Santiago, Jess

Jesus M. Santiago (aka Jess Santiago) is a freelance book designer, editor and translator. He is married to Lilia Quindoza Santiago, Ph.D., fiction writer, poet and professor of literature at the University of the Philippines.

He was musical director of Lino Brocka’s Kapit sa Patalim, Grand Prize winner at the British Film Festival in 1984. His poems and song have been published in national and international magazines, textbooks, and anthologies. Several of his songs and poems have been translated into other Philippine languages as well as into English, German, Dutch, French, Japanese, Nepalese, Tamil, Indonesians, Thai, Korean and Portuguese.

He was declared “Poet of the Year” for two consecutive years (1978, 1979) by the Institute (now Commission) of National Language. He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Literary Contest, and the Palihang Aurelio V. Tolentino Playwriting Contest.

His book, Gitara: Poems/Mga Tula 1975-1985, came out in 1997 while his Filipino translation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was released by Sentro ng Wikang Filipino in 2003.

In 2002 he received the “Gawad Nuno ng Tbak sa Kaliwagan” from the Tbak Foundation in recognition of his contribution through songs and poetry to the enlightenment of the Filipino people during the Martial law regime.

Santiago has just recently finished his research, “The Song as Venue for Developmental Education and People’s Advocacy in Okinawa, Chiangmai and Yogyakarta,” as a fellow of the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowship Program (2005-2006).

Sicat-Cleto, Luna

Si Luna Sicat-Cleto ay nagtuturo ng Malikhaing Pagsulat at Panitikan sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman. Awtor siya ng Makinilyang Altar (UP Press, 2003) at ng Mga Prodigal (Anvil, 2010). Nitong 2018, nailathala niya ang kanyang kuleksiyon ng mga tula sa Bago Mo Ako Ipalaot (High Chair). Siya rin ang patnugot ( katuwang si Rolando Tolentino) ng Sapantaha: Kalipunan ng mga Kuwentong Spekulatibo at Imahinatibo (UP Press, 2017) at ng Kapag Sumalupa ang Gunita: Mga Piling Journal Entries ni Rogelio Sicat (Ateneo de Naga, 2018). Fellow siya ng UP Institute of Creative Writing at kasalukuyang Vice Head ng Literary Arts sa National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Sanchez, Anna Felicia C.

Anna Felicia C. Sanchez is the author of How to Pacify a Distraught Infant: Stories (2017), published by the UP Press, and Frog Leap & Other Stories (2005), a chapbook published under the first NCCA Ubod New Authors Series. A number of her stories have won prizes in the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, Free Press, and Palanca literary awards. As Anna Ishikawa, Sanchez wrote the novellas Odd Girl Out (2006), Glamour Games (2007), and Where Your Dreams Come True (2008). An alumna of the UP, Silliman, and Iligan national writers workhops, she finished her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where she teaches literature and creative writing.

Sarigumba, Che

Bata pa lamang ay kinahiligan na ni Che Sarigumba ang pagbabasa at nangarap na isang araw, makikita niya ang kanyang pangalan sa libro.

Sa edad na twenty-three ay nagkaroon siya ng pagkakataong sumali sa story writing contest ng National Book Development Board at nanalo ng first prize ang kanyang novel entry na “Puso pa rin ang Nagpasiya”.

Isa siyang aktibong miyembro ng grupo ng mga manunulat na itinatag ni National Artist F. Sionil Jose—ang Philippine Center of the International Pen (Poets and Playwrights, Essayist, Novelist).

Nahumaling din siya sa mga tula at pinalad na makapasok sa Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo noong 2010. Isa rin siya sa napiling fellow sa 2018 UP National Writer’s Workshop for mid-career authors.
Naiimbitahan din siyang magturo sa mga unibersidad upang maibahagi ang kanyang kaalaman sa pagsulat at pamamahayag.

Anim na taon na siyang Travel and Lifestyle editor ng Pilipino Mirror at literary reviewer in Filipino sa Philippines Graphic magazine.

Isa sa kanyang mga isinulat na nobela ay ang Puso pa rin ang Nagpasiya na inilimbag ng Vibal Publishing ng taong 2017.

Salud, Joel

Joel Pablo Salud started his career as editorial assistant and, later on, writer and journalist for the Manila Standard and The Manila Times a little over three decades ago.

Today, Salud is the author of three books—a collection of short fiction, The Distance of Rhymes and Other Tragedies, and two collections of political essays,Blood Republic and The Chief is in the House.

He has sat as juror for the country’s most prestigious journalism and literary awards, namely the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards, the National Book Development Board-Manila Critics Circle National Book Awards, the F. Sionil José Young Writers Prize, the Bright Leaf Journalism awards, and the Quill Awards.

He is the recipient of fellowships from the 53rd University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop for Mid-Career Authors, and recently the Jaime V. Ongpin Excellence in Journalism. He is also a member of the Philippine Center for International PEN, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and the Manila Critics Circle.

