Fellows

Bernardo O. Aguay Jr. a.k.a. Buboy Aguay is a contemporary published Bikolano Writer. He published his first book of Bikol poems “ Gibsaw sa Salakab” in 2008 and won Third Prize in Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2011 with his entry “Posporo” (Dulang May Isang Yugto). His seven Filipino poems were published in the UP Likhaan Journal. Currently Aguay is a recipient of NCCA Writers’ Prize for Drama –Bikol Category awarded on November 28, 2017 at Diego Silang Hall, La Union Capitol Building, La Union. Aguay’s works also won titles in the Bikol Film industry initiated by the Peñafrancia Short Film Festival where his scripts “ Sakay: Andas sa Barotong Papel” (2013) and “Simong Lawog”(2015) were named Best Picture and Second Best Picture, respectively.

 

Niles Jordan Breis is a four-time Palanca winner, with two first prizes in 2003 and 2012. He was named 1994 Makata ng Taon by KWF and was chosen as Best Writing Fellow of the 1996 UP National Writers’ Workshop in Davao.He won Writer of the Year in the 2012 NCCA-Premio Arejola for Pagsurat Bikolnon and was the lead recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Albayano Award. A summa cum laude in Philosophy, he also studied Theology and Human Resource.He is currently an HRD and Organizational Development consultant.His poetry collection, rubrica,was published by High Chair in 2013.His most recent work is Ampon ng Kadiliman, a creative nonfiction to be launched this 2018.

 

Victorette Joy (VJ) Campilan is trained as a financial writer before she wandered into creative writing. She finished her BA in Communication Research at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, after which she pursued her MFA in Creative Writing at De La Salle University-Manila. She was first published in UP Diliman’s Literary Journal, Likhaan, for her short story, “Real Dhaka.” The story then expanded into All My Lonely Islands, her first novel, which was also her thesis for her MFA. The manuscript won the Grand Prize for the English Novel at the 2015 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and the book won the 2017 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award.

 

Noreen Capili, also known as Noringai, has been writing for a living for the past 20 years. A columnist, author, editor, and scriptwriter, she has seen her words come to life in print, online, and on television and film. Her debut book Parang Kayo Pero Hindi won the Readers Choice Awards in 2014 while her second book Buti Pa Ang Roma May Bagong Papa won the National Book Award in 2015. She graduated BA Creative Writing in UP Diliman.

 

Playwright/screenwriter, professor, producer, actor, director, optometrist, cancer survivor; earned his M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Diliman; artistic director of Dramatis Personae multi-media/events company; Faculty, Literature Department of De La Salle University Manila, recipient of awards and grants; Lito Casaje’s anthology of prize-winning plays won the 2007 National Book Award.

 

Ton L. Daposala teaches Humanities at Capitol University. His poems in Binisaya have been published in various publications. Nine of his poems have appeared in Bisaya Magasin. “Tingog nga Gaunos sa Sulod”—an elegy to the victims of Bagyong Sendong—was included in the Best of Dagmay 2. Most of his poems can be found online in Kabisdak: Bisaya Literary Lighthouse. His works were also included in Brown Child: The Best of Faigao Poetry and Fiction 1984-2012. Daposala has been a fellow for poetry in the 27th Cornelio Faigao Memorial Annual Writers Workshop and the 18th Iligan National Writers Workshop. He has participated in the 2016 Taboan Philippine Writers Festival held at Maramag, Bukidnon where he read his works and sat as one of the panel on Mindanaoan Writing. He is one of the senior writers in NAGMAC (Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro) and a board member of BATHALAD-Mindanao.

 

Eljay Castro Deldoc, a native of Hagonoy, Bulacan, earned his degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. His most notable original plays are “Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal”, “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala”, “Ganito ang Pinangarap Kong Kasal”, “Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa”, and “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All the Overcoat”. He also penned stage adaptations of Filipino novels, namely “Para Kay B”, “Ang Favorite Book ni Jude”, and “Ligo na U, Lapit na Me The Musical”. He has been a fellow of Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop, the 14th Iyas National Writers Workshop, and the 15th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop. Eljay is a member of the Writers Bloc and The Quiapo Collective. He is also the artistic director of Tabsing Kolektib, a Manila- and UPLB-based theater company. Read some of his works at https://deldoctrines.wordpress.com/.

 

Patricia Celina Ngo is a writer of children’s literature. She has won three Palanca Awards for her children’s poetry. Her first book, Blanket, is part of Anvil’s Picture Poetry Series. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University last May 2017 with a degree in BS Management Engineering.

 

 

Si Romeo Palustre Peña o Rom Peña ay tubong Bondoc Peninsula sa Lalawigan ng Quezon. Nagtapos siya ng MAF Malikhaing Pagsulat sa UP Diliman at AB Filipinolohiya sa PUP. Napiling fellow sa UST National Writers Workshop (2008), UP-DFPP Palihang Rogelio Sicat (2009), Iligan Writers Workshop (2010, ngunit dahil sa hindi inaasahang pangyayari ay hindi siya nakarating sa Iligan) at Iyas Writing Workshop (2011). Naparangalan ang kaniyang ilang akda sa ilang timpalak pampanitikan sa Pilipinas at Japan. Nailathala rin ang kaniyang mga akda sa mga antolohiya ng tula, kuwento at sanaysay sa loob at labas ng bansa. Kasalukuyan niyang tinatapos ang PhD Philippine Studies Major sa Panitikan sa UP Diliman.

 

Anna Felicia C. Sanchez is the author of How to Pacify a Distraught Infant: Stories (2017), published by the UP Press, and Frog Leap & Other Stories (2005), a chapbook published under the first NCCA Ubod New Authors Series. A number of her stories have won prizes in the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, Free Press, and Palanca literary awards. As Anna Ishikawa, Sanchez wrote the novellas Odd Girl Out (2006), Glamour Games (2007), and Where Your Dreams Come True (2008). An alumna of the UP, Silliman, and Iligan national writers workhops, she finished her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where she teaches literature and creative writing.

 

Si Che Sarigumba ay isang award winning novelist. Ini-launch niya ang kanyang award winning novel sa 2017 Manila International Book Fair. Isa siyang aktibong miyembro ng grupo ng mga manunulat na itinatag ni National Artist F. Sionil Jose—ang Philippine Center of the International Pen (Poets and Playwrights, Essayist, Novelist). Naging fellow siya ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo noong 2010. Umupo siyang juror sa Tagisan 28, isang inter-high school competition para sa campus journalists na pinangunahan ng UP Kalilayan na ginanap sa Quezon Province. Naiimbitahan din siyang magturo sa mga unibersidad upang maibahagi ang kanyang kaalaman sa pagsusulat. Ang rebyu niya ng mga aklat na nakasulat sa Filipino ay inilalathala ng Philippines Graphic magazine. Mahigit limang taon na siyang Travel and Lifestyle editor ng Pilipino Mirror, ang unang business tabloid sa bansa.

 

Januar Ereno Yap teaches at the University of the Philippines Cebu-College of Communication, Art and Design in the Mass Communication Program. He is also editor and columnist for SunStar Cebu. He is a recipient of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His works appeared in various literary anthologies.