Award-winning author Oscar Peñaranda is coming home for the first Makiling Inter-Cultural (MAKILINC) Arts Festival at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Los Banos, Laguna from Feb.2 to Feb.7. He will conduct writing workshop for the PHSA’s young art scholars and others after his talk on Feb.3 together with gold and silver smith Michael Steger, installation and performance artist Amy Klement, filmmaker Raymond Red, and photographer Jay Javier. (Left to right: Penaranda, Steger, Klement, Red, and Javier)

MAKILINC will be opened by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. and PHSA Director Vim Nadera as part of this year’s National Arts Month (NAM) and the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) celebration. 
On Feb.7, MAKILINC will be closed by the Raul Sunico, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and capped by a Manila Symphony Orchestra concert. CCP partners with the PHSA in its month-long Pistang Sining festivities entitled Simbuyo featuring the recitals of its Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts majors as if seriously taking the PAF’s theme “Art on the Edge: Arts for Healing, Arts for All.” 

In 2012, Peñaranda was a recipient of the most prestigious award Gawad ng Alagad ni Balagtas by the Writers Guild of the Philippines (Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, UMPIL) for his lifetime achievements in promoting and pioneering the institutionalization of Philippine, Philippine-American, and Philippine languages Studies in the United States, becoming perhaps the first person who was not residing in the Philippines to be given such an honor. 

Peñaranda was born in Barugo, Leyte and left for Manila at the age of five and as he turned 12, left Manila for Vancouver, Canada and then at 17 moved on to San Francisco California where he has more or less stayed for the last 55 years. His stories and poems and essays have been anthologized both nationally (in the U.S.) and internationally. In 1980, his play Followers of the Seasons was performed by the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. He is the author of Full Deck, Jokers Playing, a collection of poems (T’boli Press, San Francisco, 2004) and Seasons by the Bay (T’boli, 2004). a novel in stories. Seasons by the Bay won the best fiction for 2004 for the Global Filipino Literary Award, an organization based in Singapre, Paris, and Washington, D.C. It also won an award for best fiction for PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists) for 2005 and Full Deck won the Poetry category.

He has been an educator for 40 years and has taught In Universities and Colleges for 15 years, in Middle School for 10 years and High School for 15 years. He has taught, influenced, and inspired several generations of Filipinos, Filipino Americans, as well as non-Filipino, students, educators, and the general public. He has advocated for Philippine and Philippine American Studies all throughout the United States and Canada. He has given lectures presentations and workshops all over the U.S. from Stanford to New York, to Illinois, to Pennsylvania, to Harvard and many others.


Michael Steger lives and works as an actor, performer, silversmith in Berlin since 1997. Since 2006 he works as a curator and cultural manager of Performance Art Festivals. In 2005, he founded the group, Performunion Open Space which has extensively performed in numerous festivals in Germany, Europe and abroad. In 1998, he was the co-founder of Open Space Berlin together with Philip Brehse, which is still an active platform for artists around the globe. He collaborates with numerous relevant art institutions and cultual initiatives in Berlin in the realm of Performance Art such as MPA, Theaterhaus Mitte, Mime Center Berlin, BLO Ateliers, Theaterkapelle and has curated noumerous visual art exhibitions in Schillerpalais and other galleries and art spaces in Berlin and abroad. 

Born and educated in Augsburg, Germany in 1968, Steger is a professional and active gold- and silversmith (Diploma 1994/ Fachschule für Glas und Schmuck in Neugablonz) and teaches the arts and crafts of silversmithing in his Studio Volksluxus in Berlin.


Born in New Jersey, USA in 1968, Klement got a degree in Arabic from Georgetown University and then realized that art and creative expression were her true calling. After five years in NYC working as a photographer and costume designer, she moved to Berlin in 1997. Since then — while living and working between cultures and languages as a translator — her artistic work has evolved to include performance, sculpture, video, and spoken and written word. In it she poses questions about the significance and symbolism of outer shells, myths, numbers, and language, and explores the practice of patience and handwork through her crochet interventions in the public space.


An alumnus of Philippine High School for the Arts, Red began by making Super-8 films that immediately gained international attention. In the mid-1980s, he again made a number of super8mm and 16mm films. Later, he made his first feature, Bayani (1992) (Heroes) for German ZDF television. His second feature,Sakay (1993) was released primarily in the Philippines. His third feature project, Makapili iwon the Hubert Bals Fund Award at Rotterdam Film Festival 1993. Red has also directed many commercials and music videos. 

Red has also been active in television commercials and music video production. He has done Kamera Obskura shot on HDV format in 2006. He just finished Himpapawid (Manila Skies) 2009, shot with the latest Red One ultra-high-definition digital camera.


Also known as Roderick Yap Javier, Jay is a photography teacher at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas (since 1993); School of Design and Arts, Photography Program, School of Design and Arts; De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde (since 2010); and Philippine Women’s University, School of Fine Arts and Design (c.2014). 

He also conducts photography events and workshops sponsored by camera clubs like Nayon, Zone V, or FPPF as well as TV programs like “I Juander” etc. He, too, is a professional camera collector and restorer of classic and antique cameras, specialising in Leica rangefinder and Soviet Era cameras. His active collection is about 200 cameras. 

Javier finished Bachelor in Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in 1988. Currently, he is taking Masterals in Fine Arts and Design, Philippine Womens University.