Nazareno-Gabis, Caroline

Caroline Nazareno-Gabis a.k.a. Ceri Naz, born in Anda, Pangasinan, Philippines, is a multi-awarded ‘’poet of peace and friendship’’, editor, publicist, linguist, educator, and women’s advocate.

Graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, specialized in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri has been a voracious researcher in various arts, science and literature. She volunteered in Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, TELUS World Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Aquarium and other charity foundations in Canada.

She was chosen as one of the Directors of Writers Capital International Foundation (WCIF), Board of Directors of Galaktika ATUNIS Magazine based in Albania; the World Poetry Canada and International Director to Philippines; Member of the following organizations promoting peace, women’s rights, culture, arts and literature: Global Citizen’s Initiatives, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT); The Poetry Posse, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), International Women’s Leadership Association, Universal Peace Federation, Akademika Nusa International Social Sciences and Humanities (ANISSH), Axlepinos and Anacbanua.

Her children’s story and poems were published in various local prints and international anthologies: Sunday Manila Times March 2017, World Poetry Yearbook 2013, 2014 & 2015 ( IPTRC-China), Poetic Melodies, XXI Century World Literature, Prosopisia Journal, Inner Child Press ltd. (USA) featured her in The Year of the Poet April 2016 and October 2014; Anti-Terror and Peace IFLAC Anthology 2016, For Love of Leelah (USA , WOMEN IN WAR (Africa), Muse for World Peace Anthology (Nigeria), Greek Fire Anthology (UK), IMMAGINE & POESIA e-book (Torino, Italy) Peace Poems (USA and Canada) I Am A Woman, a tribute to Kamala Das (India), Women of The World (Canada), Just For You My Love Anthology (India), The Art of Being Human (Switzerland, Canada and Romania), Siir Antolojisi (Turkey), Who Shall I Make My Wife ( Nigeria) and more. She was the editor of THE THREE HIT COMBO, authored by the famous Philippine Mental Assassin, Justin Piñon.

She received prestigious awards including, 4th Placer in World Union of Poets Poetry Prize with 100 participants worldwide,  Writers International Network-Canada ‘’Amazing Poet 2015’’, The Frang Bardhi Literary Prize 2014 (Albania), the sair-gazeteci or Poet-Journalist Award 2014 (Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey) and World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013 (Vancouver, Canada).

Beyond her literary works, she teaches Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Environmental Science in Tarlac Agricultural University.




Ngo, Patricia Celina

Patricia Celina Ngois a writer of children’s literature. She is the author of Blanket/Kumot, part of the Picture Poetry Series of Anvil Publishing. She has also won the Palanca Award thrice for her children’s poetry in English: Ordinary Adventures(2015), Miniature Masterpieces(2016), and Magical Mall of Mysteries (2017). Her poetry collections aim to inspire a sense of wonder and celebrate the beauty in the everyday. Her children’s poems are written in rhyme to make the reading experience for children more fun, engaging, and memorable.

Patricia was a fellow for fiction during the 57th UP National Writers Workshop. Her workshop piece was a story written for children.

Patricia was a panelist in the 2016 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival for “Picture Poetry: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Poetry.”

Although Patricia primarily writes children’s literature, she also delves into other genres. As a graduate of BS Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University, she enjoys discussing business-related matters. She also enjoys talking and writing about food and runs an Instagram account at @patngoeats. At 22 years old, she aims to continue exploring writing possibilities further.

Nadera, Vim

Victor Emmanuel Daelo Carmelo Nadera Jr. aka Vim Nadera is a Professor 3 from the University of the Philippines Diliman on secondment as the Director IV of the Philippine High School for the Arts.

Together with his wife Ellay, he founded the Foundation AWIT (Advancing Wellness, Instruction, and Talents) Inc. in 2008 after their four-year old son Awit, who had Global Developmental Delay, succumbed to pneumonia.

After taking his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, he became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS (PWD), drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, as well as victims of abuse, calamities, and grief.

