Zafra, Galileo S.

Galileo S. Zafra was born on October 15, 1968 in the city of Manila. He has a Doctorate in Philippine Literature. He is a Full Professor in the University of the Philippines Diliman Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikang Pilipino from which he graduated summa cum laude. Among his many awards and grants are “Pinakamahusay na Nailathalang Pananaliksik” and “Gintong Aklat Award” for Balagtasan: Kasaysayan at Antolohiya, UP Gawad Tsanselor, as well as various grants from prestigious organizations.

He is a member of the Young Critic’s Circle. He also works as a translator and editor. Zafra is currently based in Japan.

Zafra, Jessica

Jessica Zafra was born and raised in Manila. She attended St. Theresa’s College, Q.C., School, and the University of the Philippines, where she majored in Comparative Literature. Jessica is a three-time Palanca Award winner. Her first collection of short stories, Manananggal Terrorizes Manila, was published by Anvil in 1992. She has also hosted tv and radio shows.

She is the author of the “Twisted” books, The Word Eaters and 500 People You Meet In Hell.

She writes a column at

Zafaralla, Paul B.

Born on June 22, 1983 in Upon, Pinili, Ilocos Norte. He is a multilingual writer (Iluko, English, Filipino) on Ilocano and Philippine culture and the arts for the past 51 years. His outlets are BannawagRima, Iluko anthologies, lectures, English broadsheets, popular and professional magazines, journals, and classrooms. He enjoys regional, national and international recognitions for his incisive and scholarly critiques. The Association of the Philippines gave him a special cognition for his body of published works in 1971. This was followed by numerous official participation in national and ASEAN congresses on arts and aesthetics, in many of which as a paper reader. At the University of the Philippines where he received his degrees (BFA, MAED, Ph. D in Communication), his body of published works had been duly recognized. The Manila Critics Circle awarded him the 2004 National Book Award for Rice in the Seven Arts, Sept. 4, 2005. Pinili-Metro Manila Residents Associations, Inc., awarded him the Don Ignacio Lafrades Award for Distinguished Achievement, December 9, 2006. Dr. Zafaralla is a member of GUMIL Filipinas; PEN International; Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society; and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences.