Panelists

Gémino H. Abad, University Professor emeritus of literature and creative writing, is a poet, fictionist, and literary critic and historian, with various honors and awards. In 2009, he received Italy’s Premio Feronia (“Foreign author category”) for his poetry, published later as Dove le parole non si spezzano (Roma: Edizioni Ensemble, 2015). Where No Words Break (2014) is his tenth poetry collection, and Past Mountain Dreaming (2010), his ninth collection of critical essays; he has two collections of short stories, Orion’s Belt (1996) and A Makeshift Sun (2001). He is known also for his three-volume anthology of Filipino poetry in English from 1905 to the 1990s – Man of Earth (1989), A Native Clearing (1993), and A Habit of Shores (1999); and a six-volume anthology of Filipino short stories in English from 1956 to 2008 – Upon Our Own Ground (2008), Underground Spirit (2010), and Hoard of Thunder (2012). He obtained his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago in 1970, and continues to teach at U.P. where he has served as Secretary of the University, Vice-President for Academic Affairs

 

Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman, Quezon City. He has published several books of poems and essays–Mga Tula ng Paglusong (Poems of Entering the Water, 1992), Onyx (2003), and Kung Nanaisin (If You Like, 2009) ; Sagad sa Buto (Into the Marrow, 2011) and Hiwatig (Meaning, 2015). He is also a drama translator rendering into the Philippine national language the works of William Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Kalidasa, and Eugene O’Neill. He also taught Tagalog language and Philippine Culture as a Visiting Professor at the Osaka University in 2014-2017. He is one of the editors of Tuttle Publishing Company’s Concise Tagalog-Englsh/English-Tagalog Dictionary (2017).

 

 

Si Eugene Y. Evasco ay manunulat, editor, tagasalin, at kolektor ng mga aklat pambata. Kasalukuyan siyang Professor ng panitikan at malikhaing pagsulat sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, UP Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura. Ilan sa mga aklat niya ang Mga Pilat sa Pilak: Mga Personal na Sanaysay (UST Publishing House), May Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag: Mga Tulang Pambata (Anvil), Ang Singsing-Pari sa Pisara (Lampara), Ang Nag-iisa at Natatanging si Onyok (Lampara) at ang salin ng Charlotte’s Web (Lampara) ni E.B. White at The Secret (Anvil) ni Lin-Acacio Flores. Nagwagi siya noong 2014 ng UP Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino (Kategorya ng Malikhaing Pagsulat). Naging bahagi siya sa Hall of Fame ng Carlos Palanca Award for Literature noong 2009, dalawang ulit nagwagi ng Grand Prize sa Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Makata ng Taon 2000, National Children’s Book Award, at National Book Award para sa Young Adult Literature. Kasakuluyan siyang Associate ng UP Institute of Creative Writing. Naging Research Fellow siya noong 2016 sa International Youth Library sa Munich, Germany upang manaliksik sa mga aklat pambata na may temang LGBT.

 

J. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a Fellow for Poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), Misterios and Other Poems (2005), and Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques (2003). In 2009, Hong Kong University Press published its own international edition of his Philippine Gay Culture (1996). Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famous Ladlad series of Philippine gay writing. Two other important anthologies that he edited are Aura: the Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012, and Bright Sign, Bright Age: Critical Essays in Philippines Studies, published in 2017. His poems, essays, and books have received a variety of recognitions and prizes, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, the Philippines Free Press Literary Prize, and the National Book Award. He regularly contributes film and theater reviews to GMA News Online. His most recent books are The Postcolonial Perverse: Critiques of Contemporary Philippine Culture, Homeless in Unhomeliness: Postcolonial Critiques of Philippine Literature, and Myth and Writing: Occasional Prose. He is the director for the Philippines of Project GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality, a world-wide research and arts consortium sponsored by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom and Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.

 

Si Vlad Gonzales ay guro sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, UP Diliman. Kasalukuyang tinatapos niya ang kursong PhD sa Pagsasalin, at Fellow din siya sa Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing. Pinangangasiwaan niya ang proyektong Emerging Interdisciplinary Research ng Likhaan bilang program manager nito.

