Kimpo, Jr., Phillip

Phillip Kimpo Jr. was born on May 10, 1985 in Galas, Quezon City to Aklanon parents. He graduated BS Computer Science from UP Diliman. He was a Fellow for English Creative Nonfiction in the 48 th Dumaguete National Writers Workshop and 9 th UST National Writers Workshop, and for Filipino Poetry in the 9 th IYAS Creative Writing Workshop and 2007 LIRA Poetry Clinic.

He is the President of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) for the years 2009-2011, founding member of the Dapitdilim Fellowship of Writers, and member of the Writers Union of the Philippines (UMPIL). He was the overall project coordinator of the Sining ng Tugma at Sukat (STS) 2008 project of LIRA and the NCCA that taught poetry to ten towns in Luzon . He is finishing his first book of personal essays, “Corsair of Cor-Street.” An amateur photographer, his shots have appeared in a book and several magazines. Visit him at .

Writer, Editor, Website Manager, Website Publisher 
President, LIRA (Filipino poetry group) 
Member, UMPIL (Writers Union of the Philippines) 
Founding Member, Dapitdilim Fellowship of Writers 
Staffer, (Filipino literary journal) 
Batch 2006, BS Computer Science, University of the Philippines at Diliman

Kalaw, Maximo Maguiat

Essayist and fiction writer Maximo Maguiat Kalaw was born on May 6, 1891 in Lipa, Batangas. Educated in the Philippine Normal School and the University of the Philippines, Kalaw also obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Georgetown University in 1915 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, honoris causa, from the University of Michigan in 1924. He served as associate editor of the Manila Times, and as professor of political science at the University of the Philippines, where he was Chief of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He was exchange professor at the University of Michigan, becoming the first Filipino to teach in an American university.

Formerly a private secretary in the office of Manuel L. Quezon, Kalaw later became a representative of the 3rd district of Batangas in the first legislature of the Commonwealth. He passed away on March 23, 1955.

His published works include Usapin ng mga Pilipino (1915), The Development of Philippine Politics (1926), The Filipino Rebel: A Romance of the American Occupation of the Philippines (1930), The Philippine Question: An Analysis(1931), An Introduction to Philippine Social Science (1933), and Materials for the Constitution (1934).

Kilates, Marne L.

Marne L. Kilates has published three books of poetry, Children of the Snarl(Aklat Peskador, 1987), Poems en Route (UST Publishing House, 1998), andMostly in Monsoon Weather (UP Press, 2007), and nine books of translation of Filipino poetry into English. His translations include works by major Filipino poets, the latest of which are the University of the Philippines Centennial Edition of Francisco Balagtas’ Florante at Laura , and National Artist Virgilio S. Almario’s (or Rio Alma’s) Mga Biyahe, Mga Estasyon / Journeys, Junctions (Anvil, 2008).

Among his other translations are Gagamba sa Uhay / Spider on a Stalk, a collection of Haiku by Rogelio G. Mangahas (C & E Publishing, 2006), Sonetos Postumos by Rio Alma (University of the Philippines Press, 2006), Isang Sariling Panahon / A Time of One’s Own, a collection of Rio Alma’s poems in the traditional Tagalog short verse forms (Aklat Peskador/NCCA 2008), Gitara by Jesus Manuel Santiago (Akasya Books, 1997), and Maguindanao Folktales, a translation of oral literature (Phoenix Publishing House, 1993).

Kilates was educated in the province, at the Divine Word College in Legazpi City , and has attended the Silliman and U.P.Writers’ workshops. He is a member of the Board of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), and an Associate Fellow of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC). He has won several Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his poetry, the Manila Critics Circle National Book Awards for his poetry and translation, and the 1998 SEA ( Southeast Asia ) WRITE Award given by the Thai royalty.

Kilates is also an active user of the new medium of the Internet, and publishes and edits the online poetry & art magazine called Poet’s Picturebook, at , and his own website, All Our Nameable Days,at where his new and past works, and his translations, may be sampled.

Katigbak, Mookie

Mookie Katigbak finished her BA at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2001 and her MFA in Creative Writing at the New School University in New York City in 2004. A published poet, her works have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Likhaan, Ideya, The Philippine Graphic, Sunday Inquirer Magazine and Heights.

She has also done readings of her work at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City, Mag:net Katipunan, A Different Bookstore, and most recently, the NCCA. Her collection of poems, “The Proxy Eros,” won third place at the Palanca Memorial Awards in 2005. She refused the Nobel Prize in 2005 because she had not been nominated.

Katigbak, Luis

Luis Katigbak has won numerous accolades for his writing, including Palanca and Philippine Graphic awards. He has two books out so far: Happy Endings , a collection of short stories from the UP Press, and The King of Nothing to Do , an anthology of his essays, from Milflores Publishing. He co-founded BURN magazine and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the online music magazine He is currently a Contributing Editor for Imagine magazine and the Editor-at-Large for UNO magazine, and writes a weekly column for the Manila Bulletin.


THE KING OF NOTHING TO DO (Milflores Publishing, 2006)

Nominated for a National Book Award in 2007

HAPPY ENDINGS (University of the Philippines Press, 2000)

Nominated for a National Book Award and the Madrigal-Gonzalez First Book Award in 2001

Kwe, Francezca C.

Iloilo-born writer Francezca C. Kwe is nevertheless a product of Manila private schools St. Scholastica’s Marikina and the University of Santo Tomas, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and headed the Thomasian Writers Guild.

She has been a writing fellow to four national writers workshops, among these the University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop, and the National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City.

Her works have received the USTetika and the Carlos Palanca awards, and have been published in the Sunday Times, the Philippines Free Press, Story Philippines, and Volume 1 of the Philippine Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Dean Francis Alfar. She is currently taking her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. She is fond of large dogs and small people.

Karasig, Jose Domingo

Jose Domingo Karasig was born on July 31, 1904 in Malolos, Bulacan. He obtained a degree in journalism from the University of Manila, after which he took up the editorship of publications such as Ang Republika and Liwayway. In addition to being a reporter and columnist, Karasig also became acting provincial governer of Bulacan in 1946. He was a member of the organizations Bulalakaw, Tatsulok and Apat na Bituin.

He won several prizes for his poetry and fiction in Filipino. His short story “Pilyang-pilya” was published in the 50 Kuwentong Ginto ng 50 Batikang Kuwentista (1939), edited by Pedrito Reyes. A prolific novelist, some of the titles he wrote were Ang Saing-Saingan (1936), Agimat (1945), Tala ng Umaga (1948), and Anak ng Bulkan (1959). He passed away on August 22, 1975.