It became instrumental in coming up with what was believed to be “the Asia’s first expressive arts workshop” — at the National Arts Center in 1995.
After a year, his satire Sens Op Tyumor (1996) wherein victims became victors as actors was staged at Insular Life Auditorium.

Since the turn of the millennium, he had been conducting poetry therapy sessions with Persons With AIDS (PWA) at the Bahay Lingap of the San Lazaro Hospital.
In cooperation with Citizens’ Drug Watch, he did the same for the National Bureau of Investigation Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Tagaytay City.

He had given expressive arts workshops at the Stairway Foundation in Puerto Galera, Mindoro for their N.C.C.A.-funded performance poetry production Hikbi/Hibik ng Lansangan from 2000 to 2001. Philippine Society of Oncology (PSO) supported his tour around with visual artist, Wilson Ma, in its outreach program called Three Ps (or Poetry, Painting, Photography) in private and government hospitals inside and out of Metro Manila. During the PSO’s 50th anniversary on 11 September 2014, he was honored with the Community Service Award for conducting poetry workshops in different cancer wards.

A former commissioner of UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines’s Culture Committee, he is a member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Committee on Literature and the Philippine Center for Gifted Education’s Board of Directors.

As part of the NCCA Committee on Literary Arts, he was chosen to defend its choice for the controversial National Artists Award in 2009.

His other projects include the text-a-poem contests such as Textanaga (2003), Dalitext (2003), Dionatext (2004), and Textsawikain (2005). He also initiated the first student literary conference called Panitikabataan. During his term, Likhaan: A Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature and the Gawad Likhaan: The U.P. Centennial Literary Awards came into being. The portal to Philippine literature is his brainchild too like Pistang Panitik or Literary Fiesta which coincides with the annual Manila International Book Fair since 2006. For three years, he had been the proponent of Pagpupugay sa mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining.

Every Tuesday he had been handling since 2004 Conspiwriters’ Tuesdays at the Conspiracy Garden Café while every last Monday of the month he had been hosting since 2008 O.M.G. (Open Mic Gig) at the Mag:Net Gallery in Katipunan where its owner, Rock Drilon, allowed his installation called State of Emergency when he opened it on 13 March 2006 by staying frozen inside its Poets’ Alcove for hours.

On 10 Mar 2006, after his lecture called Abadillismo he launched a compact disc he produced entitled Kaakuhan in honor of Alejandro G. Abadilla, which can be divided into Mga Tula ni AGA and Mga Tula kay AGA.
Fr. Robert Reyes invited him in 2007 to train Overseas Filipino Workers to become “histourist guides” in the so-called Jose Rizal Trail in a project known as Lakbay Dangal.

In 2009, he helped conceptualize and organize Word Jam and the Literary Zone during the yearly Pasinaya at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. As a fund-raising campaign for both Ondoy and Pepeng victims, Vim gathered literary artists together for Dilang-Anghel part of the CCP’s SagipSining initiative that very year too.

Vim was recognized internationally when he became a South East Asia Write Awardee (2006) as well as nationally when he was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003) and recipient of the Gawad Balagtas (1998) from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. In Manila, he twice received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan — for Theater (2014) and for Literature (2010). He was selected as Natatanging Anak ng Quezon (2003) and Natatanging Anak ng Tayabas (2006).

At UST, he received the TOTAL or The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award (2007); 80th College of Science Anniversary Jubilee Achievement Award (2007); Fr. Angel de Blas Outstanding Achievement Award (2004); Cum laude, Master of Arts in Psychology (1996); Ten Outstanding Thomasian Writers (1995); Rector’s Faculty Development Grant (1994); and Varsitarian Scholarship (1983-1986).

