Pandan, Jr., Raymundo

Raymundo T. Pandan Jr. was born in Bacolod City, Philippines, on October 28, 1961. He was Valedictorian of his High School Class at the La Salle Bacolod High School in 1979. Greatly aided by an Insular Life Educational Foundation scholarship, he studied at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Guidon, the school’s newspaper. He graduated from theAteneo de Manila University in 1983 (AB Economics) and then went on to finish his law course at the top of his class at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (1989, Magna Cum Laude). He passed the 1989 bar examinations and has practiced law for 28 years. He was also a Fulbright Institute Fellow in American Culture at Duke University in 1996.

He was Dean of the College of Law of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City from 1998 to 2010, where he is presently legal counsel and continues to teach several law subjects. He continues to do pro bono legal and advocacy work in human rights and the environment for the University. He has beenChairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Scholastica’s Academy, also in Bacolod City, for the last 14 years.

He has been in the active practice of law for 28 years, specializing in eminent domain, agrarian reform and labor cases, and is a partner in the Valencia Valencia Ciocon Pandan Rubica Rubica and Garcia LawOffices, Bacolod’s biggest law firm with 17 lawyers.

He has published his poetry in several national journals and publications, such as Focus Philippines, Philippine Panorama, Mithi, Caracoa, Versus, Philippine Studies, Sands & Coral, Raison d’Etre, Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry, The Philippine Free Press, The Iyas Anthology, Bloodlust and the e-zines ppbPoetryPages, the electronic monsoon magazine and Asia Writesand his fiction in Focus Philippines and Handurao. His first book of poetry, Days of Grace: Selected Poems and New, 1984-2002 was a Finalist for the 2005 National Book Award.

He was a fellow at the 1984 University of the Philippines Writers Workshop and the 1984 Silliman University Writers Workshop and Senior Fellow at the University of St. La Salle Iyas Creative WritingWorkshop (2003). He was on the teaching panel of the renamed Iyas National Writers’ Workshop in

2006 and was its Project Director and Panelist in 2016 and 2018. In February, 2010, he was a delegate to the 2nd Philippine International Writers Festival in Cebu City. He is currently a member of the Philippine PEN.

He won Third Prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (English Poetry) in 2006 withhis collection, “Illuminations and Sonorities” and also Third Prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (English Poetry for Children) in 2012 with his collection, “The Ocelot and Other Poems.” His poem “An Explanation” received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2007 Meritage Press Holiday Poetry Contest.

In 2015, he won the inaugural Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel for “When Will This War End?”

He is also a social historian, having authored Land of Plenty, Land of Want, a social history of Negros Occidental. He has published works on agrarian reform and the sugar industry and has done research on alternative dispute resolution, democracy, local governance, health care and the environment. He was theResearch Director of the Supreme Court’s JURIS Project on mediation from 2004 to 2008.

He is married to the former Sally Dy, with whom he has three children, Anton, Raisa and Andre. Anton is married to Rowena, and has three children, Dean, Pep and Isabel.

List of Works

1. Bloodlust: Philippine Protest Poetry (from Marcos to Duterte) [published by Reyes Publishing, 2017];

2. When Will this War End? (Winner of the 2015 Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel) [unpublished]; 3. The Iyas Anthology [published by USLS Press, 2013];

4. Under the Storm: An Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry [published by the .MOV International Film, Music, & Literature Festival, 2011];

5. Days of Grace, Selected Poems and New, 1984-2002, 2005 (Finalist, Poetry Category, 2006 National Book Awards, Philippines) [published by USLS Press, 2005];

6. Protest [published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1994];

7. Versus: Philippine Protest Poetry [published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1988].

Peña, Romeo

Si Romeo Palustre Peña o Rom Peña ay makata, nobelista, kuwentista at mananaliksik na tubong Bondoc Peninsula (Catanauan) sa Lalawigan ng Quezon. Nagtapos siya ng MAF Malikhaing Pagsulat sa UP Diliman at AB Filipinolohiya sa PUP. Napiling fellow sa UST National Writers Workshop (2008), UP-DFPP Palihang Rogelio Sicat (2009), Iligan Writers Workshop (2010) at Iyas Writing Workshop (2011). Naparangalan ang mga akda niya sa mga timpalak pampanitikan sa Pilipinas at Japan. Nailathala rin ang kaniyang mga akda sa mga antolohiya ng tula, kuwento at sanaysay sa loob at labas ng bansa. Ang nobela niyang Isang One Dalawang Zero ay inilathala ng Visprint taong 2018. Tinatapos niya ang PhD Philippine Studies Major sa Panitikan sa UP Diliman at kasalukuyan siyang nagtuturo ng panitikan, malikhaing pagsulat, araling kultural at pananaliksik sa PUP habang pinamumunuan ang PUP Center for Social History na isa sa mga research center ng unibersidad. Nagtungo siya sa Kagoshima University sa Japan para sa Special Study on Japanese Language and Culture noong 2016.


