Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo was born on August 21, 1944 in Manila. The renowned teacher, editor, writer, and pioneer of creative nonfiction obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Philippines in 1993. Garnering honors since her colegiala days, Dr. Hidalgo has also received such prestigious awards as Gawad Balagtas, Graphic, Free Press, Focus, Manila Critics’ Circle, British Council Grant to Cambridge, and the U.P. President’s Award for Outstanding Publication. She has been recognized as Outstanding Thomasian Writer, Hall of Famer for the International Publication Award, and Grand Prize winner for the Novel in the Palanca Awards.

Her husband’s fifteen-year relationship with UNICEF provided her with opportunities to explore various countries. Out of her experiences were born seven autobiographical travel books, including Sojourns (1984), Celadon and Kimchi: A Korean Notebook (1993), Coming Home (1997), and Passages: Selected Travel Essays (2008). She also has five short story collections, the most recent of which isSky Blue After the Rain (2005), and two novels, Recuerdo (1996), which won the Palanca, and A Book of Dreams (2001). Her work in literary criticism has produced four books that include studies of women’s literature, such as those published inWoman Writing: Home and Exile in the Autobiographical Narratives of Filipino Women (1994), A Gentle Subversion (1998), and Over a Cup of Ginger Tea (2006). Dr. Hidalgo has also put together numerous anthologies such as The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction (1995 and 2001), Sleepless in Manila(2003), My Fair Maladies (2005), and The Children’s Hour: Stories on Childhood, Vol. II (2006).

She is currently Vice President for Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines and an associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing.

Below is her extensive bibliography: 


Recuerdo (1996)

A Book of Dreams (2001)

Short Stories/Tales

Ballad of a Lost Season and Other Stories (1987)

Tales for a Rainy Night (1993)

Where Only the Moon Rages: 9 Tales (1994)

Catch a Falling Star (1999)

Sky Blue After the Rain: Selected Stories and Tales (2005)

Creative Nonfiction

Sojourns (1984)

Five Years in a Forgotten Land: A Burmese Notebook (1991)

I Remember…Travel Essays (1993)

Skyscrapers, Celadon and Kimchi: a Korean Notebook (1993)

The Path of the Heart (1994)

Coming Home (1998)

Passages: Selected Travel Essays (2008)

Looking for the Philippines (2009) 

Travels with Tania (2009)

Literary Criticism

Woman Writing: Home and Exile in the Autobiographical Narratives of Women (1994)

A Gentle Subversion: Essays on Philippine Fiction (1998)

Over a Cup of Ginger Tea: Conversations on the Literary Narratives of Filipino Women (2006)

Fabulists and Chroniclers (2008)


Pinay: Autobiographical Narratives by Filipino Women (2000)

Creative Nonfiction: A Reader (2003, 2005)

Sleepless in Manila : Funny Essays, etc. on Insomnia by Insomniacs (2003)

My Fair Maladies: Funny Essays and Poems on Various Ailments and Afflictions (2005)

The Children’s Hour: Stories on Childhood, II (2007)

Tales of Fantasy and Enchantment (2008)

Philippine Postcolonial Studies, Priscelina Patajo-Legasto co-editor (1993, 2005)

The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1995, Gemino H. Abad co-editor(1996)

Shaking the Family Tree, Alessandra Gonzales, co-editor (1998)

The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1997, Gemino H. Abad co-editor(1998)

Why I Travel and Other Essays, Erlinda E. Panlilio co-editor (2000)

The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction, 2001 Gemino H. Abad co-editor(2002)


Creative Nonfiction: a Manual for Filipino Writers (2003, 2005)

Be Your Own English Teacher: Punctuation, Thelma E. Arambulo co-author(2003)

Be Your Own English Teacher: New Words, Thelma E. Arambulo and April T. Yap co-author (2003)

Our People’s Story: Philippine Literature in English, Gemino H. Abad co-author (2005)