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AA Patawaran

A writer and lifestyle editor by profession, AA Patawaran is the bestselling author of Write Here Write Now: Standing at Attention Before My Imaginary Style Dictator. His fascination with poetry started as a playful attempt to caption Instagram photos, until he fully fell in love with its rhythm, cadence, and beat. Hai[na]ku is his first collection of poetry inspired by life’s most engrossing themes: love and pain, solitude and reflection, arrivals and departures, and the tenuous threads that make up everyday life.

Aida Sevilla Mendoza

Aida Sevilla Mendoza is better known to Philippine Daily Inquirer readers as a motoring columnist, a weekly task she recently semi-retired from after 28 years. An English Literature cum laude graduate of St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, she earned her M.A. in English at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She wrote and edited a consumer newsletter Ang Mamimili, followed by a consumer column in the Manila Bulletin and then the Inquirer. She wrote the Unforgettable Legal Stories series for a weekly women’s magazine before joining Ayala Corporation in Makati and working there until 1999.

Andrea Soto-Pionilla

Andrea started writing at age 11. Her first completed manuscript was about a 16-year-old version of herself meeting a boy band member and becoming his girlfriend, thinking it could be a future possibility. She has thankfully come to her senses since then.Andrea lives in Metro Manila, Philippines with her husband and their son.

Angelo Lacuesta

Angelo R. Lacuesta has won several Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and Philippines Graphic Awards for his fiction, as well as the NVM Gonzalez Award. His first collection of stories, Life Before X and other stories (University of the Philippines Press), won the 2000 National Book Award and the inaugural Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award. His second collection, White Elephants: stories (Anvil), won the 2004 National Book Award. His third collection, Flames and other stories (Anvil), was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award.He has received several local and international grants and fellowships, among them a residency at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA. His work as an anthologist includes Latitude: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland, co-edited with Toni Davidson, and Fourteen Love Stories, co-edited with Jose Y. Dalisay.He has been literary editor of the Philippines Free Press and is currently editor-at-large at Esquire Philippines. He is married to award-winning poet Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta.

Annie Gorra

Annie Gorra originally hailed from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines and presently lives in Vancouver, B.C. She has written another book, City of Gold, about the people who made their home and history in Cagayan de Oro. It was published in 2010.

Antonio G.M. La Viña

Antonio G.M. La Viña is Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and placed 3rd in the 1989 Bar Exams. Aside from being Dean of the School, he is currently lecturer at the UP College of Law and the Ateneo School of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Local Government, International Environmental Litigation and Theory of Law. He was undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 1996 to 1998.

Asuncion David Maramba

Asuncion David Maramba is a retired college professor, book editor, and columnist. She finished H.S., 1951, at Maryknoll College; graduated AB-BSE, 1955 both Summa Cum Laude from St. Theresa’s College, Manila; M.A., 1958 from Ateneo Graduate School and took the Basic Management Program at Asian Institute of Management in 1993.She has thoroughly enjoyed a seamless teaching career of forty years, handling literature and writing courses at St. Theresa’s College, Manila, College Department; St. Scholastica’s College where she also served as Chairman of the English Department; De la Salle University; San Carlos Seminary, and the Rogationist Seminary.Among the fifteen books she has edited or authored, her Philippine literature textbooks, notably Philippine Contemporary Literature (now past the fifty-year mark), Early Philippine Literature (Revised Edition with Teaching Notes and Study Guides), and Outline History of Philippine Literature in English have contributed to the awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature, little known several decades ago vis-à-vis the country’s western immersion.The three latest books she has conceptualized and edited in the last decade, Six Modern Filipino Heroes, Six Young Filipino Martyrs and Seven in the Eye of History are pioneers in making known our still neglected modern heroes, heroines and notable historical personages of various persuasions.She was a columnist for Veritas Newsmagazine (“On Living”) from 1984 to 1987; the Manila Digest (“The Changing Church”) from 1989 to 1990; and Manila Chronicle (“Humanly Speaking”) from 1986-1991. In 1991 she collected around 100 of these columns in View from the Middle. In 2006 she launched a second collection of another hundred columns in Beyond the Classroom.She received the CMMA (Catholic Mass Media Awards) Press Award for Best Feature Writer in 1987. In 1992 she was one of the recipients of the Catholic Authors’ Award. In 2002 she was one of the awardees of the Amazing Alumni Achievers of Maryknoll-Miriam College. In 2011 she received the Titus Brandsma Award Philippines for Communication and Literature.An occasional columnist, she continues to help mold public opinion with her contributions to “Commentary” of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Ava Feliz