Isang One Dalawang Zero (Nobela). Pasay City: Visprint, Inc. 2018.

The Culture in Filipino Novels in the Early 21st Century in the Philippines (Essay). In M. Salmawy (Ed.), Lotus: Journal of Writers Union of Africa Asia and Latin America. Cairo, Egypt: Writers Union of Africa Asia and Latin America. 2017.

The Grandson of the Bayawak (Short Story). In M. Salmawy (Ed.), Lotus: Journal of Writers Union of Africa Asia and Latin America. Cairo, Egypt: Writers Union of Africa Asia and Latin America. 2016.

Mulang Bondoc Peninsula Patungong Maynila, Mulang Maynila Pabalik ng Bondoc Peninsula at Iba Pang mga Tula (Mga Tula). In Sagupa: Antolohiya ng mga Tula. Maynila: PUP Press. 2016.

Espongha (Kuwento). In R. Tolentino & R. Rodriguez (Eds.), Like/Unlike: Kwentong Facebook Status at Politika ng Agam-agam. Mandaluyong City: Flipside Publishing. 2014.

Villanelle sa Hita (Tula). Liwayway Magazine, 2010, Oktubre 18. p. 2.

Isem (Tula). Liwayway Magazine, 2010, Setyembre 27.  p. 2.

Laging May Anyaya ang Dilim (Tula). Liwayway Magazine, 2010, Setyembre 6.  p. 2.

Penones Jr., Francisco

Francisco V. Penones Jr. is an award-winning poet and journalist. He is also a visual artist,  an indie-film actor and civil society organization leader engaged in sustainable development and heritage preservation advocacies.  He is a member of the National Committee on Literary Arts representing Southern Luzon in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, a member of the Board of the Philippine Chapter of the International PEN, and the national Board of Trustees of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement.  He is the editor of  Bikol Reporter weekly newspaper, and Correspondent of the Manila Times.

His books include P.I., and  Cancion nin mga Tawong Lipod, both published by the Ateneo de Naga University Press in 2014; Hagong: An Anthology of Contemporary Bikol Fiction (co-edited with Paz Verdades Santos) which won a National Book Award in 2013; Sinaraysay: Halo-halong Blog nin Buhay (with Rizaldy Manrique and Judith Balares-Salamat, 2011); and Ragang Rinaranga (Beloved Land, 2006).

He earned his AB-Political Science from the Ateneo de Naga University, his M.A. in Teaching Literature from the De La Salle University as a CHED Scholar; and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Jose State University in California as an International Ford Foundation Fellow.


  • Operation Uhaw (flash fiction) GIROK: erotica/Marissa Redburn, Estelito B. Jacob, Honesto M. Pesimo (eds), KABULIG BIKOL INC., 2017.
  • Kwarto Tyempo & Adtu Punok na Dukesa ko sa Kabaong (poems), GIROK: erotica/Marissa Redburn, Estelito B. Jacob, Honesto M. Pesimo (eds), KABULIG BIKOL INC., 2017.
  • Escort (fiction). Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Philippine Stories. Kurata v hadi kleci (Chicks in the Snake’s Cage), Silvie Mitlenerova & Jaroslav Osla Jr., (eds), 2017.
  • Tito Sarte Sarion On The Go: His Story & Daet’s Transformation (a biography), BICOL AHEAD,2016.
  • Bamboo Song, Verses Typhoon Yolanda, Eileen R. Tabios (ed), Meritage Press, 2014.

Peñaranda, Victor Jose

Victor Jose Peñaranda (Bimboy) is a poet, writer-researcher, and community development practitioner.

He has three poetry collections in English: Voyage in Dry Season (Sipat Publishing), Pilgrim in Transit (Anvil Publishing), and Lucid Lightning (UST Publishing). His works, poetry and prose, have appeared in several anthologies.

He received awards for his poetry from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation for Literature (1985), Manila Critics Circle (1995), Philippine Free Press Award (2007), Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (2014), and Philippines Graphic’s Nick Joaquin Literary Awards (2015).