Naitampok na ang kanyang mga malikhaing akda sa iba’t ibang publikasyon, katulad ng mga libro ng sanaysay na “Isang Napakalaking Kaastigan” at “A-Side/B-Side: ang mga Piso sa Jukebox ng Buhay Mo” ng Milfores Publishing. Naging aktibo siya sa pagsasalin ng mga dula at pagsusulat din ng mga sariling piyesang pang-entablado simula noong 2009. Naitanghal nitong 9-10 Mayo 2017 ang kanyang dulang “Mal” sa UP Los Baños, isang restaging ng dulang naisulat niya noong 2014 at nagwagi ng Gawad Carlos Palanca noong 2015. May interes siya sa pagkuha ng mga litrato, at makikita ang ilang mga larawang ito kasama ng iba’t ibang kuwento sa vladgonzales.net.

 

Ramon Guillermo is professor of Philippine Studies at the Dept. of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines – Diliman. He is the author of the novel “Ang Makina ni Mang Turing” (University of the Philippines Press, 2013) and translator into Filipino of Water Benjamin’s “Über den Begriff der Geschichte“ / “Hinggil sa Konsepto ng Kasaysayan” (High Chair Press, 2013). His most recently published scholarly work is “3 Baybayin Studies” (University of the Philippines Press, 2017).

 

Kilalang manunulat at iskolar ng kultura at panitikan, si Bienvenido Lumbera ay ipinanganak noong Abril 11, 1932 sa Lipa, Batangas. Nag-aral sa Unibersidad de Santo Tomas noong 1950 at sa Indiana University noong 1967. Naging propesor din siya sa Osaka University at University of Hawaii sa Manoa, gayundin din sa iba’t ibang unibersidad sa bansa.

Hindi matatawaran ang kontribusyon ni Bien sa larangan ng sining at panitikan. Nakapaglimbag na siya ng mga panandang-bato na antolohiya, nakapagsulat ng iba’t ibang dula tulad ng Tales of the Manuvu, Nasa Puso ang Amerika at Hibik at Himagsik nina Victoria Laktaw. Pinarangalan siya bilang Pambansang Alagad sa Sining at nagkamit na rin ng gawad mula sa Ramon Magsaysay Awards para sa Pamamahayag.

Sa kabila ng buhay sa sining, hindi nakaligtaan ni Bien ang halaga at ugnayan ng kanyang pagiging iskolar, guro at artista sa lipunan at bayan. Kinikilala ang kanyang ambag sa larangan ng pagtatayo ng mga organisasyong nagtataguyod ng pambansang demokrasya. Bukod sa pagiging Professor Emeritus sa UP Diliman, siya rin ang Chairman Emeritus ng Concerned Artists of the Philippines at Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy. Siya rin ang naging tagapanguna sa pagkakatatag ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Philippines na nangangalaga naman sa kagalingan ng mga guro sa Pilipinas.
Maraming beses na rin nakasama si Bien sa mga pambansang kilos-protesta. Patuloy siyang nakikibahagi sa pagsulong ng makatuwirang sahod at karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Inilapat niya sa kanyang mga akda ang buhay at himagsik ng mga magsasaka. Naging lunan ng kanyang mga karanasan noong batas militar ang mga obrang tula at awitin. Sa lahat ng ito, isang dakilang patunay si Bien na ang sining ay marapat lamang magsilbi sa mga uring inaapi at pinagsasamantalahan, habang ito rin ay mabisang paraan upang humukin ang mamamayan na makiisa tungo sa paglaya ng bayan.

 

Victor Emmanuel Daelo Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a Professor 3 from the University of the Philippines Diliman on secondment. As the Director IV of the Philippine High School for the Arts, his programs and projects include Perya ni Andres (2013); Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (2014); Araw ng PHSA (2014), Bayani ng Sining (2014) with The Outhstanding Students of the Philippines Inc.; the Rice Awareness Project (2014) with the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the electrification of the National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, and the establishment of a PHSA Campus in Bay, Laguna.

