Macansantos, Monica

Monica Macansantos is a product of the University of the Philippines Creative Writing program, where she earned her BA in Creative Writing, magna cum laude, in 2007. She was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry in 2013, and earned her PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington in 2018. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in failbetter.comWSQ: Women’s Studies QuarterlyThe Masters Review Anthology, Day OneAotearotica, and Takahe, among other places. Her essay, “Becoming A Writer: The Silences We Write Against”, was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. Her story, “Leaving Auckland”, was a Top 25 Finalist in the Summer 2016 Glimmer Train Fiction Open, while her story, “Stopover”, earned an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her work has been recognized with residencies at Hedgebrook and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is currently Branches nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary and is represented by Kerry D’Agostino of Curtis Brown, Ltd. in New York City. Follow her on twitter @missmacansantos.

LIST OF WORKS

Fiction

“A Fair Face” (novel excerpt). WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly: Spring/Summer 2018. New York (published by the Feminist Press at CUNY)

“Nina” (excerpt). Aotearotica: Vol. 1, 2016. (Christchurch, New Zealand)

“Playing With Dolls.” Day One: 17 February, 2016.  (New York)

(reissued as a Kindle Single by Amazon’s Little A Books)

“Into Lightness.” Shirley: Issue 2, Summer 2015. (Oregon)

“Love and Other Rituals.” Thin NoonIssue 1, 2015. (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island)

“Maricel.” The Fictioneer: Winter 2015. (Davis, California)

Creative Nonfiction

“The Gift of Connection.” ​Takahe Magazine: Issue 92, April 2018. (online and print) Christchurch, New Zealand

“Learning to Grieve.” The Grief Diaries: Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2017. (TGD Special Feature) New York

“My Father’s Pancit.” The New Filipino Kitchen: Agate Surrey, 2018. Chicago

“You’re Here Because You’re Good.” Hedgebrook (alumnae blog)8 September, 2016. (Whidbey Island/Seattle, Washington)

“Becoming a Writer: The Silences We Write Against.” TAYO Literary Magazine: 31 May, 2015. (San Francisco, California) — Recognized in: The Best American Essays 2016, ed. Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan, Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction  

“The Day I Was a Comfort Woman.” Your Impossible Voice: Summer 2014.

Poetry

“Six War Haikus.” Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: Issue 34, December 2016. (Hong Kong)

“Afternoon in Laguna” and “Return to Maguindanao.” TAYO Literary Magazine: Issue 5, 2015-2016. (San Francisco, California)

“Christmas House, Vallejo, California” https://www.willowpressco.com/shop/willow-vol-1

“Homing In” in Willow Zine (Winnipeg, Canada). https://www.willowpressco.com/shop/willow-vol-1

Author’s website: monicamacansantos.com

Macansantos, Priscilla Supnet

Priscilla Supnet Macansantos writes poetry, nonfiction and fiction in English, Filipino and Iluko, her native language. She has won prizes for her poetry from Home Life and Focus magazines, and was awarded for her essay “Departures” in the 1998 Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. She was head of the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Committee on Literary Arts from 2011 to December 2013, and was Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Baguio until April 2012. She attended Creative Writing Workshops held by the University of the Philippines and Silliman University in Dumaguete City. She has also served in the teaching panel of the Cordillera Creative Writers’ Workshop, the Western Mindanao Writers’ Workshop, and Lamiraw. She is a member of Philippine PEN, and holds a PhD in Mathematics.

LIST OF WORKS

“Unnecessary Fictions,” (short story) in Twenty-Two New Asian Short Stories, Mohammad Quayum (editor), Silverfish Books, Kuala Lumpur, 2016

“Baguio Earthquake: A Shaken City,” (essay) in Philippine Pen Journal, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Volume 1, 2014, Phil. Center of International PEN, Inc.

“The Patience of Mother,” (essay) in Motherhood Statements, Cyan Abad and Rica Santos (editors), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2013

“Dumaguete – writers’ haven,”(essay) in The Dumaguete We Know, Merlie M. Alunan (editor), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2012

“A visit,” (poem) in Silliman Journal, special issue, 2012

“Revisiting Burnham,” (poem) in baguio calligraphy, F. Macansantos and L. Maranan (editors), Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2010. (also in Sunday Inquirer)

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times,” (essay) in The Baguio We Know, Grace Subido (editor), Anvil Publishing, 2009.