For the last six years, he’s been actively doing the rounds of the country’s top colleges and universities as lecturer on Journalism Ethics, Creative Writing, and other subjects. He was also invited to speak during the annual Philippine Center for International PEN Congress, Union of Writers of the Philippines Congress, and the Philippine International Literary Festival.

He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Philippines Graphic magazine, the longest running political and literary newsweekly in the country.

WORKS

As Author

The Chief is in the House (Collection of Essays), University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015

Blood Republic (Collection of Political Essays), Philippines Graphic Publications, Inc., 2013

The Distance of Rhymes and Other Tragedies (Collection of Short Fiction), University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013

 

As Contributor (Anthologies)

Bloodlust: Philippine Protest Poetry (From Marcos to Duterte), Alfred A. Yuson and Gémino Abad (Editors), Reyes Publishing, 2017

Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology, Dean Francis Alfar (Editor), Kestrel DDM and Flipside Publishing, 2014, “Godsend,” 2014

Under the Storm: Anthology of Contemporary Philippine Poetry, Khavn de la Cruz & Joel Toledo (Editors), International Film, Music, & Literature Festival, 2011, “Meandering” p. 273

 

 

SyGaco, Sonia

Sonia B. SyGaco is a Mass Communication graduate, magna cum laude from Silliman University and holds a master’s degree in creative writing in the same school. She finished her doctoral studies in English Language Studies at Silliman University last March 2016.
She was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Jollibee Gawad Lampara, YMCA Outstanding Student, and Silliman University’s Leadership Award. For her exemplary leadership and dedication, she was given the 2013 Faculty Merit Award by Silliman University.
She was among the 2010 winners of the My Favorite Book Contest sponsored by the National Bookstore, won second place in the Dark Blue Southern Seas poetry division, a finalist in the 2013 International Haiku Capoloveri in Italy, and 3rd Place in the 20th Kusamakura International Haiku Competition in Japan in 2015.
To date, she has authored Writing Techniques in Creative Nonfiction (Textbook), Through the Looking Glass: Trends, Networks, & Critical Thinking in the 21st Century (Textbook), Tales from the Wordsmith (Short Story Collection), Seventeen Syllables of Love (Poetry Collection) and co-authored

The Saliling Tale of the Ulahingan Epic, One Act Musical Play and Communication in the Changing Times (Textbook). Her creative works had been published in several countries and was a writing fellow of the Iligan National Writers and Faigao Workshops.

She currently teaches and the chair of the Speech & Theatre Arts Department, College of Performing & Visual Arts at Silliman University in the Philippines.

WORKS

Books

  • Writing Techniques in Creative Nonfiction, Great Books Publishing, Manila, Philippines 2017.
  • Through the Looking Glass: Trends, Networks. & Critical Thinking in the 21st Century., Great Books Publishing, Manila, Philippines 2017.
  • Tales from the Wordsmith (Collection of Short Stories) – Author, Great Books Publishing, Manila, Philippines 2014.
  • Seventeen Syllables of Love (Haiku Poetry Collection)- Author, CreateSpace Amazon, Oct. 2013.

Co-author

  • The Saliling Tale of the Ulahingan Epic, One Act Musical Play, Co-playwright
    Silliman University Press, March 2016.
  • Communication in the Changing Times- Book Coordinator & Chapter Author, Mutya Publishing House, Philippines, July 2013.

Solano, John Patrick

Si John Patrick F. Solano ay nakatira sa San Mateo, Rizal. Nagtapos siya ng kursong Applied Mathematics sa Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at kasalukuyang kumukuha ng M.A. Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman.
Noong 2016, ang koleksyon niya ng mga tulang pambatang may pamagat na Tiniklop-tiklop na Bugtong ay nagkamit ng Ikalawang Gantimpala sa Kategoryang Tula Para sa mga Bata sa 66th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
Siya ay naging fellow ng Angono Summer Writers Workshop at Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop: Palihan sa Panitikang Pambata sa Lungsod ng Baguio noong 2014. Natanggap din siya bilang fellow ng Palihang Rogelio Sicat 10 sa Tacloban, Leyte ngayong 2017.

LIST OF WORKS

  • Math and Me, Youngblood, Opinion Section, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2 February 2017.
  • Tiniklop-tiklop na Bugtong, Kataga 2 Anthology, 15 October 2016.
  • Chicha-rabao/ Kulasisi/ Uod (mga tula), Ani 39, Literary Journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, 23 September 2016.
  • Life That Leaves a Mark, Youngblood, Opinion Section, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 27 January 2014.
  • Hayop na Pag-ibig!, poem collection published in Liwayway Magazine, 11 August 2013.
  • Daydream, poem published in Philippine Panorama Magazine, 22 July 2012.
  • Puzzle Sleuthing, Weekly Winner in My Favorite Book Essay Contest, Philippine Star, 27 May 2012.

