With a name wrought from Henry Millerʼs study on Arthur Rimbaud, The Time of Assassins Literary Guild (TTALG) was established as an artistic resistance to the unjust times.
The group was conceptualized by Jules Abraham de Leon and Kahlil Valencia Labastilla. Soon the two became a five-author team with Eissenn Tronco, Ramzzi Fariñas, and Gab Angeles. In 2019, in their first year run, TTALG released two short story-collections as zines: Open Fire, and Cheap Lives and Hard Drives: A Cyberpunk Anthology. The Guild then immersed into the zine community, where it participated in Komura; Black and White Zine Fair, the AFK Print and Zine Fair, 2010’s-run of Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX). TTALG also guested in Jam 88.3ʼs Bigkas Pilipinas in 2019. Recently, they have also collaborated with AUX (Artists in BPO Unite for Social Change).
In each of their individual accord, the poetry and prose of the members have been published in different platforms like Philippines Graphic, AUX: Kartilya Vol. 2 and The New Normal – Lockdown tfdition, among others.
Jules Abraham de Leon was born in Manila, 1994. He is a founding member of The Time of Assassins Literary Guild which released two zine collections of short stories in its first year-run. They are namely: Open Fire, and Cheap Live and Hard Drives. Aside from this, his short stories have been published in literary journals: Segundo, where he won first place for his short story “Crash,” and AUX: Kartilya Vol 2, and The New Normal – Lockdown tfdition, where shares his ideas derived from his work experience in the BPO industry
He now works for an airline company as a travel consultant in Alabang where most of his stories occur. He currently resides in Las Piñas with his family.
Kahlil Valencia Labastilla was born and raised in Manila. He is a founding member of The Time of Assassins Literary Guild, a budding group of writers, as well as a recent member of AUX, a cultural organization of workers from the BPO industry. With TTALG he has released two short stories, “Iam Android,” and “Travel Experience in Bicol” through self-published works sold in Komura; Black and White Zine Fair, of September 2019, and BLTX, of December 2019, respectively.
He has also pursued a diverse career outside of his literary interest. From 2016 he was a technical support agent for Convergys, from 2017 to the half of 2019 he worked as a cultural officer and researcher for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and finally as an external affairs assistant for Kopiko Philippines for the remainder of 2019. Currently he is vying to contribute in the field of Disaster Risk Prevention, and where he also plans to settle.
Eissenn Tronco grew up near a cemetery in Taguig. He worked as technical support representative for Samsung, and as a content writer for the now defunct hip-hop website undercurrentmusic.com.
For years now he has been working as a physician assistant in a clinic in Makati’s Central Business District. His love for cinema landed him odd jobs in some of his friends’ film sets and he would also sit in film classes in Meridian International, whenever he got the chance.
He is one of the five pioneering members of The Time of Assassins Literary Guild, who in their first year as a group, has released two zines: Open Fire, and Cheap Lives and Hard Drives. His stories “The Mourning Star,” and “It Took The Night For Us To Believe” appeared in the zines mentioned respectively. He plans to study films and literature and is currently funding this return to education.
Ramzzi Fariñas grew up in Ilocos Sur and Abra. After a brief stint in the local media in Vigan City, he pursued a career in Metro Manila, and soon worked for the BPO industry, the National for Commission for Culture and the Arts, and recently a publishing company specializing in local government features.
Being familiarized with the underground art and independent collectives, he would soon become a pioneering member of The Time of Assassins Literary Guild.
His short stories have appeared in the guild’s zine collections. His poetry meanwhile, has appeared in Philippines Graphic, AUX: Kartilya Vol. 2 and The New Normal – Lockdown Edition, and Buhawi: Ang Unang Hagupit.
Gab Angeles is an accountant for his family’s business; and used to work for an animal care organization but left due to human toxicity. He is into Japanese literature because he finds misery inspiring.
He graduated from Lyceum of the Philippines University with a degree in Culinary Arts. Along his sophomore year he picked up the habit of reading. For the past sixteen years of his life, he could count the number of books he has read with one hand. Now he doesn’t bother to count: he found something he enjoys – besides Ragnarok – and that’s what matters to him.
It didn’t take him long to find himself writing in his spare time. He kept his works to himself as the people around him had little to no interest in reading. But that changed when he met The Time of Assassins Literary Guild, who encouraged him to write, so he did.