“Ang Birhen Sa Lipa,” “Ladingit/Grief”(poems) in Ani 37, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2012

“Flood,” “Close Calls”(poems) in Ani 36, Herminio Beltran, Jr. (editor), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2011

Mangahas, Rogelio

The late Rogelio G. Mangahas is a multi-awarded poet in Tagalog/Filipino. He is also a short story writer, playwright, translator, essayist, editor. He graduated from the University of the East (UE) with an A.B. degree, major in Pilipino, and President’s Achievement Award for being one of the Ten Most Outstanding Students in 1965. He took up academic units for M.A. in Panitikan at the University of the Philippines (UP)—Diliman and De La Salle University (DLSU).

Mangahas (RGM) was born in Palasinan, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on May 9, 1939 to peasant parents Matias Ignacio Mangahas and Alejandra Perez Galicia. He graduated from Cabiao Elementary School in 1952 and from Jose Abad Santos School, Binondo, Manila in 1957. He managed to become a self-supporting student by working as a security guard at the People’s Homesite and Housing Corporation (PHHC) and through scholarship by being the Pilipino section editor of the Dawn(UE’s  student newspaper. He also became the editor-in-chief of Ang Diwa, publication of the Pilipino department and  students taking Pilipino subjects.

In the 1960s, RGM formed a close friendship and literary, intellectual partnership with poet Rio Alma (pen name in poetry of Virgilio S. Almario) in the search for and utilization of alternative poetic modes which include free verse, rhyme scheme, use of foreign and local symbols, etc. Later joined by another poet, Lamberto E. Antonio, they successively held the editorship of the Pilipino section of the weekly Dawn,as well as the presidency of KADIPAN (Kapisanang Aklat, Diwa at Panitik), an inter-university organizations of student writers, in the later years of the 1960s, and established their influence as the Tungkong Bato or Triumvirate of modernist Pilipino poetry. In 1967, Mangahas edited and published Manlilikha: Mga Piling Tula, an anthology of modernist poems, signaling the movement.

In the said decade, RGM garnered some major awards from literary contests: first prize in poetry, “Ang Pigtal na Dahon,” KADIPAN, 1963; first prize in poetry, “Ang Lilim na Iyan,” KADIPAN, 1964; first prize in feature writing, KADIPAN, 1965; third prize in poetry, “Tinig Mula sa Kung Saan,” Palanca, 1967;  first prize and the title, Makata ng Taon, Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, 1969. Then in 1971, his activist   poem, “Mga Duguang Plakard,” written a few days after the bloody demonstration in Mendiola on Jan. 30-31, 1970,  won first prize in Palanca Literary Contests in 1971.  (Ironically, this poem became one of the basis for his arrest and detention in Camp Aguinaldo and Fort Bonifacio under P.D. 1081.) Also, his critical essay, “Si Edgardo M. Reyes: Kanyang Akda at Panahon” won first prize also  in Palanca in 1986.

Some of RGM’s awards and recognition from different institutions and organizations include: Gawad Dangal ni Balagtas, from Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), 2015; Gawad Taboan, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 2012; Gawad Patnubay ng Kalinangan sa Literatura, Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila, 2007; Most Outstanding Novo Ecijano Award, Nueva Ecija Provincial Government, 1989; Most Outstanding UE Alumni Award, UE 60thFounding Anniversary, 2006; Best in Poetry, “Gagagamba sa Uhay,” Manila Critics Circle, 2006; Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, UMPIL, 1997; Writing Fellow, Silliman Writers Workshop, 1972; National Writing Fellow, Institute of Creative Writing, UP Diliman, 1987-1988.

RGM worked in several institutions and organizations: as instructor in Pilipino language, creative writing, history of Pilipino literature, UE; lecturer, DLSU, UP Manila, St. Scholastica’s College; editor-in-chief, Phoenix Publishing House, Inc.; Textbook Writing Specialist/Developmental Editor, Sibs Publishing House, Inc.; country editor, Tenggara, literary journal published in Malaysia; consultant for literature, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP); editorial consultant, C & E Publishing House, Inc.

