Oyzon, Voltaire

Voltaire Q. Oyzon has an MA in English from Leyte Normal University, where he teaches Waray language. He has been a writing fellow at the Visayas, Faigao, Iligan, and UP writing workshops. He is from Barugo, Leyte.

LIST OF WORKS

Stories for children:

  • Sandangaw (Sari-Sari Storyooks, forthcoming)
  • Hi Datu Bangkaw ha Isla Pinangamotehan (LNU Press, forthcoming)
  • An Amô ngan Uran (LNU Press, 2017)
  • An Nagpabukid nga mga Barko ( Katig Writers Inc./LNU Press, 2015)

Poetry collection:

  • Mga Bangin (LNU Press, forthcoming)
  • An Maupay ha mga Waray ug iba pa nga mga Siday(NCCA 2008)

Other books:

  • First One Thousand Commonly Used Words in Waray: A Dictionary for MTBMLE Educators (3NS/CHED, 2013)
  • Five-Language Classified Dictionary: English-Waray-Kana-Inabaknon-Tagalog ((3NS/CHED, 2014)

Orlino, Michael Rey S.

Si Michael Rey S. Orlino ay makata na nagtapos ng Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Engineering sa Ateneo de Manila University at ng Masters sa Engineering Management sa University of South Australia. Siya ay naging masugid na miyembro ng Heights at Matanglawin noong kolehiyo. Naging bahagi siya ng Unang Palihang Rogelio Sicat at Heights Writers Workshop noong 2010. Karamihan sa mga akda niya ay nailimbag sa Heights at Matanglawin. Noong 2012, nagawaran rin siya ng Loyola School Awards for the Arts, ang pinakamataas na parangal para sa sining ng Ateneo. Pagkatapos ng kolehiyo naging tagapagtatag na miyembro siya ng Kataga kung saan nailimbag ang mga tula niya sa unang dalawang antolohiya ng grupo. Bagaman nasa pagiging inhenyero ang buhay niya ngayon, patuloy niyang binabalikan ang unang pagmamahal niya sa panitikan at panitikang Pilipino.

LIST OF WORKS

  • Saranggola. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 2 Quezon City Philippines. 2016.
  • Ang Mangangaso. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 2 Quezon City Philippines. 2016.
  • Sa Pananampalataya. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 2 Quezon City Philippines. 2016.
  • Isda. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 2 Quezon City Philippines. 2016.
  • Pagdaan sa Kabulusan. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 1 Quezon City Philippines. 2014.
  • Binusabos Mo Ako, Diyos Ko. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 1 Quezon City Philippines. 2014.
  • Awit ng Pag-asa. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 1 Quezon City Philippines. 2014.
  • Diona sa Diyos. Tula. Mula sa antolohiyang Kataga 1 Quezon City Philippines. 2014.
  • Pagkatapos ng Baha. Tula. Heights. Volume 57 Number 2. Quezon City Philippines. 2009
  • Mapa. Tula. Heights. Volume 56 Number 2. Quezon City Philippines. 2008

SAMPLE WORKS

Pagdaan sa Kabulusan

Tila may katubusan akong
Hinahanap pagdaan dito ng aking bus.
Nakahilera ang magkakapit-balikat
Na barung-barong

Na nakatanghod sa itim
Na estero ng lungsod.
Naka-plakard ang kanilang
Maghapong-magdamag-segu-segundong

Paghihirap sa bawat lawit na dingding
Na lawanit. Nakasampay
Ang kanilang protesta
(Hindi sa hari, hindi sa pari)

Sa bawat lubid ng alambre.
Habang ako, panandaliang
Nakasakay sa bus, patungo
Sa sarili kong Kabulusan,

Sa aking bababaan,
Sa sarili kung pananahan.
Hinahanap ko ang kalubusan
Ng paghihirap at paglalakbay.

Naghahangad ako ng katubusan
Ng lahat ng paghihirap at paglalakbay.

Diona sa Diyos

Lahat ay nahuhulog
Bulalakaw o unos,
Inuulos ang moog

Ng aking pananalig.
Naiwang nakatirik
Itong posteng naliglig

Ng aking alinlangan.
Di ko maintindihan,
Parang may kahulugan.

Pagkatapos ng Baha

Binabanlawan ng isang deboto
Ang nasagip na santong rebulto.

Mula sa umaagos na tubig sa alulod,
Tila hinuhugasan niya ang karumihan

Nitong nagsaputik. Binihisan
Ng mga naisalbang damit ng anak.

Tila kinakausap niya ito at tinatanong.
Ngunit estatwa lamang itong nakatitig

Sa kawalan. Hindi marinig
Ang boses ng nawalan.

