture, its prominent artifacts and other Pinoy pop phenomena. He has also adapted Philippine short stories into comics form for the UP Press.

Fernandez, Dion Michael

Born in 1980 and raised almost all his life in Baguio City, Dion Michael Fernandez has both a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature and a Master’s Degree in Language Education at Saint Louis University, where he was recognized as “Maker of Myths” in the Mandala Literary Society. Heavily armed and equipped with a vested, almost obsessive, interest in world mythology, ancient cultures and urban folklore, his literary style reflects an eccentric combination of fact, fantasy, Gothicism and cosmopolitan modernism; in fact, a number of his works contain subliminal messages. Three of Dion’s stories based on fact have been published inStories of the Moon , an anthology written by Tony Perez, author of the Cubaoseries of books by Anvil Publishing. Dion also became a regular columnist at Skyland News, a local weekly, writing on topics relating to urban folklore and spirituality. Additionally, he is the sole author of the Baguio Heritage Petition, a long-term initiative that seeks to preserve Baguio City’s remaining environmental and architectural heritage sites. Currently he helps manage and contributes to Ravenloft: the Fraternity of Shadows, an international Gothic literary and game community, where he is known as “Lurker Maximus.”

Fernandez, Doreen Gamboa

Doreen Gamboa Fernandez was born on October 28, 1934 in Manila.

Her PhD in Literature was obtained at the Ateneo de Manila University, 1977. Her Masters degree in Literature was from the same university. Her undergraduate degree in English was obtained at the St. Scholastica College in 1954.

She worked as Professor of the Ateneo de Manila University, as Chairperson of Department of English, Interdisciplinary Studies and Department of Communication and as member of the Editorial Boards of Philippine Studies, Filipinas Journal of Philippine Studies, and The Asian Theatre Journal.

Fernandez was founding chairperson of the Cultural Research Association of the Philippines in 1975 and was also co-founder of the Babaylan Theater Group in 1973.

Her writings focused on cultural history, drama, theater history, literary history and culinary history. Her column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer made her famous. An eponymous writing contest on food was established to commemorate her work.

Faigao, Cornelio Festin

Cornelio Festin Faigao was born on March 31 1908 in Jones, Banton Island, Romblon. He obtained his Masters Degree in Englishfrom the University of San Carlos, 1951. His law degree was obtained at the Visayan Institute, 1939. His undergraduate degree was a BA in Education from the UP in 1931

He worked as editor both for the Cebu Daily News and Southern Star and was President of the Cebu Press Club. He published poetry and criticism. In 1954 he received a Smith-Mundt travel grant to the United States.

His books are Song of Freedom (1946) and The Song of the Hos-Katting (1936). The Faigao Workshop is named in his honor.