Ava Feliz is a chocoholic who loves to write about independent female characters who gets the one thing that still eludes her to this day: her own happily ever after. Someday she hopes to see the Machu Picchu, the pyramids of Egypt, and the amber room in Russia. She also daydreams about being able to play with real tigers, penguins, and bears. The inspiration for her characters usually come from the misfortunes of her friends. She firmly disagrees with her friends that she is a workaholic.The Problem with Being Laura is dedicated to all who lost themselves somewhere along the way to adulthood.

Bebang Siy

Si Bebang Siy ay ipinanganak sa Quirino, Maynila. Nanirahan sa Paco, Pandacan, at Pasay, mga tigagatlong buwan. Nagkaisip sa Ermita. Lumipat sa Paranaque. Nag-aral sa Malate. Umuwi sa Las Pinas. Nagkolehiyo sa may bandang Philcoa. Nag-board sa may Kamias. Namamalengke sa Q-mart. Nagtatrabaho sa Mandaluyong. A, wala naman. Wala naman siyang planong gumawa ng mapa ng Metro Manila. Gusto lang niyang isalaysay sa iyo kung gaano kadugo ang ganitong uri ng mundo.

Bibiano S. Fajardo

Bibiano S. Fajardo, Ph.D. has been in the field of healing since 1957 and has been a practicing albularyo for thirty five years. He has created a milestone by synthesizing all healing modalities into a spiritual and scientific framework.

Blanche David-Gallardo

Blanquita (aka Blanche) David-Gallardo is a veteran journalist with more than 35 years’ experience in lifestyle publishing, both as a writer, editor, and publisher. A graduate of Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas, Blanche began her career with the now-defunct Philippines Herald as assistant to then Women’s Editor Enriqueta “Etang” David-Perez (no relation). In 1961, she and her husband, editorial cartoonist Bert Gallardo, took up an offer to join The Asia Magazine in Hong Kong as Women’s Editor and Art Director, respectively. They briefly relocated back to Manila in the mid-70s, only to return to the then British Crown Colony in 1978—with Bert to pick up where he left off as Art Director of Orientations, an art and culture publication, and the business magazine Insight; and Blanche as originator and editor of two new lifestyle magazines, Eve and the Home Journal. Subsequently, they set up their own interior design publications, Dimensions and the Designers Portfolio. The couple returned to Manila in retirement in 1997, in the run-up to Hong Kong’s handover to China. Blanche continues to contribute occasional freelance articles to local and overseas publications.The Expat Kitchen is the first installment of an extensive compilation of recipes from the various magazines she had edited in the past.

Brigitte Bautista

When she’s not chained to a desk writing software code, Brigitte writes lesbian fiction and poetry. She participated in Anvil Publishing’s very own #SparkNA writing workshop, where her first book baby, Don’t Tell My Mother was born. Brigitte is a huge sports freak and considers crying over sports strangely therapeutic. She has never met a doughnut she did not like and atones for the overeating by taking long walks or riding her bike around the city.

Carla de Guzman

If you ask CARLA DE GUZMAN what she does for a living, she will tell you that she’s not quite sure. By day, she works at a consultancy firm and writes for a lifestyle website. By night, she’s an author and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk and making these silly love stories. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi, and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family. She’s currently on a quest to see as many Impressionist paintings as she can, and is always in search of the perfect pain au chocolat. Visit her at @somemidnights, to follow her adventures.

Chi Yu Rodriguez

Chi Yu Rodriguez has many feelings. Sometimes these feelings find their way to paper in the form of short stories and fiction online. Sometimes they don’t come out at all and end up as unresolved sexual tension or terrible internal angst.She prefers making imaginary people go through these feelings for her pleasure. Her muses hate her for it, and they repay her by being forever fickle. So when she’s not too busy adulting as a social media content manager, a photographer, a mother to multiple pups, and a Starbucks lover, she wrestles with the muses in her head.

