Hosmillo, B.B.P.

B.B.P. Hosmillo is queer, Southeast Asian, and anti-colonial writer. He is the author of Breed Me: a sentence without a subject / Phi ging tôi: mt câu không ch đ (AJAR Press, 2016) with Vietnamese translation by Hanoi-based poets Nhã Thuyên & Hải Yến. His writing is anthologized in Bettering American Poetry and forthcoming or has appeared in Apogee Journal, Connotation Press, Lambda Literary Review, SAND: Berlin’s English Literary Journal, The Collapsar, The Nottingham Review (UK), & Transnational Literature (Australia), among many others. His interviews can be read in Misfits Magazine & VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. He is the founder of Queer Southeast Asia: A Literary Journal of Transgressive Art, a poetry reader for BOAAT Journal, & occasionally a guest poetry editor for Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.


  • B.P. Hosmillo, ‘Post-Colonialism, with a Dream Boy’s Hand’, in Connotation Press, USA, 2017.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, ‘Mourner’, in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 34, Hong Kong, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, ‘Requiem for the Living’, in Apogee Journal, #NoDAPL #StillHere: Native and Anti-Colonial Craft Against Dispossession Folio, USA, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, A Public Space’, in The Nottingham Review, UK, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, Cinema of Extinction’, in The Blueshift Journal, USA, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, ‘Birthplace, in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 33, Hong Kong, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, ‘Nation, Men, Losses I Slept With’, in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Issue 24, pages 40-48, USA, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, Citizens of the First World Can’t See You’, in BOAAT Journal, USA, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo,, the blessed thing: a hieroglyph’, in Public Pool: One Space for All Poets, USA, 2016.
  • B.P. Hosmillo, Of Ourselves We Are Estranged & other poems’, in Palaver Journal, Spring 2016, pages 23-31, USA

Hildawa, Sid Gomez

Hildawa was an artist, architect, writer, cultural worker and poet. He served as the director of the visual, literary, and media arts department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) until his untimely death.

He won in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his full-length Filipino play Macho Motel in 1997, and his Building a House and Other Poems in 2006. He was also a two-time recipient of the Philippine Free Press Literary Award for poetry; author of Regarding Space, published in 2005 by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the “Ubod” First Author Series, chapbooks which featured the best of unpublished young writers in the Philippines; and a featured artist in several one-man exhibits.

He was a recipient of the CCP Thirteen Artists Award, a British Council fellow for art and architecture, and a poetry fellow at the University of the Philippines ‘ National Writers’ Workshop and Iligan National Writers’ Workshop. He entered UP Diliman in 1979. His training was in architecture but was also known for his art and poetry production.

His blog is at www.lihawad.blogspot.com, which contains several articles and poems, some of them poetic reworkings of Juan Luna masterpieces. He passed away last 30 March, 2008. A mass and a tribute were held for him at the CCP Main Theater Lobby. He was born on Christmas day. Sid Gomez Hildawa was 45 years old. 

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Hornedo, Florentino


Florentino Hornedo was born in Savidug, Sabtang, Batanes on October 16, 1938. He received his BSE from the University of Santo Tomas in 1961, his MAs in English and Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1966 and 1972 respectively, his Ph.D. in Literature from UST in 1977, and a post doctorate in History and Political Science from UST completed in 1985-88. He also has training in Journalism and Cultural Anthropology.

Dr. Hornedo has authored 13 books in Philosophy, Education, Culture and History. He has been editor of Ad Veritatem , a Journal of Research at the UST Graduate School, and Ivatan Studies Journal , a Graduate School Research Journal at the Saint Dominic College of Batanes. He has garnered several awards , among them the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, National Catholic Authors Award, Pilak Award for Service to Culture, the Arts and Community, of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Annual Book Awards of Ateneo de Manila University, Batanes Provincial Achievement Recognition for Cultural and Social Research, Recognition Award for Social Research, from the UST College of Education Alumni Association, and Most Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Awardee in the Arts & Humanities 2006.