UP granted him the Artist I, UP Arts Productivity System (2013-2016 and 2009-2012); 27th Anniversary College of Arts and Letters Service Award (2010); U.P.Centennial Publications for [H]ISTORYADOR[A] (2008); U.P.Centennial Publications for Mujer Indigena (2008); U.P. Centennial Publications for Aklat Likhaan (2008); U.P. Portfolio Professorial Chair (2005); Federico Alcuaz Professorial Chair Award (2004); Gawad Chanselor as Outstanding Artist (2004, 2003, 2002, and 1999); Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino Award (2002); Leopoldo Yabes Award as Outstanding Assistant Professor (2001); Creative Work and Research Scholarship Fund (2000); and Nancy Sena Faculty Grant (2000).

Quezon National High School gave him the Dangal ng Quezon High during 110th Quezon National High School Founding Anniversary and Grand Alumni Homecoming (2012) and the honor to be its graduation speaker last 27 March 2015.

As a poet, he became the youngest Poet of the Year (1985) who also won the National Centennial Commission Literary Prize for Epiko (1998); Gantimpalang Collantes, Talaang Ginto for Tula (1994 and 1992); National Book Award (1995); Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for Tula (1992); Carlos Bulosan Award for Tula (1990). As an essayist, he bagged Gantimpalang Collantes, Talaang Ginto for Sanaysay (1996) and Cultural Center of the Philippines Grant for Sanaysay (1994). As a playwright, he was given the Cultural Center of the Philippines Grant for Playwriting (1992). As filmmaker, he got the MOWELFUND Film and Video Grant (1990). As a novelist, he received the Juan C. Laya Award for Best Novel in Filipino (2007) and the National Centennial Commission Literary Prize for the Nobela (1998).

On 30 December 2015, during the 119th Rizal Day celebration, he was recognized by his hometown in Tayabas City for being one of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas’ Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Francisco Balagtas (2015).

He collaborated with Elmer Borlongan who created letras y figuras using iPad in his poetry collection Rizalpabeto (The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development, 2012).

In his Kayumanggi (UST Publishing House, 2011), Vim’s poems are turned into wearable art by Lorina Javier, photographed by Dominique James, set into music by Fer Edilo, designed by by Mannet Villariba, and translated by Arvin Mangohig, Vic Nierva, and Francis Quina. Digital artist and photographer Pinggot Zulueta and layout artist Albert Gamos helped him come up with his poetry anthology Asinta: Mga Tula at Tudla (UST Publishing House, 2002). In 2008, composer Paul Val Peña turned some of those poems into songs in the compact disc Katoto.

His novel [H]ISTORYADOR[A] (UP Press, 2006) and epic Mujer Indigena (UP Press, 2000) placed second in the Centennial Literary Prize in 1998. In 1994, two of his poetry books were nominated to the National Book Award but his 15 Lamang (De La Salle University Press, 1994) was luckier than his ALIT: Dalit Galit Halit Malit Ngalit Palit Salit (Anvil Publishing House, 1994).

His masteral thesis was published as Poetreat: The Use of Poetry as a Therapy in Mutual Support Groups of Cancer Survivors in Metro Manila (UST Publishing House, 2006). His dissertation was concluded with his poems about rice put together as songs by alternative music icon Joey Ayala and other respected artists who joined forces in the CD called Palay, Bigas, Kanin.

He, too, is a performer. On 12 June 1998, through the partnership of the National Centennial Commission and UMPIL, he directed, produced, and performed in his biggest and best performance poetry project ever — the literary gathering entitled (KA)LAKARAN: Sentenaryo ng mga Makata ng Bayan — wherein the performance artists played the role of their favorite Filipino heroes at Glorietta.

As a performance artist, he represented the Philippines in art festivals in South Korea (2013), Germany (2013), Thailand (2012 and 2006), United States (2011), Japan (2010), Singapore (2008 and 2002), Taiwan (2007, 2006, and 2001), and Malaysia (2001 and 2000).

As a lakandiwa, he is the V in the Balagtasan team – MTV — with M or Mike Coroza and T or Teo Antonio who were invited here and abroad, particularly to the Filipino American Book Festival 1 and 2 at the San Francisco Library and the Union City Hall, both in California, and at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

He was a delegate to the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival on 23 October 2014 as the Godfather in Khavn de la Cruz’s indie film Ruined Hearts.

