Lapeña-Bonifacio, Amelia

Dubbed as “The Grande Dame of SE Asian Children’s Theatre,” Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio started receiving awards and editorships for her writing as early as high school and college, but her set designing, which began in the UP, earned a Fulbright-Smith Mundt Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin -Madison (MA/Speech-Theatre Arts). Her first two plays, Sepang Loca (1957) and Rooms (1958), won awards and were premiered at the UW Play Circle and subsequently published in the US. Today her literary output consist of 20 books, 40 plays, 130 stories, several essays which include the results of her researches on theatre as Research Fellow of several local and international grants. Her research in the early 70s opened her eyes to the puppet theatres of Asia, and in 1977, she founded and managed TEATRONG MULAT NG PILIPINAS, an official UP children’s theatre and puppetry troupe which will celebrate its 30th year in 2007. MULAT has represented the Philippines in 28 international theatre festivals and in many puppetry workshops and conferences. A widely translated author, ‘Tita Amel’ has written and produced works for children such as Ang Paghuhukom and Sita & Rama: Papet Ramayana, which have been shown all over the world.

Now a Professor Emeritus of the UP, she served as Professor of English and Chair of the Creative Writing Program where she instituted courses in Creative Writing, later formalizing them as undergraduate and graduate programs. She also helped in the establishment of the Creative Writing Center which she headed as Director from 1986-1995. She worked for the recognition of more women writers and held workshops on children’s literature, the last of which gave birth to two important organizations: KUTING (writers for children’s books) and INK (illustrators of children’s books).

She is president of UNIMA-Pilipinas (Union Internationale dela Marionnette) and the ASSITEJ-Philippines (International Association of Theatre For Children and Young People). Recipient of over 50 national and international literary prizes and awards, she is cited in a number of encyclopedia and British, American and Indian Bibliographies. Now in her mid-70’s, she is still active in theatre, performing for children and adult audiences, writing plays, designing and creating puppets, costumes and sets and setting the direction of children’s literature and children’s theatre in the country.

Lanot, Marra PL.

Marra PL. Lanot is a poet, essayist, and freelance journalist. She has published articles and columns in newspapers and magazines on the arts, culture, and politics.
She also translates poems from English and Filipino into Spanish, just as her own poems have been translated and published abroad into foreign languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, and Japanese.
Marra was official delegate to several international literary festivals here and abroad. She spoke and read her works at the Kuala Lumpur World Poetry Reading; the first International Feminist Book Fair in Melbourne; and the first Hong Kong International Literary Festival; IV Encuentro Internacional de Poetas Mujeres in Oaxaca, among others.
At the V Encuentro de Poetas del Mundo Latino, held in Mexico, Marra was the only delegate from Asia. At the 23rd Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín, Marra was the sole delegate from the Philippines. She also received a four-month grant to the International Writing Program in Iowa.
Among her literary awards are the Palanca award for poetry in English, and another for her essay in English. Furthermore, she received the Catholic Mass Media Award for her columns in Filipino as well as the Balagtas award for a poem in Filipino.

List of Works

Cadena de Amor: New and Selected Poems in English, Filipino, and Spanish. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2017.

Dream Sketches, second edition. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013.

Darna & Other Idols. Mandaluyong City: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2012.

Riding the Full Moon and Other Poems in Filipino and Spanish. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2008.

Witch’s Dance at iba pang tula sa Filipino at Español. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing Inc., 2000.

The Trouble with Nick & Other Profiles. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1999.

Deja vu & Other Essays. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1999.

Dream Sketches. Metro Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 1991.

Passion & Compassion. Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1981 (first printing), 1988 (second printing).

Flowers of the Sun. Quezon City: Mayon Volcano Publishing House, 1970.

Sheaves of Things Burning. Quezon City: Panitikan Publications, 1967.

Lee, Gabriela

Gabriela Lee has been published for her poetry and fiction in the Philippines, Singapore, the United States, and Australia. Her first book of fiction is titled Instructions on How to Disappear: Stories(Visprint Inc., 2016).Her previous works include Disturbing the Universe: Poems (NCCA Ubod New Writers Prize, 2006) and La-on and the Seven Headed Dragon (Adarna House, 2002). She received her MA in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines. You can find out more about her work at


Liwanag, Tim Pagaduan

Tim Pagaduan Liwanag was raised in Manila, Philippines by his parents. His interest in history and pro-Filipino works became the groundwork for his book that promotes achievements of Filipino Trailblazers. Recently, his published work on the apocalypse of first-century Jewish nation gave him the recognition of being the first Filipino author to write a book on fulfilled eschatology.