Isda

Kapag iniisip ko ang isda,
naiisip ko kung gaano kahirap
paksain ito sa tula. Matigas masyado
ang “S” at matapang ang tunog ng “D”.
Hindi, halimbawa kung sa Ingles,
swabe ang pagsabi ng fish.
Saka kapag naiisip ko ang isda,
naiisip ko ang lata ng Ligo,
ang sarsa nito na mapapabago
ang lasa, depende sa dinagdag
na bawang, toyo o suka.
O kaya iyong madalas na salitang
kaugnay kapag isda—galunggong,
tamban o tilapia. O kung anumang
mumurahing mabibili mula sa aplaya
at talipapa. Parang may tinik
sa lalamunan. Ewan. Kapag naiisip
ko ang isda, naalala ko ang ilan
kong mga tula tungkol sa hikahos.
Pero wala nang sakit sa lalamunan.
Natanggal na, hindi lang nang biglaang
pagsubo ng maraming kanin at pag-inom
ng maraming tubig. Siguro,
dahil may trabaho na ako. Lumalawak
ang bokabularyo sa iba pang isdang
higit na malinamnam. O siguro,
gaya kanina, bumili ng isdang
pangdekorasyon ang pinakamamahal ko,
dama ko ang ligaya niya para sa nilalang na ito.
Gusto ko kapag iniisip ko ang isda,
iniisip ko siya at ang kanyang walang-
hanggang ligaya habang pinagmamasdan
ang kaniyang alagang walang hanggang
paikot-ikot din sa kaniyang maliit na mundo.
Iniisip ko ang isang masayang tula, halimbawa.

Mapa

Isang dangkal lamang
ang pagitan natin

kanina habang iniiyak
mo ang pamamaalam

patungong Amerika. Natatandaan mo bang
isang dangkal din lamang

ang pagitan natin sa tuwing mag-aaral
tayong magkatabi sa Heograpiya

at Kasaysayan? At sa tuwing
ilalapat mo

ang mapa ay nararamdaman ko
ang pag-alon

ng iyong buhok patungo
sa dalampasigan

ng aking balikat. At sa tuwing
bibigkasin mo ang kabisera

ng mga bansa’y dumarampi
sa aking pisngi ang lamig

ng amihang nagmumula
sa iyong bibig. Nilalamig ako

hanggang ngayon. Alam mo bang
nahihirapan ang aking harayang

abutin ka habang inilalapat
ko ang kamay sa mapa? Gaano

kaya kalawak
ang isang dangkal

na papagitan
sa ating dalawa?

Olaguer, Valdemar

Valdemar Olaguer was born on April 5, 1922 in Manila. He was associate professor at the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, at the time of his death on December 26, 1970. He also taught at the Department of English, University of the East, before he transferred to Ateneo. Olaguer spent part of his boyhood in Bicol. Years later, he would finish his Bachelor of Arts in Ateneo de Manila in 1947, study on a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University, obtain his MA in literature from San Francisco State College, and garner major literary awards, including a Palanca, 3rd prize in poetry, in 1965, and 2nd prize in 1966, for untitled collections of verses. The 1966 collection was included in Polotan’s Anthology of Palanca winners, published in 1976. The poems there, together with others, are in Olaguer’s Masks for Heresy (1971). Published posthumously, it shared with Virginia Moreno’s Itim Asu the first prize ($1000) in a literary contest sponsored by SEATO in 1971-72. The title is from Olaguer’s “David.”

Ordoñez, Rogelio Lunasco

Rogelio Lunasco Ordoñez was born on September 24, 1940 in Imus, Cavite. He obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from Manuel L. Quezon University, and an MA in Mass Communications from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. A member and former head of the Cavite Press Club, Philippine Writers Academy, Pambansang Unyon ng Manunulat (PANULAT), and the Pambansang Linangan at Ugnayan ng mga Manunulat (PLUMA), Ordoñez has worked as secretary-general of the PUP Creative Writing Center, lecturer, and columnist.

Writing fiction in Filipino, Ordoñez has published his stories in Readings in Bilingual Contemporary Philippine Literature (1978), Tenggara (1990), and the landmarkMga Agos sa Disyerto (1964). His novels include Apoy sa Madaling Araw (1964) and Limang Suwail (1963), co-authored with Efren Abueg, Rogelio Sicat, Edgardo Reyes and Eduardo Reyes.

Obenieta, Michael

Michael Obenieta writes poetry and prose in both Cebuano and English. In addition to having been a fellow for English poetry in the Dumaguete, UP and Iligan workshops, Myke has published at least 100 poems as well as feature articles in various international, national and local anthologies and magazines, including the Free Press, Graphic, Panorama, Inquirer, Home Life, Bisaya, Write.Hop: New Writers Speak Up and Mantala (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), Likhaan Best in Philippine Poetry and Fiction 1996 and 1997 (UP Press), Caracoa: Heroes and History Centennial Issue (Philippine Literary Arts Council), In Search of Heroes  (Filipino Foundation, Inc.), The Poem and the World (Washington Press) and The Best of Youngblood (Anvil Publishing).

