Yapan, Alvin B.

Si Alvin Yapan o Vim Yapan ay isang premyadong kuwentista sa Filipino. Kabilang sa kanyang mga publikasyon ang Sangkatauhan Sangkahayupan(2017 National Book Award, Maikling Kuwento ). Isa rin siyang manlilikha ng pelikula, kabilang na rito ang Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa(2011), EDSA(2016) at Oro (2016). Nagkamit siya ng doktorado sa Araling Pilipino (Philippine Studies) sa Unibersidad ng Piliipinas. Kasalukuyan siyang nagtuturo sa Kagawaran ng Filipino, Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila.

Yap, Januar E.

Januar E. Yap was born in Cebu City, Philippines. He currently teaches at the University of the Philippines Cebu College of Communication, Art and Design. He also edits and writes for SunStar Cebu. He was a fellow to the 67th UP National Writers’ Workshop and the National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City. His short stories in Cebuano won in the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His works, which include shorts stories and poetry in English and Cebuano, have appeared in various anthologies.


  • “Liboa’g Usa Ka Hugon-hugon Kabahin sa Tagulilong” (A Thousand and One Speculations on the Fugitive). Won third prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature under the Cebuano short story category.
  • “The Surge.” (Short story in English). Philippine PEN Journal 2014. http://www.philippinepen.ph/Journal.pdf
  • “Lugar Lang” (Poetry). Sands and Corals 2013. Silliman University.
  • “Place.” (Short story). The Silliman Journal 2013. Silliman University.
  • “Kining sabaw sa diwit-diwit.” (Poetry). Sa Atong Dila: Introduction to Visayan Literature (2013). Edited by Merlie Alunan.
  • “Us aka Adlaw sa Presinto ni SPO2 Disconcerto: Imbestigasyon kabahin sa akong pagpangulata sa us aka pastor sa Ginoo.” (Poetry in Cebuano) Pasumbingay: Anthology of Contemporary Cebuano Poetry (2014). Bathalad Inc.
  • “Konsepto sa Nasuhito.” (Poetry in Cebuano). Pasumbingay: Anthology of Contemporary Cebuano Poetry (2014). Bathalad Inc.

Yap, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Pascual Yap finished A.B. Philosophy at San Beda College, Manila and M.A. English Studies, major in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He became a fellow of national writers’ workshops such as Iyas National Writers Workshop, Kritika Workshop, and J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop on Cultural Criticism. He has taught Philippine Literature in English and published short stories and essays in the Philippines and abroad such as the Queer Southeast Asia Literary Journal and Talas Cultural Education Research Journal. He has won awards for his adapted screenplays and travel essay.

List of Works

Queer Southeast Asia Journal: A Literary Journal of Transgressive Art, published the stories “The end is the beginning” and “Stout” in September 2016

The Sunday Times Magazine, published the story “Substratum” in December 2016

The Sunday Times Magazine, published the story “Diplomatic Relations” in October 2016

10 to 15 Articles for the Literature and Peoples Volume, CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art Revised Edition (to be published in September 2017)

Historical essay “Ysla de Binondo” for My Angkong’s Noodles edited by Clinton Palanca, October 2014

Iyas Anthology, published the short story “Inhibited” in September 2013

The Philippines Graphic, published the short story “A Strange Behavior” in May 2007

CCP ANI 31, published the short story “The Great Escape” in August 2005

Ylagan, Hermogenes

Hermogenes Ylagan earned the accolade “Father of Tagalog Zarzuela” and “Father of Philippine Zarzuela.”

He was born in Bigaa (now Balagtas), Bulacan on 19 April 1873 and passed away on 27 February 1943 because of coronary thrombosis. Singing became one of Ylagan’s early preoccupation in his childhood. Endowed with a fine tenor voice, he became tiple and leading singer of the church choir in his hometown.

A parish priest of Sta. Cruz, Manila who said mass in Bigaa, discovered his talent. After proper arrangements were made, the Ylagan family moved to Manila. Ylagan’s voice filled the reverent atmosphere of Sta. Cruz Church and his compensation came in the form of schooling at the Ateneo Municipal. But he was not to finish any degree. He was discovered by a Spanish zarzuela troupe. And from that time on, the Sta. Cruz Church gradually lost him to Philippine drama and theater.

The Spanish-American War erupted and the company returned to Spain. Ylagan thereafter began to germinate on Philippine soil the seeds of zarzuela which his pioneering spirit and inherent creative gifts nurtured. He pioneered in the production of zarzuelas. He had forty years involvement in this drama form. Philippine theater prospered, and in the hands of dramatists, most especially Ylagan, attained its blossoming into what is now referred to as the “Golden Age of Philippine Theater.”

In 1902, Ylagan organized a zarzuela company called Compania Lirico- Dramatica Tagala de Gatchalian y Ylagan, the very first of its kind, which later on was transformed simply into Compania Ylagan. Ylagan wrote and produced: Ang Buhay nga Naman, Ang Buwan ng Oktubre, Bill de Divorcio, Dahil kay Ina, Dalagang Bukid, Dalawang Hangal, Despues de Dios, el Dinero, Ilaw ng Katotohanan, Kagalingan ng Bayan, Venus (Ang Operang Putol), Wagas na Pag-ibig, Sangla ni Rita, isang Uno’t Cero, Centro Pericultura, Panarak ni Rosa (also known asPunyal ni Rosa), Lucha Electoral and many others.

From the output of plays and their effectiveness when produced on stage in many parts of the country, it was evident that Ylagan was both creative and productive. It was also a fact that he had a trenchant mastery of the human character with all its foibles and shortcomings. And these human vibrations, these pulses of the human fiber found ample manifestations in Ylagan’s zarzuelas which were melodramatic, comic, romantic, and sometimes, political.

From the first chapter of Hermogenes Ylagan: Father of Tagalog Zarzuela by Rustica C. Carpio (UST Publishing House, 2000).

Yee, Ernesto Superal

Ernesto Superal Yee was born on 29 October 1953 in Tanjay, Negros Oriental. He finished his BBA (major in management) and LLB at SU, and passed the bar in 1983. He was a fellow in the Silliman Writers Workshop, 1977 and was Clerk of Court V at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 32, Dumaguete Cit. He was also a part-time professor of Civil Law and Remedial Law at the College of Law, SU. He played the piano and also wrote fiction.

He passed away because of a heart attack last 23 May 2009 in Tanjay. 

Yuson, Alfred

Born on 23 February 1945 in Manila. (Also known as Krip Yuson.) He has authored 23 books, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, and children’s stories, apart from having edited various other titles. Yuson was conferred the Southeast Asia Write Award (SEA Write) in 1992 in Bangkok, and has been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippines‘ most prestigious literary distinction. He has frequently represented the Philippines in Literary conferences, festivals and reading tours in the United States, Japan, China, Finland, Scotland, Thailand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Columbia, and his works may be found in many international anthologies. 

Yuson is a founding member of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC), Creative Writing Foundation, Inc. and Manila Critics Circle, and was Chairman of Writers Union of the Philippines. His bibliography includes the poetry collections: Sea Serpent, (Monsoon Press, 1980), Trading in Mermaids (Anvil Publishing, Inc., 1993), Mothers Like Elephants (Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2000) Hairtrigger Loves: 50 Poems on Woman (University of the Philippines Press, 2002), and the translation, Love’s A Vice/ Bisyo ang Pag-ibig: Translations into English of 60 Poems by Mike L. Bigornia (National Commission for Culture at the Arts, 2004). Yuson currently writes a literature and culture column for The Philippines Star. He also teaches fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he held the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair in Creative Writing. His two novels, The Great Philippine Jungle Café and Voyeurs and Savages are studies of Philippine culture. Another novel, The Music Child, was among five works short listed for the second (2008) Man Asian Literary Prize.


He is also a board member of the MTRCB. He lives in Pasig City.