Outside his intellectual hobbies and his fascination for ancient scripts like Baybayin, the pre-colonial Philippine writing system, he definitely likes watching superhero and sci-fi movies with family and friends.

(All published by Amazon Digital Services LLC)

  • Philippine Fathers & Mothers, 2016
  • First Filipino World Records,2016
  • Why Jesus Came To Hell Paperback, 2015
  • Fulfilled Eschatology, 2015

Lacambra, Gexter

Gexter Ocampo Lacambra was born in Olongapo City where his family lived until he was five years old and grew up in Villasis, Pangasinan, the town of his mother. Gexter dreamt of becoming a full-pledged writer when he was still in high school, wanting badly to take up a degree in literature, say, in one of the country’s Big 4 universities but his parents could not support such an ambition to base himself and study in Manila. He ended up finishing a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education instead. Being a teacher in a private school in the Philippines prior to becoming an OFW, he wrote short stories and poems in Filipino and English which found publication in Liwayway, the Philippines Graphic, and some local publications by Ilocano groups. He was also a ubiquitous resource speaker on campus journalism in the Division of City Schools in Urdaneta City, he being an ardent school paper adviser. He was a fellow at the LIRA Poetry Clinic under National Artist for Literature, Dr. Virgilio S. Almario. He won second place in Tulaan sa Tren 2, a national poetry writing contest sponsored by the LRT and the National Book Development Board. He has also written some works for ANI of the CCP. While in the subway on his way to work, he writes English haiku or senryu  pieces on his phone and sends them to some online magazines. He now lives with his wife, Marilou and their two children, Gem Elijah Xerxes and Gaea Melanie, in Milan, Italy.


  • Sapin-Sapin
    Liwayway, 18 April 2017
  • Sa Metro Linea 3
    2nd Place, Tulaan sa Tren 2 (2009)
    Published also in Off the Beaten Track
    (NBDB & Vibal Foundation, October 2009)
  • Sa Metro
  • Pagbabago
  • Ang mga Lumang Damit ni Clara
    Kuwentong Pambata
  • Oyayi sa Ulan
    Liwayway, July 11, 2005
  • Ang mga Regalo Kay Inay
    Maikling Kuwento
    Liwayway, June 11, 2005
  • The Teacher from Calvary
    Short Story
    Sirmata, June 2005
  • The Cry-Song of the Pariah 2
    Sirmata, April 2005
  • Ang Daddy ni Clara
    Maikling Kuwento
    Liwayway, April 25, 2005
  • Lagip
    Poem in Iluko (Ilocano)
    Sirmata, March 2005
  • Mga Engkantada sa Sagradong Batong Pilak
    Kuwentong Pambata
    Liwayway, December 6, 2004
  • Si Balud
    Kuwentong Pambata
    Liwayway, December 1, 2003


  • Nanay
    Maikling Kuwento
    Liwayway, February 24, 2003
  • Ang Parabula ng Aking Anino
    Young Star Section, The Philippine Star, October 20, 2000
  • Cry-Song of the Pariah
    Philippine Graphic, July 31, 2000
  • Separation
    Philippine Graphic, July 31, 2000
  • Idalangin Mo sa Maykapal
    Maikling Kuwento
    Liwayway, April 1990
  • A Beggar’s Christmas
    The Modern Teacher, December 1997

Limpin, Vivian N.

Vivian N. Limpin is a graduate of B.A. Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino (Creative Writing in Filipino) from the University of the Philippines in 1995. She has published different writings in various publications, was a writing fellow in several writing workshops, and has won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Poetry in Filipino in 1995. She also does performance poetry.

She has designed theater lights, has exhibited her photographs in solo and group shows since starting as a photojournalist in The Philippine Collegian, and has won two photography awards from the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.

She has done production work on a number of independent film projects since completing filmmaking and animation workshops at the Mowelfund Film Institute, including directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, production design, translating and subtitling, editing, animation, video documentation, and stills photography, and has screened her first solo experimental animation in several film festivals locally and abroad. She also won in the UP Film Institute’s 1st On the Spot Animation Competition.

She has exhibited her paintings and installation pieces in a number of solo and group shows, notably with the women artists group Kasibulan since starting painting in 2000. She also collaborates with Komikera on their komiks-on-the-wall and published indie komiks projects.

Latorena, Paz

Paz Latorena – born in Boac, Marinduque. Fictionist. She received her elementary education in at the St. Scholastica’s College and her secondary education at the Manila South (now Araullo) High School. She earned her bachelor of science degree in education at the University of the Philippines College of Education and took a graduate course at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). She taught English at the UST.