RGM’s published works:

Manlilikha: Mga Piling Tula. Editor, koawtor, Manila: Pioneer Printing Press, 1967.

Mga Duguang Plakard, Mga Piling Tula. Lungsod Quezon: Manlapaz Publishing House, 1971.

Mga Kuwentong-Bayan Mula sa Asya. (2 vols.) salin. Manila: Solidaridad Publishing House, 1989.

Ang Istorya ng 47 Ronin(nobela ni John Alyn). salin. Manila: Solidaridad Publishing House, 1990.

Isang Personal na Bagay(nobela ni Kenzaburo Oue, Nobel Prize Winner). salin. Manila: Solidaridad Publishing House, 1990.

“Ang Romantikong Realismo sa mga Nobela ni Lazaro Francisco,” panunuring sanaysay, nasa Bantayog, Alfonso O. Santiago, patnugot. Lungsod Quezon: Publishing House, Inc., 1995.

“Si Edgardo M. Reyes at ang Kanyang Akda at Panahon,” panunuring sanaysay, nasa Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag, nobela ni Edgardo M. Reyes, Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1986.

“Ilang Silahis ng Banaag at Sikat,” panunuring sanaysay, Philippine Studies,

Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1970.

Gagamba sa Uhay: Kalipunan ng mga Haiku. Lungsod Quezon: C & E Publishing House, 2006.

“Si Balagtas at ang Makabagong Panulaang Filipino,” Panayam Balagtas, Maynila: KWF, Abril 2, 2013.

“Pagbabahagi ng Gunita sa mga Gradwadong Milenyal,” Panayam sa 69thUE Commencement Rites, SMX Convention Center, Abril 23, 2017.

“Pagtakas sa Halimaw ng Dilim,” isang yugtong monologo, unpublished. Quezon City, 2017.

Pinagyamang PLUMA: Malikhaing Pagsulat, textbook sa Baitang 11, koawtor. Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, 2017.

Tatlong Diona. Nasa Pinagyamang PLUMA, 2017.

“Pahaging sa Bagong Hari,” tula. Binigkas sa People Power Monument, Nobyembre 30, 2017.

“Soneto sa Pinag-isang Dibdib,” Binigkas sa kasal ni Pepe Bigornia. Quezon, 2017.

Magpile, Christine Marie

Christine Marie Lim Magpile graduated Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas and finished a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSEd) major in History and minor in Religious Education and School Guidance. She has finished her academic requirements for MA in Counseling at De La Salle University. She studied elementary to high school from St. Theresa’s College Q.C.

She has fourteen years of teaching experience handling Social Science subjects in high school and college from reputable academic institutions such as Immaculate Conception Academy of Manila, University of Santo Tomas High School, St. Peter the Apostle School, and Chinese General Hospital College of Nursing and Liberal Arts (now known as Chinese General Hospital Colleges).

Apart from being a teacher and freelance textbook editor, she is also textbook author for Basic Education (Bayan Kong Pilipinas 6, UPFA: 2010, Media and Information Literacy, Inteligente Publishing House: 2016, and Filipino: Pagbasa at Pagsulat Tungo sa Pananaliksik, Inteligente Publishing House: 2016). Currently, she works as a copy editor and administrative coordinator of the UP Press.

In 2017, her essay on Miguel Malvar won in the competition jointly sponsored by the National Historical Commission and Museo ni Miguel Malvar. In 2016, her book review on Musika sa Kasaysayan ng Filipinas: Pana-panahong Diskurso won in the weekly contest jointly sponsored by the Philippine Star and National Bookstore. She was a three-time finalist for the Salita ng Taon for her entries load (2010), kalakal (2014), and foundling (2016).

Her children’s book Kayumanggi (Lampara Publishing, 2013) was a finalist at the 3rd Filipino Readers’Choice Awards. Her poetry, short story, children’s fiction, and essay won in the 16th and 17th USTETIKA Awards. Her poem also won at the Ambahan competition from the De La Salle University’s Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center in 2007.

