Workshop Director

Vladimeir Gonzales




Workshop Coordinator

Ronnie Cruz Amuyot finished Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He started working at the University of the Philippines right after he graduated in 2003. He is the current Administrative Officer of the UP Institute of Creative Writing, where he is a prominent figure in the institute’s annual UP National Writers workshops. Ronnie is also a multi-awarded tattoo artist and the proud owner of Sentinel Inks Tattoo and Piercing shop located in V. Manansala St. UP Diliman Q.C. He specializes in traditional and oriental styles of tattooing.


Isa Lorenzo’s fiction has been published in Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology, the W&N website, and is forthcoming in MAXIMUM VOLUME: Best New Philippine Fiction 3. She has an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary and won the UEA Orion Short Story Prize. She has attended national writing workshops in Silliman and Iligan. Isa works as a project research assistant and climbs mountains whenever she can.


Ronah Adiel Rostata is a cum laude graduate (2015) of Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at the University of the Philippines -Diliman. She has been part of Dulaang UP (DUP) productions both onstage and offstage. She is currently a freelance theater actor and stage/production manager for corporate events. She is also currently working as a secretariat for this year’s UP National Writers Workshop and as a database manager for the UP ICW website.


Benjie Villacruel took Bachelor of Science in Economics major in Development Economics in the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He was a charter member in the formation of UPLB Babaylan, an LGBT student organization pushing for gender equality, holding Education and Publicity committees. He also joined political alliance in campus election and served as a campaign manager for CAS-SC. He also volunteered as an organizer to a non-government organization promoting the rights and welfare of workers and as a documenter in the national election campaign for progressive partylist groups.

Although, he started as a photo hobbyist, he was later inspired by street photography–a photo discipline that constantly requires “finding the extraordinary out of ordinary”, which eventually became his photographic mantra in dealing with different photo subjects and events.

He is now currently based in Los Baños, Laguna in establishing his career as a photographer.