Hidalgo, Cristina Pantoja

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo was born on August 21, 1944 in Manila. The renowned teacher, editor, writer, and pioneer of creative nonfiction obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Philippines in 1993. Garnering honors since her colegiala days, Dr. Hidalgo has also received such prestigious awards as Gawad Balagtas, Graphic, Free Press, Focus, Manila Critics’ Circle, British Council Grant to Cambridge, and the U.P. President’s Award for Outstanding Publication. She has been recognized as Outstanding Thomasian Writer, Hall of Famer for the International Publication Award, and Grand Prize winner for the Novel in the Palanca Awards.

Her husband’s fifteen-year relationship with UNICEF provided her with opportunities to explore various countries. Out of her experiences were born seven autobiographical travel books, including Sojourns (1984), Celadon and Kimchi: A Korean Notebook (1993), Coming Home (1997), and Passages: Selected Travel Essays (2008). She also has five short story collections, the most recent of which isSky Blue After the Rain (2005), and two novels, Recuerdo (1996), which won the Palanca, and A Book of Dreams (2001). Her work in literary criticism has produced four books that include studies of women’s literature, such as those published inWoman Writing: Home and Exile in the Autobiographical Narratives of Filipino Women (1994), A Gentle Subversion (1998), and Over a Cup of Ginger Tea (2006). Dr. Hidalgo has also put together numerous anthologies such as The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction (1995 and 2001), Sleepless in Manila(2003), My Fair Maladies (2005), and The Children’s Hour: Stories on Childhood, Vol. II (2006).

She is currently Vice President for Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines and an associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing.

Below is her extensive bibliography: 


Recuerdo (1996)

A Book of Dreams (2001)

Short Stories/Tales

Ballad of a Lost Season and Other Stories (1987)

Tales for a Rainy Night (1993)

Where Only the Moon Rages: 9 Tales (1994)

Catch a Falling Star (1999)

Sky Blue After the Rain: Selected Stories and Tales (2005)

Creative Nonfiction

Sojourns (1984)

Five Years in a Forgotten Land: A Burmese Notebook (1991)

I Remember…Travel Essays (1993)

Skyscrapers, Celadon and Kimchi: a Korean Notebook (1993)

The Path of the Heart (1994)

Coming Home (1998)

Passages: Selected Travel Essays (2008)

Looking for the Philippines (2009) 

Travels with Tania (2009)

Literary Criticism

Woman Writing: Home and Exile in the Autobiographical Narratives of Women (1994)

A Gentle Subversion: Essays on Philippine Fiction (1998)

Over a Cup of Ginger Tea: Conversations on the Literary Narratives of Filipino Women (2006)

Fabulists and Chroniclers (2008)


Pinay: Autobiographical Narratives by Filipino Women (2000)

Creative Nonfiction: A Reader (2003, 2005)

Sleepless in Manila : Funny Essays, etc. on Insomnia by Insomniacs (2003)

My Fair Maladies: Funny Essays and Poems on Various Ailments and Afflictions (2005)

The Children’s Hour: Stories on Childhood, II (2007)

Tales of Fantasy and Enchantment (2008)

Philippine Postcolonial Studies, Priscelina Patajo-Legasto co-editor (1993, 2005)

The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1995, Gemino H. Abad co-editor(1996)

Shaking the Family Tree, Alessandra Gonzales, co-editor (1998)

The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1997, Gemino H. Abad co-editor(1998)

Why I Travel and Other Essays, Erlinda E. Panlilio co-editor (2000)

The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction, 2001 Gemino H. Abad co-editor(2002)


Creative Nonfiction: a Manual for Filipino Writers (2003, 2005)

Be Your Own English Teacher: Punctuation, Thelma E. Arambulo co-author(2003)

Be Your Own English Teacher: New Words, Thelma E. Arambulo and April T. Yap co-author (2003)

Our People’s Story: Philippine Literature in English, Gemino H. Abad co-author (2005)

Hidalgo, Antonio A.

Antonio A. Hidalgo was a campus writer at the U.P. in the early 60s, where he edited the 1964 Philippinensian, and contributed essays, fiction and poetry to The Philipine Collegian and its literary supplement, The Folio.