Chosen by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, he is the Festival Director of the international litfest Performatura: Performance Literature Festival in 2015, 2017, and 2019.



  • Rizalpabeto, The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development, 2012
  • Kayumanggi, UST Publishing House, 2011


  • Sikolohiyang Pilipino sa Pag-unawa sa Sarili, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, 2017
  • Tula Bilang Terapiya, Ani, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2014

Compact disc/Cut

  • Ang Ginto Sa Makiling (kasama si Greg Zuniega), Philippine High School for the Arts, 2017
  • Performatura Theme Song (kasama si Diwa de Leon), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2015
  • Kasa-kasama Kita (kasama si Diwa de Leon), Philippine Society of Oncologists Inc. 2014
  • Dito (kasama si Diwa de Leon), Araw ng PHSA’s Official Sound Track, Philippine High School for the Arts, 2014
  • May Laya, Indio’s Official Sound Track, GMA 7, 2013
  • Aking Anak (Awit Ng Isang Ina), Indio’s Official Sound Track, GMA 7, 2013
  • Pamana (kasama si Coke Bolipata), UNESCO Commission on Culture, 2013

Nidea, Eilyn L.

Eilyn Lamadrid Nidea of Ragay, and Tigaon, Camarines Sur is a cultural worker helping promote Bikol language, arts, literature and culture.

She writes poetry, creative non-fiction, plays, and fiction. She also does literary adaptations and translations. Her works were published in a number of literary folios, anthologies, and journals.

She won in the essay category of the 2009 Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon (PTALB) with her entry Buhay Riles (Life on the Railways), a glimpse of the skates industry in the railroad town of Ragay.

On December 27, 2015, she co-founded Teatro Ragayano,  a semi-professional community theater based in Ragay, and staged Gamgam, her adaptation of Carlos A. Arejola’s experimental play Mga Ibong Hapo sa Maaraw na Alas Siyete.

She acted in the Bikol independent films Angustia (2013), and Hinulid (2016), both by Kristian Sendon Cordero, and Sayaw sa Butal (2016) by Victor Dennis T. Nierva.

One of her most recent advocacies is the putting up of Ragay Bikoliana Section at the Ragay Municipal Library through book and artwork donations from authors, cultural workers, artists, art enthusiasts, and former students.

She teaches English and literature classes at Ragay National Agricultural and Fisheries School, Liboro, Ragay, Camarines Sur.


  • Give Until It Hurts for the Theater Demands Total Giving of Self (essay)
    Panaghoy ng Kalikasan Playbill
    Teatro Ragayano
  • The Literary Adaptation Experience (essay)
    Hawla and Gamgam Playbill
    Teatro Ragayano
  • Of Animals and Memories (creative non-fiction)
    Ani 39, Ang Kahayupan
    Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Pagbaklay (erotic poetry)
    Girok, Bikol ERrotic Anthology
    Kabulig Bikol,  Inc.
  • Fluvial sa Ragay (poetry)
    Susog Salog Bikol River Arts and Culture Initiative Manual for Teachers
    Ateneo de Naga University
  • Awakening (erotic poetry)
    Tilad 3, Mati
    Ateneo Literary Association Online Folio
  • Sa Salog (poetry)Tilad 3, Mati
    Ateneo Literary Association Online Folio
  • The Journey (English translation of Pagbaklay)
    Ani 38, Ang Katawan
    Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Buhay Riles (creative non-fiction)
    Rimpos Literary Folio
    Ateneo de Naga University
  • The Nurturing: Inspiration from Rimpos (commemorative book, as chief writer and editor)
    Salingoy Art group, Naga City


  • An Misteryo kan Surat-Kamot, a translation of Karel Capek’s
  • The Mystery of the Handwriting, Ateneo de Naga University Press, October 2017
  • The Pronoun I, monologues on HIV-AIDS (as co-editor), Teatro Ragayano and Pintakasi Media Arts, July 2017
  • Essays on Buhi Experiences, Buruhian, May 2017

Naval, Jimmuel C.