He started writing poems in Waray, the native language of his parents, in 2014. He revived his interest in writing fiction in 2016. His fields of research are on mysticism and on local history.

His engagement in community development started in the 1980s with civil society organizations in the Philippines. He travelled to various parts of the archipelago during assignments. While working for an international development organization, he was deployed for several years in the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of Macedonia.

Peñaranda was born in Manila in 1953. He is married and has three children.

Peña-Reyes, Myrna

Myrna Peña-Reyes was born in 1938 to schoolteacher parents in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. Her family spent the World War II years in the jungles of Mindanao where her mother passed away when she was only four years old. After the war, her family (including a younger brother) moved to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental where she completed her elementary, high school, and college education. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon where she met her husband, poet William T. Sweet. For several years, she was on the faculty of the Department of English and Literature at Silliman University and the Silliman National Writers Workshop. In Edugene, Oregon, where she and her husband now reside, she has taught college classes; was co-owner of a grocery store and a bookstore; worked in an office supplies shop; and is presently a book buyer for a bookstore. [From the book River Singing Stone ]

She has one book of poems entitled The River Singing Stone, published by Anvil in 1994.

Perez, Tony

Tony Perez was born on 31 March 1951 in San Fernando, Pampanga. He is a fictionist and playwright in English and Filipino, lyricist, visual artist, and clinical therapist; psychic trainer and adviser to the Spirit Questors, a group of young psychic volunteers he brought together in 1996. He conducts workshops in magic, shamanism, psychic powers, dreamwork and dream analysis. Among his works are the Tatlong Paglalakbay trilogy [ Bombita, Biyaheng Timog, and Sa North Diversion Road ], Oktubre, Noong Tayo’y Nagmamahalan PaNoong Akala Mo’y Mahal Kita; the musicals Florante at Laura and Sa Pugad ng Adarna; Cacho Publishing House’s Cubao series and Anvil’s transpersonal psychology series which includes The Calling: A Transpersonal AdventureMga Panibagong Kulam, and Mga Panibagong Tawas.


He is based in Cubao, Quezon City.

Pamintuan, Jema M.

JEMA M. PAMINTUAN graduated with a degree in BS Economics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and is currently finishing her PhD in Philippine Studies. She is a full-time faculty member of the Kagawaran ng Filipino, Ateneo de Manila University, and Associate Director of the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices. Her collection of poetry entitled Bunton-Buntong Hininga has been published by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts as part of the Ubod New Authors Series. Some of her critical essays appeared in Bulawan: Journal of Philippine Arts and Culture, Humanities Diliman, Plaridel, and Philippine Studies, Last 2006, she was a recipient of the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings “New Stars: A New Generation of Filipina Writers.”

Patindol, Jean Lee C.

JEAN LEE C. PATINDOL is a twice-awarded grand prize winner of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) Alfrredo Navarro Salanga Prize for Children’s Literature for Papa’s House, Mama’s House (2004; Adarna) and Tight Times (2007; Adarna). She has recently gone international with her third book, My One-Boobed Mamma (Living Waters, USA; 2008).


She is based in University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

Peralta, Gerardo Navera

Gerardo Navera Peralta was born on July 15, 1957 in Manila. He has a Master of Arts degree in Communication, major in Broadcast, UP College of Mass Communication Diliman. He is a free-lance voice-over talent/announcer and speech consultant. He has published works in The Bicol Reporter.

Pobre, Federico Pasibe

Federico Pasibe Pobre was born on April 3, 1937 in Ilagan, Isabela, to a family of teachers. He studied in the public schools in his hometown; at Isabela High, he dreamed of becoming a priest. In a national Biographical Essay Writing Contest sponsored by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, he won a one-year scholarship at MLQU. He also studied at the University of the Philippines. On both campuses, he was known as an orator, student leader, and poet. He was a member of the UP Dramatics Guild and a contributing editor/columnist of PC. He organized the National Students’ League of the Philippines in 1960.

At various times, he was supplement editor of the Evening News and editor of theCagayan Valley Tribune, Youth Clubber, UP Forum, Forest Echo, and Pasay Examiner . He worked for the provincial government of Isabela as mass media communications officer, and journalist then became correspondent for the Manila Bulletin. His poems have been collected into Tears of Summer, with introduction by Alejandrino G. Hufana (Labrador Publishing Co., 1965). He passed away on February 8, 2004.