Sánchez, Louie Jon

Louie Jon A. Sánchez teaches writing, literature, popular culture, and television studies at the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.  He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with high distinction, from the De La Salle University-Manila, where he is also a candidate for a PhD in Literature. He has won prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, Catholic Mass Media Awards, and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s Talaang Ginto Poetry Contest, where he holds the distinction of winning the “Makata ng Taon” title thrice (2006, 2009, 2011). He finished his AB major in Journalism from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas. He has a website: https://louiejonasanchez.com.

LIST OF WORKS

  • Aralín at Siyasat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, forthcoming), criticism
  • Pagkahaba-haba Man ng Prusisyon (University of the Philippines Press, 2016), creative nonfiction
  • Kung Saan sa Katawan (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), poetry in Filipino, Finalist, National Book Awards
  • At Sa Tahanan ng Alabok (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2010), poetry in Filipino, Finalist, Madrigal Gonzales First Book Awards

Santos, Rolando F.

Si Rolando F. Santos ay  naging tagapagtatag at tagapangulo ng Creative Productions Committee, Artista para sa Kultura at Dalumat ng Bayan (akdang_bayan); naging pangalawang pangulo ng Katha Young Fictionists Collective; naging board member ng Galian sa Arte at Tula (GAT) at Pambansang Unyon ng mga Manunulat (PANULAT); Miyembro ng National Committee on the Literary Arts – National Commission on the Culture and the Arts (NCLA-NCCA); Literary Operator ng Bugkos – National Center for People’s Art and Culture.

Kabubunsod noong Agosto 2005 ng CD-book niyang Byahe (nobeleta + short film na Last Trip tampok sina Beverly Siy at Abet Umil); unang aklatn niya ay Arrhythmia: Maiikling Kwento (Kalikasan Press; 1990). Si Olan din ang pinakabatang kuwentista sa Katha na naglunsad ng sariling koleksiyon; naging kapatnugot ng Habilin (Katha/Kalikasan Press) at Hasaan sa Bagong Dekada (GAT/Kalikasan Press); nalathala ang mga kuwento niya, tula at sanaysay sa iba’t ibang antolohiya, magasin at pahayagan kabilang ang Alagwa at Impetú (Katha), Ani (CCP), Diyaryo Filipino, National Midweek, Pahayag, Bisig, atbp. 

Mula 1990 hanggang 1996, tatlong beses siyang nagwagi sa Palanca sa dulang pantelebisyon; nagwagi ng labingwalo pang gantimpala sa Gawad Galian, Gantimpalang Ani, Gawad Carlos Bulosan at Gawad Ka Amado para sa maikling kwento, tula, sanaysay, dula at kanta; tinanghal din siya ng Kalikasan Press bilang “Most Versatile Writer” noong 1992. 

Siya ay dating scriptwriter ng mga dramang pantelebisyon sa ilalim ng batikang direktor gaya nina Mel Chionglo, Gil Portes, Lupita Kashiwahara, Soxy Topacio, atbp. 

Ipinanganak noong Nobyembre 13, 1966 sa Maynila; may asawa at tatlong dalaginding; nakatira ngayon sa San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

Manunulat din ang kanyang kapatid na si Aida F. Santos.

Sanchez, Wilfredo Pascua

Wilfredo Pascua Sanchez, alias Willybog, was born on October 19, 1944 in Victoria, Tarlac. He grew up in a string of places from Manila to Cotabato and the Cordilleras where he visited his farmer relatives. From 1960 to 1967, while a student at the UP, he began to publish poems and stories in the national magazines, winning many awards. He was editor of The Literary Apprentice and co-editor of The Progressive Review. He also worked briefly as a reporter for UPI, scripted a number of plays for TV, and wrote an essay on Nick Joaquin which won the Carlos P. Romulo Award in 1964. Shortly after graduating from UP with an AB English in 1967, he taught at Laguna College in San Pablo City. December 1971, he migrated to the United States. After two and a half years in New York, he moved back to Chicago where he carried on as a businessman and self-styled gambling aficionado. In 1997, he revisited the Philippines after an absence of over two decades. Since then, he has begun work on a short fictional project to be called After Magellan. He lives with his wife, Maria Teresa Quijano, in Hoffman Estates, northwest of Chicago, Illinois.

He has published no recent work, but some translations of plays into Tagalog have won acclaim, and his poems and stories have appeared in various anthologies, among them, Santaromana’s Sinaglahi (1975), Villa’s Doveglion Book of Philippine Poetry (1962; 1975), and Francia’s Brown River, White Ocean (1993). He lives with his wife, Maria Teresa Quijano, in Hoffman Estates, northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Pascua Sanchez has a number of awards, among them, the Palanca 2nd prize for poetry in 1971 for Five Poems and in 1975 for Adarna: Six Poems from a Larger Corpus, and the Free Press 3rd prize in 1962 for his short story, Moon under My Feet [in Francisco Arcellana, ed., Philippine PEN Anthology of Short Stories 1962 , International PEN, Philippine Chapter, 1962: 178-184].