Si Dr. Jimmuel C. Naval ay isang Kabitenyong guro ng Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas sa UP Diliman, Quezon City. Isa rin siyang kuwentista at kritiko. Ang koleksiyon niya ng mga akda ay pinamagatang Pangaluluwa at Iba pang Kuwento. Isa siya sa mga pinarangalan ng Distinguished Alumni Award for Culture and the Arts ng UP Alumni Association noong 2011. 

Nolledo, Wilfrido D.

The playwright and fiction writer Wilfrido D. Nolledo was born on January 19, 1933 in Manila. He finished high school at the National University and then graduated with a BA in Literature from the University of Santo Tomas. He worked as a writer in This Week, Sunday Times Magazine, and at the Ministry of Health, and then as staff member of the Philippines Free Press. He was also contributing editor for Focus Philippines and editorial assistant for Observer and Newstime.

He garnered numerous awards for his short stories and one-act plays in English. Among these were first prize in the Marian Year Literary Contest at the UST, various prizes in the Free Press literary contest, and the Palanca awards. He was also a fellow at the University of Iowa.

Some of his short stories include “In Caress of Beloved Faces,” “Adios, Ossimandias,” and “Rice Wine”. Island of the HeartLegend of the Filipino GuitarAmour ImpossibleTurn Red the SeaFlores para los muertos (Flowers for the Dead), and Dulce estranjero are only a few of his one-act plays. His novels are But for the Lovers (1970), Sangria Tomorrow (1981), and Via con Virgo(1984).

Nierva, Victor Dennis Tino

Victor Dennis Tino Nierva belongs to the new generation of Bikolano writers—dreaming big for his native literature. He was fellow at the 44th UP National Writers Workshop (Poetry in Bikol) and at the 1st Ateneo (AILAP) Workshop on Scriptwriting for Film and Television. A collection of his poems was shortlisted in the 2006 Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon. He is also a member of the Kabulig: Bikol Writers Group. Writing poetry in three languages: Bikol, English and Tagalog, his works have been published in a number of literary anthologies; he also writes for national periodicals. At present, he is on leave from his Journalism classes at the Ateneo de Naga University to pursue a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of the Philippines.

Navarro, Jr., Sergio Canlas

Sergio Canlas Navarro, Jr., born on October 6, 1898 in San Fernando, Pampanga, wrote under the pen names ESY, Esiong, E. Sy Ong, Serna, Ibarra, Rex Moun, Conde del Sol, and Conde del Valle Inclan. A Capampangan poet and playwright, he studied at the San Francisco Xavier College, then an annex of Ateneo de Manila, Instituto de Manila, and Escuela de Derecho where he finished only two years of his law course. He became editor of the Pampango weekly Ing Kawal.

His “Napun, Ngeni, at Bukas” (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) won first prize in the 1920 poetry contest sponsored by Ing Mananulin, the first Pampango magazine. His poetry collection was entitled Kasacmal a Sampaguita (A Handful of Sampaguitas), and his sarsuelas include Ninung Makikasalanan? (Who Is to Blame?), Indu Ku (My Mother), Ing Mapanako (The Thief), and Lua Ning Casalanan (The Tears of Sin). He also adapted foreign plays into Viuda Alegre(Merry Widow), Eku Kasalanan (It Is Not My Fault), and Siping Bale (Neighbor). Navarro passed away on March 12, 1972.

Navarra, Marcel M.

Ipinanganak si Marcel M. Navarra sa Tuyom, isang baryo sa Carcar, Timog Cebu noong 2 Hunyo 1914. Dito siya lumaki at dito rin siya yumao noong 28 Marso 1984. Halos buong buhay niya ang inilaan sa pagsusulat ng higit na 80 maikling kuwento at pagsisilbi sa patnugutan ng iba’t ibang magasin: bilang patnugot pampanitikan ngBisaya (1938-1941), Lamdag (Ilaw, 1947); bilang katulong na patnugot ng Bulak,isang magasing pampanitikan ng pahayagang Republic Daily (1948-1952); bilang patnugot ng Bag-ong Suga (Bagong Ilaw, 1963-1967), at ng Bisaya (1967-1972).