Her haikus are included in the anthology of Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry (UST Publishing House, 2018). Her creative nonfiction (“SM-Stop and Shop!”) appears in the 4th UP Likhaan Journal. Her flash fiction (“Spoilers”) appears in A Treat of 100 Short Stories (Anvil Publishing, 2011)

In 2018, she was a fellow at the 6th Angono Writers’ Summer Workshop as well as a writer’s fellow of KATAGA (Quezon City Chapter). She was a fellow for Filipino creative nonfiction in the 2008 UST National Writers’ Workshop and poetry fellow at LIRA (Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo) workshop in 2007.

She is also an active member of the Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines (FWGP) and a registered author and editor of the National Book Development Board (NBDB).

List of Works

Publication Title Date
UST Publishing House Haiku poems from the anthology Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry January 2018
Sky Fiction OFW Story: Nihon ni Ikimasho (creative nonfiction) from the book, Buhay OFW January 2017
The Inteligente Publishing House Filipino: Pagbasa at Pagsulat Tungo sa Pananaliksik (textbook) June 2016
The Inteligente Publishing House Media and Information Literary – Grade 11 Textbook April 2016
Diwa Publishing – UPFA World History: Chronicles in a Changing World – Grade 8 Textbook February 2016
Lampara Books Kayumanggi – Children’s Book May 2013
Psicom Publishing Mighty Morphin Hero (creative nonfiction) November  2012
Diwa Publishing – UPFA Bayan kong Pilipinas – Grade 6 Textbook October 2011
UP Press/Filipinas Institute of Translation Load: Bilang Salita ng Taon sa 2010 (scholarly article) October, 2011
DLSU Press / Anvil Publishing 100 Treats of Short Stories – Spoilers (short story) June  2011
4th UP Likhaan Journal SM – Stop! Drop and Shop!  (creative nonfiction) December 2010
UST Folio Metamorphosis; Miyawaah; Pasta; Alter Christi October 2006

Muslim, Kristine Ong

Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of nine books, including the short story collections Age of Blight, Butterfly Dream, and The Drone Outside, as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat, Meditations of a Beast, and Black Arcadia. Age of Blightis, among various other international critical acclaims, one of the best books of 2016, according to Chicago Review of Books. Her short stories and poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Boston Review, New Welsh Review, The Cincinnati Review, Tin House, Weird Fiction Review, World Literature Today, Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation(Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2017), and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology(University of Georgia Press, 2018). She is editor for the poetry section of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, a journal published by Epigram Books in Singapore, and is co-editor with Nalo Hopkinson of the British Fantasy Award-winning anthology, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction.

Kristine Ong Muslim is born on September 18, 1980 in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. She grew up and continues to live in a rural town called Nuro Poblacion in Maguindanao. She has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. A long-time freelancer who has done some odd jobs, she also worked for around six years in call centers in Cebu City and Manila. Muslim is not a fellow of and has never applied to any of the country’s institutionally supported writing workshops. She is also not and will never be a member of any formal organization for Filipino writers. Naturally, she has no Palanca Award and will never have one.

LIST OF WORKS

The Drone Outside(London: Eibonvale Press, 2017)

Black Arcadia(Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2017)

Meditations of a Beast(Wisconsin: Cornerstone Press, 2016)

Butterfly Dream(Sacramento, CA: Snuggly Books, 2016)

Age of Blight(Los Angeles, CA: Unnamed Press, 2016)

Lifeboat(Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015)

A Roomful of Machines(New York: ELJ Publications, 2015)

Grim Series(Wisconsin: Popcorn Press, 2012)

We Bury the Landscape(Texas: Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012)

Merquita, Errol A.

Errol Merquita was born and raised in Los Amigos, Tugbok Davao City. He received full writing fellowships from Ateneo de Davao, MSU-IIT (Iligan), De La Salle University (IYAS), University of the Philippines-ICW, UP-Cebu, UP-Tacloban and UP-Baguio. He is a recipient of Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards (2011, 2015, 2017) and Satur Apoyon Writing Contest (2010), for fiction in Cebuano and poetry for children in Filipino.