While still a freshman in college, Latorena started writing in earnest. Paz Marquez-Benitez, then editor of Herald Midweek Magazine , encouraged her to write and publish her works in the magazine. She became nationally known when Jose Garcia Villa included her story, “Sunset”, in his anthology Philippine Short Stories in 1929. It was considered the best published that year. Her works of fiction are included in the Philippine Prose and Poetry series which are used as textbooks in public high schools. Aside from “Sunset”, her best works include “Small Key”, inPhilippine Herald , in 1927; “Myrrh”, in Graphic , 1931; “Years and a Day”, inTribune , 1936; and “Desire”, in Literary Apprentice in 1937. All of them were included in Jose Garcia Villa’s roll of honor from 1926-1940.

Latorena’s stories have a wistfulness which tells of a gentle disillusionment with life. Many of her stories chronicle the unexpressed heartaches of women. There is bitterness, however, but sadness over certain dreams left unfulfilled.

Lacaba, Kris Lanot

A poet, essayist, and translator, Kris Lanot Lacaba was born and raised in Metro Manila and was educatedin the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School.

His poetry has appeared in magazines like The Sunday Inquirer Magazine, The Philippines Free Press, The Philippine Graphic, Mirror Weekly, Tulay: the Chinese-Filipino Digest, and Panorama, and in anthologies including The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction and Father Poems.

He works as a journalist for print and TV and has worked as a teacher, a public relations officer, a production manager for digital productions, an actor and waiter. In 1999 he received the UP Poetry Award and was named an Achievement Awardee in the Field ofLiterature by the Philippine Women’s University in 2003. He was a fellow in the Dumaguete National Writers Workshop, the UP National Writers Workshop, and the Asian Artists Exchange Program sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, South Korea.

Lansang, Jr., Jose M.

Jose M. Lansang, Jr. , also At-Tariq, was born in Pampanga on September 2, 1939 “on the day the Wehrmach crossed the Polish frontier to start the Second World War in Europe.” As a child during the Japanese Occupation, he lived with his parents in Western Pangasinan. Later, he studied at the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School, the Union Elementary and High School, UP High School, and the University of the Philippines. In 1958, he went to New York as a fellow of the Louis August Jonas Foundation There he met Jose Garcia Villa and the leading lights of the Beat Generation. Later, he worked as clerk, office boy, and liaison man of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations.

Upon his return to Manila, he published 55 Poems (1961) and LV, 22 & xiii Poems(1964). The latter won the Carlos P. Romulo Award in Poetry. Black or Otherwise(UP Press, 1969, introduction by Leonard Casper) won 3 rd prize in the 1969 Palanca. Lansang’s “15 Poems” also shared the 2 nd prize in the 1981 Palanca.

A number of Lansang’s poems seem autobiographical and show deep psychological distress; in some, it appears traceable to his relationship with his mother, examples being “A Ballad of the NMH (National Mental Hospital),” “Rambinations,” and “The Nth Loss” ( Black or Otherwise ). But, as Dr. Cesar Ruiz Aquino has maintained, At-Tariq’s was the ” gift of madness”. Lansang passed away early this year of 2006.

Llana, Jasmin Badong

Jazmin Badong Llana has a Master of Arts degree in Theater Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman and used to be part of the World Theater Project of Dr. Anton Juan, having acted in some of its productions. One of her recent memorable works as director was the Kantada ni Daragang Magayon, Mandirigma from Merlinda Bobis’ epic poem Cantata of the Warrior Woman Daragang Magayon. She is identified with contemporary Bikol writing and a member of the Kabulig-Bikol, the association of Bikol writers. Her poems have been published in journals and books among which is Recuerdos, featured in the book Filipinos Writing (DLSU Press, 2001). She organized the first and second Pagsurat Bikolnon (Bikol Writers’ Conference). In the book Hagkus, Twentieth Century Bikol Women Writing (DLSU Press, 2003), author Paz Verdades Santos describes Jazmin Llana as a “…good candidate for the honor [of being balyana / babaylan of the new generation]”, like the priestess of long ago who was leader and healer, educator, and kulturtraeger or carrier of civilization.

Jazmin Llana was born on October 27, 1963 in Baao, Camarines Sur. She now lives in Albay where she also works. She has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of the Aquinas University of Legazpi in Legazpi City. At present she is the Executive Assistant for External Affairs and Director of the Center for Culture and the Arts at the same university.