Si Marcel Navarra ay produkto ng Amerikanong edukasyon bagama’t second year high school lang ang kanyang tinapos.

Noong 1947, sinulat ni Eustaquio Ocampo, isang manunulat mula sa Misamis Oriental, ang sumusunod sa Bisaya:

Si Marcel Navarra ang Guy de Maupassant ng ating panitikan. Siya ang nangunguna sa talaan ng mga matatagumpay at progresibong mga manunulat sa loob ng mahabang panahon – mula sa panahon bago magdigmaan hanggang sa kasalukuyan – inilahad niya ang kanyang kaisipan at damdamin sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga panulat. ….

Binansagan din si Marcel Navarra na “Hemingway sa Binisaya” ng iba pang manunulat sa Sebuwano. Kinilala siyang tagapagtaguyod ng modernismo at realismo sa panitikang Sebuwano na nagbigay ng tiyak na anyo sa maikling kuwento. Lubhang naging kapuri-puri ang makatotohanang paglalarawan niya ng iba’t ibang aspekto ng buhay sa baryo kung kaya’t “kon tuslukon, modugo gayud!” (kapag tinusok, tiyak na magdudugo).

Ito ang ilan sa mga kuwentong kanyang isinulat: “Apasumpay” (Pahabol), “Ug Gianod Ako…” (At Ako’y Inanod…), “Ang Pahigmata “(Ang Pagkamulat), “Si Manang Merin ug ang Kasing” ( Si Manang Merin at ang Turumpo), “Tingali ang Adlaw Mosilang Ugma” (Sisikat ang Araw Bukas), “Sa Lunhawng Tugwayanan” (Sa Luntiang Bukid), “Ang Hunsoy Sungsongan Usab” (Ang Hunsoy) at “Paingon sa Bag-ong Kalibutan” (Patungo sa Bagong Daigdig).

Sa panahon ng digmaan, mula sa pagta-trabaho sa Maynila ay bumalik sa Tuyom si Navarra at doo’y nag-asawa’t nagkaanak ng siyam. Pagkatapos niyang isulat ang “Si Zosimo” noong 1955, huminto na sa pagsusulat si Navarra. Ngunit naging aktibo siya sa iba pang gawaing pampanitikan. Tumulong siya sa pagtatayo ng LUDABI (Lubas sa Dagang Bisaya, na ang ibig sabihin ay pinakapuso ng kahoy ng panulat sa Bisaya) noong 1956. Siya ang nagbinyag sa organisasyon at nanungkulan bilang isa sa mga pinuno nito. Nagretiro siya noong Disyembre 1973.

Mula sa “Introduksiyon” ni Dr. Teresita Maceda sa Marcel M. Navarra: Mga Piling Kuwentong Sebuwano isinalin sa Pilipino at Ingles at pinamatnugutan ni Dr. T. Maceda (UP Press, 1986).

Norada, Conrado Saquian

Ilongo fiction writer Conrado Saquian Norada was born on May 19, 1921 in Iloilo City. He studied at Miag-ao Elementary School, Iloilo National High School, and University of Iloilo, finishing with a law degree in 1950. He was an intelligence officer of the sixth military district during WWII and became governor of Iloilo from 1969 to 1986. In addition to becoming the national president of the Sumakwelan Ilongo organization, he was also co-founder and editor of Yuhum magazine. In 1990, the UMPIL awarded him the Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for Ilongo fiction.

Norada’s published works include “Ang Likum ni Diana” (Diana’s Secret) inKasanag magazine, Bulak nga Ilahas (Wild Flower), Balay sa Pangpang sang Suba (House by the River Bank), Sekretarya (Secretary), Dalugdog sa Dughan(Dalugdog at the Breast), and Ang Gugma Bulag (Love Is Blind).