His works appeared in Philippine Graphic, Ubod 2016, IYAS Anthology, Best of Dagmay, Davao Harvest and Kabisdak among others.  He is a recipient of the University of the Philippines Chancellor’s Medal for Culture and Arts (2002) and Most Distinguished Alumnus Award (UP Mindanao , 2016). He is an active member of the Davao Writers Guild.

He is one of the  editors of dagmay.com, an on-line literary journal that comes out as a literary page of SunStar Davao every Sunday. Professionally, he served as program coordinator in various UN agencies. He is currently managing an emergency and early recovery projects in the   Islamic City of Marawi under an INGO.

WORKS

Tagulilong: Ang mga Nawawala (2017- won Second Prize for Tulang Pambata: Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards -CPMA)

(2017- won Third Prize for Cebuano Short Story Category: CPMA)

Ang Iiisang Paa ng Tsinelas (2015- won First Prize for Tulang Pambata: CPMA)

Isla Verde ( 2011- won 2ndPrize for Cebuano Short Story Category: CPMA)

Kinsay Nagpatay sa Paris a Calinan? (2010- won 2ndPrize for Satur Apoyon Short Story Writing Contest).

Unsaon Pagpatay sa Ok-ok- Dagmay.com- November 2016

Katong Nagbinahinay ta sa Saging- Dagmay.com- February 2009

Moldez, Raul G.

 

Raul G. Moldez is the Assistant Secretary to the Sanggunian in the City of Cagayan de Oro. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Aside from working in the Sanggunian, he also finds time to write fiction and poetry, some of which have appeared in The Sunday Times, Panorama, Philippines Free Press, Homelife, Sunstar Weekend and Bisaya, among other publications.

He had been a fellow to the Iligan National Writers Workshop, the 2nd Panagsugat: UP Mindanao-UP Visayas Creative Writing Workshop and the 37th and 53rd editions of the University of the Philippines (UP) National Writers Workshop and a member of the Philippine Center for International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists).

He is now serving his second term as President of Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Mindanao (Bathalad-Mindanao), a group of creative writers in Mindanao which advocates for the flourishing of Cebuano literature.

He is the author of two collections of poetry, A Day in a Poet’s Life and Other Poems and Mga Taho Gikan sa Akong Uniberso.

He has won awards in the writing competitions sponsored by Bathalad-Mindanao, Bathalad-Cebu, Davao Writers Guild, Gov. Gwen Garcia Literary Contest, Homelife Poetry Contest

LIST OF WORKS

Title:    What remains
Author:  Moldez, Raul G.
Source:  ST   117(155)B7
Date of Pub: Mr 13 ’16

Title:    What remains
Author:  Moldez, Raul G.
Source:  PG   26(27)42
Date of Pub: N 30 ’15
Subjects:  POEMS–SINGLE WORKS ;

Title:    What remains
Author:  Moldez, Raul G.
Source:  PG   26(27)42
Date of Pub: N 30 ’15
Subjects:  POEMS–SINGLE WORKS

Title:    Things to do
Author:  Moldez, Raul G.
Source:  ST   115(114)B6
Date of Pub: F 2 ’14
Subjects:  POEMS–SINGLE WORKS

Title:    The unbaptized eyewitness of a stabbing incident interrogated by the cop at the   precinct.
Author:  Moldez, Raul G.
Source:  PFP   90(32):35
Date of Pub: 08/07/1999
Subjects:  POEMS–SINGLE WORKS

Mabanglo, Ruth Elynia

Ruth Mabanglo is both a poet and scholar. She has been publishing poetry for over 30 years and has received numerous literary awards and honors, most recently the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame Award, the 1992 Commission on Filipino Language “Makata ng Taon” (Poet of the Year) for the poem “Gahasa” (Rape), and the Manila Critics Circle 1990 National Book Award for Poetry for Mga Liham ni Pinay (The Letters of Pinay). Mabanglo has also published many academic works and currently is a professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she teaches Tagalog Language and Literature in the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature. –R. N. Labrador

Education

1985

  • Ph.D. (Filipino Language and Literature)
    Manuel L. Quezon University
  • 1980
  • M.A. Education
    Philippine Normal University
  • 1969