He was a full-time Staff Writer for the Graphic Magazine during 1970-72. He was inducted into the U.P. Writers Club in 1972. He was a Daily Columnist for Money Asia during 1994-95. He founded Milflores Publishing, Inc. in 1999 to pioneer in mass education through the commercial production and sale of books. The best writers in the country are encouraged to surmount class barriers by sharing as much of their knowledge and insights as they can through information and literary books that meet the needs and wants of the Filipino masses. As of 2006, Milflores had published 61 titles that work toward this goal.

Hidalgo is a bilingual writer (English and Filipino) and has published seventeen books on a wide variety of subjects, including six collections of his fiction, a historical biography, a collection of essays on development, a guide to Philippine shopping malls, and a series of eight books on cockfighting. He has also published a large number of technical studies and monographs on national development planning, urban planning, social development, education, and programs of assistance for women and children.

He won first prize for his short story in the 2002 N.V.M. Gonzalez National Memorial Literary Awards. His stories also won prizes in the 2003 Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, the 2001 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and the 2000 N.V.M. Gonzalez National Memorial Literary Awards. Three of his books were nominated for National Book Awards by the Manila Critics’ Circle. Two of his stories in Filipino, and two in English, were anthologized in the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 Likhaan Books of Poetry and Fiction of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing and the U.P. Press.

From 1975-1990, Hidalgo served as a senior international professional, and became the highest-ranking Filipino, in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in five postings abroad. In 1984, he was awarded a Presidential Medal by the Republic of Korea for his “distinguished contributions to Korea’s social development.” He was Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in the cabinet of former President Fidel V. Ramos during 1995-98, when he collaborated with the NEDA and helped write the Philippine National Development Plan and was the main author of the Philippine position paper on human settlements for the U.N. HABITAT II global conference in Istanbul in 1996. He was a Senior Fellow in the Development Academy of the Philippines during 1973-75. He taught economics, political science, and social work intermittently in the 60s and 70s, for a few years at a time as a full-time faculty member, at the U.P. and the Philippine College of Commerce.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (major in Economics) from the U.P. in 1964, where he was a university and a college scholar. While there, he took up a number of non-degree courses for two years in fiction, poetry, mathematics, philosophy, and the MBA program. In 1972, he completed the academic requirements for an M.A. in political science at the Ateneo University with a straight-A average throughout. In 1975, he was a awarded a fellowship by the World Bank and trained in Urban Development at the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Hufana, Alejandrino G.

Alejandrino Gurtiza Hufana , bilingual poet in English and Iloko, is also a playwright, painter, and literary critic. He was born on October 22, 1926 in San Fernando, La Union. He earned his AB in English in 1952, and MA in Comparative Literature in 1961 from the University of the Philippines, after which, on a Rockefeller fellowship for art librarianship, he obtained an MS in Library Science in 1969 from Columbia University. In 1957 he went on a special year-long study leave to the University of California at Berkeley, then returned in 1961-62 on a Rockefeller creative writing fellowship, finishing there Sieg Hei : An Epic on the Third Reich , later published (1974).

He was a professor of English at UP where he began teaching in 1954. He was UP poet-in-residence from 1979 to 1983, director of the UP Creative Writing Center from 1983 to 1985, director of the CCP Library, and editor of CCP’s Pamanawhen he emigrated to the United States in 1986. Awards include a Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Literature in 1965, Palanca, 3 rd prize for poetry in 1976, Outstanding Ilocano Writers and Journalists Award from the National Press Club in 1980, Tawid Award for Arts and Letters from Ilocano Heritage Foundation) in 1981, Parangal from Writers Union of the Philippines in 1984, and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad in Balagtas in 1995. He passed away on August 1, 2003.

Among his works are Sickle Season / Poems of a First Decade, 1948-1958 (1959),The Wife of Lot & Other New Poems (1971), Curtain-Raisers / First Five Plays (1964), The Unicorn / A Dance Drama (in Pamana , June 1971), and Mena Pecson Crisologo and Iloko Drama (1965).