The most recent honors accorded to him are a place in the Bathalad Hall of Fame, for winning 1st Prize in Cebuano poetry five times in various competitions, and a writing grant for the NCCA-sponsored UBOD New Authors Series, for a book of Cebuano poems titled Iring-Iring Sa Tingbitay Sa Iro. He has been recognized as the Most Creative Editor in the 2005 Inhouse Awards of Sun Star Cebu, and for his work in the same publication has been nominated for Best in Column Writing in the Catholic Mass Media Awards of the same year. He is now president of Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang Bathalad )a group of Cebuano writers in the Visayas and Mindanao, and is publisher of BISIBIS (Balak, Inigmat, Sugilanon, ug Inigat sa Bisdak), a quarterly Cebuano literary folio. More of his works may be viewed at A Habit of Harbors and Beso Bisdak .

Osorio, Migen L.

Migen L. Osorio was born on 17 March 1945 in Cebu. She has an AB English, from the UP, 1967 and AB, Fine Arts, Philippine Women’s University. She was a fellow at the Silliman and UP Writers Workshops. She was also a graduate student in psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her novel, Come Down, Louella, was serialized in Fina magazine from 1980 to 1982.

Osorio is also a painter and has had three solo exhibits.

O’ Hara, Mario

Isinilang noong 19 Abril 1946 sa Zamboanga, Mindanao si Mario O’ Hara. Isa siyang premyadong director, prodyuser at manunulat ng pelikulang Filipino. Ang kaniyang pelikula noong 2004, Babae sa Breakwater, ay nagtampok sa usapin ng kahirapan sa Maynila at nagtagumpay sa panlasa ng mga kritiko. Bilang manunulat ng dulang pampelikula, napabantog siya sa Lumuha Pati Mga Anghel (1971), Cadena de Amor (1971),Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (Hello Soldier, 1974), Mortal (1975), Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (1976), Insiang (1976), Rubia Servios (1978) Kasal (1980), Kastilyong Buhangin (1980), Babae sa Bubungang Lata (1988), Sisa (1998), at Pangarap ng Puso (2000). Bilang direktor ng pelikula, napatanyag siya sa Mortal (1975), Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (1976), Bulaklak ng City Jail (1984), Bed Sins(1985), Sindak (1999), at Pangarap ng Puso (2000). Bilang manunulat ng dulang pantanghalan, ang kanyang Ang Palasyo ni Valentin ay nagwagi ng unang gantimpala sa National Centennial Literary Contest, Kategoryang Zarzuela noong 1998. Nakamit niya ang 1984 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director para sa Bulaklak ng City Jail; 1995 Urian Awards for Best Director para sa Fatima Buen Story; 2000 Young Critics’ Award for Best Director para sa Sisa; at ng 2000 Young Critics’ Award for Best Screenplay para sa Sisa.

Ordoñez, Elmer Alindugan

Elmer Alindugan Ordoñez was born on December 15, 1929 in Juban, Sorsogon. He obtained his BA and MA in English from the University of the Philippines, his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1963, and post doctoral studies from Oxford University-London in 1966. He has been professor of English, associate for literary criticism at the UP Creative Writing Center, and chairperson for projects of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Ordoñez edited Introduction to Literature (1974) and Festschriften: Leopoldo Y. Yabes: A Memorial Volume (1985). He has also published a number of books, including Early Joseph Conrad (1969) and The Other View: Notes on Philippine Writing and Culture (1989).

Ong, Charlson L.

Charlson L. Ong , resident fellow of the Institute of Creative Writing and fictionist/scriptwriter/singer extraordinaire, was born on July 6, 1960. He obtained an A.B. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1977, and currently teaches literature and creative writing under UP’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. He has joined several writers’ workshops here and abroad, and has acquired numerous grants and awards for his fiction, including the Palanca, Free Press, Graphic, Asiaweek, National Book Award, and the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award for Excellence. His novel, Embarrassment of Riches published by UP Press in 2002, won the Centennial Literary Prize. In addition to this, Ong has served as co-editor of the Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction.

His short stories range from parodies of well-loved Filipino texts to insightful treatments of Chinese-Filipino culture. These have been collected into Men of the East and Other Stories (1990 and 1999), Woman of Am-Kaw and Other Stories(1993),  Conversion and Other Fictions (1996), Banyaga: A Song of War(2007, Anvil) and Blue Angel, White Shadow (2010, UST).

He is a bachelor based in Mandaluyong City.