     

     

    Leadership Experience

    UH Manoa Filipino and Philippine Literature Program

    Advanced Filipino Abroad Program

     

    Teaching for the US Department of Defense

     

    Teaching/Coordinating for the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

    • Bachelor of Arts (Filipino)
      University of the East
    • 2001-Present: Coordinator
    • 1993-2001 Associate Professor
    • 1990-1993: Visiting Associate Professor
    • Summer 2006: Project Co-Director, De La Salle University-Manila
    • Summer 2005: Project Co-Director, De La Salle University-Manila
    • Summer 2004: Project Co-Director, De La Salle University-Manila
    • Summer 2002: Project Director, De La Salle University-Manila
    • Summer 2001: Project Co-Director, Philippine Normal University
    • Summer 2000: Project Co-Director, Philippine Normal University
    • Summer 1998: Project Co-Director, University of the Philippines-Los Banos
    • Summer 1995: Project Co-Director, University of the Philippines-Los Banos
    • Summer 1994: Project Co-Director, University of the Philippines-Los Banos
    • Summer 2003: Filipino 303 (Accelerated Reading & Listening in Filipino)
    • Summer 1997: Filipino 303 (Accelerated Advanced Filipino)
    • Summer 1995: Filipino 303 (Accelerated Filipino)
    • Summer 1991: Intermediate Filipino (10 weeks)
    • Fall 1990: Intermediate Filipino (10 weeks, four skills)
    • Summer 1999: Teacher/Program Coordinator for Filipino, University of Oregon-Eugene
    • Summer 1996: Teacher/Program Coordinator for Filipino, Arizona State University
    • 1995-Present: Philippine Literature/Fil Courses using English as medium of instruction (IP 363, IP 396, IP 431, IP 368B)
    • 1990-2003: All levels of Filipino as a second language, UH Manoa
    • 1988-1990: All level (Undergrad/Grad Level) of Filipino to native speakers, Manuel L. Quezon University-Manila
    • 1985-1988: All level (Undergrad/Grad Level) of Filipino to native speakers, De La Salle University-Manila

From: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~mabanglo/vitae.html

Morales, Imelda

Imelda Morales is a Filipino writer who used to work for ad agencies such as OgilvyOne (Manila) the CRM and Direct Marketing/Digital Marketing arm of Ogilvy & Mather. She finished Business Administration from the University of Sto. Tomas, and took her Master’s in English (major in Creative Writing) at the University of the Philippines (Diliman). She is a thesis shy away from getting her Master’s degree. 

Ime writes poetry and essays. She also writes poems and stories for children. She has published her poetry in various anthologies, magazines and broadsheets, and has attended national creative writing workshops and writing seminars. Her feature articles have likewise appeared in different magazines and newspapers published nationwide (online and print). 

She is an officer of Kuting (Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting), an organization of writers for children in the Philippines. She has also been involved in projects that benefit underprivileged children and help promote learning and education through Isang Bata. She gives free workshops in public schools to teach feature writing, news writing and poetry. 

Ime is a solo parent to a very promising young artist and musician Gillermo Santino. They live in Quezon City.

Malvar, Siege

Siege Malvar likes writing in the middle of the night when the whole world finally learns how to shut the eff up. He writes novels for young adults, including the cult hit series “Not Quite Unreal” (Visual Print Enterprises, 2008). As a performance artist, he is known for re-inventing The Balagtasan with his partner-in-rhyme, GP Abrajano.

He was Korean Literature Translation Institute’s Filipino writer-in-residence for 2006 under the Asian Cultural Partnership Initiative program of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Recently, he was commissioned by the British Council and Apples & Snakes for the “SPEECHLess” tour, an international poetry event that toured the United Kingdom. SPEECHLess involves new works from 5 artists from the Southeast Asia, and 4 London-based artists. It performed in The Albany (London), The Bluecoat (Liverpool), Bath Spa University, The ARC (Stockton), The Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster University), and finally, as part of the Poetry International Event (where he is also a blogger-in-residence) in London’s prestigious Southbank Centre.