After taking his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, he became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS (PWD), drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, as well as victims of abuse, calamities, and grief. During the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Society of Oncology, Inc. on 11 September 2014, he was honored with the Community Service Award for conducting poetry workshops in different cancer wards. A member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Committee on Literature — he also belongs to the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines’s Culture Committee and the Philippine Center for Gifted Education’s Board of Directors.
He collaborated with Elmer Borlongan who created letras y figuras using iPad in his poetry collection Rizalpabeto (The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development, 2012). In his Kayumanggi (UST Publishing House, 2011), Vim’s poems are turned into wearable art by Lorina Javier, photographed by Dominique James, set into music by Fer Edilo, designed by by Mannet Villariba, and translated by Arvin Mangohig, Vic Nierva, and Francis Quina. The said publication sent him to Bangkok to accept the SEA Write Award from the King of Thailand in 2006. Digital artist and photographer Pinggot Zulueta and layout artist Albert Gamos helped him come up with his poetry anthology Asinta: Mga Tula at Tudla (UST Publishing House, 2002). In 2008, composer Paul Val Peña turned some of those poems into songs in the compact disc Katoto. His novel [H]ISTORYADOR[A] (UP Press, 2006) and epic Mujer Indigena (UP Press, 2000) placed second in the Centennial Literary Prize in 1998. In 1994, two of his poetry books were nominated to the National Book Award but his 15 Lamang (De La Salle University Press, 1994) was luckier than his ALIT: Dalit Galit Halit Malit Ngalit Palit Salit (Anvil Publishing House, 1994).

Vim is recognized internationally when he became a South East Asia Write Awardee (2006) as well as nationally when he was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003) and recipient of the Gawad Balagtas (1998) from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. In Manila, he twice received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan — for Theater (2014) and for Literature (2010). In his birthplace, he was selected as Natatanging Anak ng Quezon (2003) and Natatanging Anak ng Tayabas (2006).

Together with his wife Ellay, he founded the Foundation AWIT (Advancing Wellness, Instruction, and Talents) Inc. in 2008 after their four-year old son Awit, who had Global Developmental Delay, succumbed to pneumonia.

 

Charlson L. Ong, resident fellow of the Institute of Creative Writing and fictionist/scriptwriter/singer extraordinaire, was born on July 6, 1960. He obtained an A.B. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1977, and currently teaches literature and creative writing under UP’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. He has joined several writers’ workshops here and abroad, and has acquired numerous grants and awards for his fiction, including the Palanca, Free Press, Graphic, Asiaweek, National Book Award, and the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award for Excellence. His novel, Embarrassment of Riches published by UP Press in 2002, won the Centennial Literary Prize. In addition to this, Ong has served as co-editor of the Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction.

His short stories range from parodies of well-loved Filipino texts to insightful treatments of Chinese-Filipino culture. These have been collected into Men of the East and Other Stories (1990 and 1999), Woman of Am-Kaw and Other Stories (1993) and Conversion and Other Fictions (1996). He has published four collections of short fiction- Men of the East and other stories, Woman of Amkaw and other stories, Conversion and other Fictions; Of that other country we now speak and other stories as well as three novels: An Embarrassment of Riches, Banyaga: A Song of War; Blue Angel/White Shadow.

 

Jun Cruz Reyes is a sui-genesis writer, he was formerly known as the “enfant terrible” of Philippine Letters. According to critics, Jun Cruz Reyes changed and raised the standards of writing in the Philippines by introducing and popularizing “wikang kanto” (language of the street corner/informal language) to Philippine Literature at a time when almost everyone espoused the dicta of High-Formalism, the usage of refined language in telling stories. His oeuvre have been described as “witty” and “satirical,” often expounding on social issues, hence earning the ire of conservative critics and hot headed bureaucrats that represent the establishment. National Artist Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera calls him a “genius”.

 

Luna Sicat-Cleto is a playwright and essayist. She is also the author of two novels, Makinilyang Altar (UP Press, 2003) and Mga Prodigal (Anvil, 2010). Her poetry, drama and short fiction have been anthologized in Ang Labintatlong Mga Pasaway (Visprint, 2015), Telon: Antolohiya ng mga Dula (NCCA,2015), and Paano Ba Magbasa ng Panitikan? (UP Press, 2006), among others. She is a fellow at the UP Institute for Creative Writing. She is also a board member of the Women Playwrights International-Philippines.

 

Si Rolando B. Tolentino ay fakulti ng University of the Philippines Film Institute at dating dekano ng UP College of Mass Communication. Siya ay nakapagturo sa Osaka University, National University of Singapore, at University of California, Berkeley. Ang kanyang interes sa panananliksik ay panitikan, kulturang popular, pelikula at midya sa Filipinas, gamit ang pagkakasalikop ng mga isyung nasyonal at transnasyonal. Nagsusulat din siya ng katha at sanaysay, at fellow ng UP Institute of Creative Writing. Siya ay kasapi ng Manunuri ng Pelikulang Filipino, AlterMidya (People’s Alternative Media Network), at Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP).