Mario Ignacio Miclat was born in Marikina; spent his childhood in Tubod, Lanao and San Ramon, Masbate; grew up in Olongapo, Zambales; was educated in Asinan Elementary and Jackson High School; obtained his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in the UP Diliman; had his apprenticeship in Central Luzon, Cordillera, and the Sierra Madre; matured in Beijing, Pyongyang, Tirana and Linyang; and is now an acknowledged China studies expert and Philippine studies professor of the UP System.

His publications include Mga Kuwento ng Kabayanihan (1988, volume of children’s stories) and Pinoy Odyssey (1989, short story collection that was relaunched by UP Press last 2005 as Pinoy Odyssey 2049). His literary works have won in Asiaweek Short Story Competition (1984), Gawad CCP (1988) and Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards (1986-1987). He was a UP CWC National Fellow for Translations (1995-1996).

He is husband to Alma Miclat nee Cruz of Bataan and father to artist/poet Maningning and actress of the legitimate stage Banawe. He is now residing in San Luis, Antipolo City.