Christopher Franz Carandang

CHRISTOPHER FRANZ A. CARANDANG, PhD, RPsy is the youngest son of Dr. Honey Carandang. At a young age, he was already able to observe and document his mother’s play therapy sessions. Now he is a Clinical Psychologist at the MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc. who uses the expressive arts and play therapy to help children and adolescents, and their families. His dissertation, which he finished in UP Diliman, was entitled “Journeying Through Music, Art, and Letter-Writing: A Group Therapy Intervention for Youth in Conflict with the Law.” He has also taught psychology courses in UP Diliman, Miriam College, and DLSU Manila. He is happily married to his wife Olive. They are very blessed to have a wonder-filled daughter named Harana Mirae.

Claire Du

Claire Du started writing poems and short stories in a spiral notebook passed around by classmates in high school. But it was only in 2014 that she gathered enough courage to let her stories out in the jungle. She has published three short stories: “He Loves Me..Not?”, a 2,000-word story for the anthology Kids These Days: Luna East Academy Vol. 1; “On the Outside Looking In,” an 11,000-word story included in the Buqo YA 4: Heart Choices bundle; and “Two-One-Three,” a 6,000-word short story based on One Direction’s song, “Perfect.” She currently works abroad. Aside from reading, she spends most of her free time daydreaming about delicacies from her hometown, and watching videos of her dog Frou-Frou.

Clare Elisabeth Marquez

Clare Elisabeth Marquez enjoys sitting in her pajamas while looking out the window from her amazingly massive writer’s desk, reveling in the glorious beauty of snow-capped mountains as she sips her warm, soothing coffee. Then she wakes up. And writes.A closet romantic through and through, C.E. Marquez is a voracious reader, writer, and dreamer, never failing to believe that dreams can come true for those who wait . . . and do something about it! Her towering piles of notes of handwritten stories (which she started collecting when she was ten!) are her well-kept treasures, tattered and bruised, but still waiting for their chance to see the light.She writes about things that matter: love, life, and everything else in between.You can contact her through—but only if you want her to reply!

Clinton Palanca

CLINTON PALANCA studied English and Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University and Sociology at the University of Oxford. He lives in Manila with his wife and two children, and Bruno the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. He writes a regular column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.His most recent publication was My Angkong’s Noodles, a collection of classic recipes from the Chinese in the Philippines.

Criselda Yabes

Criselda Yabes is a freelance writer and journalist, having started her career with the foreign news agencies in the 1980s, and producing her first book on the military in 1991. She went on a journalism fellowship in France in 1992, where she lived for six years, before returning to Manila in 2006. She has won prizes for the University of the Philippines Centennial Literary Prize, and has been nominated for the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize in 2010 for her first novel on Sulu.

Cyan Abad-Jugo

Cyan Abad-Jugo took her master’s in Children’s Literature at Simmons College, Boston, and her PhD in English Studies: Creative Writing and Anglo-American Literature at UP Diliman. Her books include: Father and Daughter, with Gémino H Abad; Sweet Summer and Other Stories; Leaf and Shadow: Stories About Some Friendly Creatures; and Salingkit: A 1986 Diary.She teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University. She lives in Quezon City with her husband and twin hobbits. During her spare time, she loves to read, doodle, watch movies, and attend lettering and art workshops.

Dean Francis Alfar

Dean Francis Alfar is novelist and writer of speculative fiction. His fiction has been published and anthologized both in his native Philippines and abroad (Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, The Apex Book of World SF, and the Exotic Gothic series among others).His books include the novel Salamanca, short fiction collections The Kite of Stars and Other Stories and How to Traverse Terra Incognita, and the children’s book How Rosang Taba Won A Race. His work as an anthologist includes volumes of the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals, as well as the forthcoming Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults and The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines.His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, including the Grand Prize for Novel for Salamanca, as well as the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion, the Philippines Free Press Literary Award, and the Gintong Aklat Award. He was a fellow at the 1992 Dumaguete National Writers Workshop as well as the 20th and 48th UP National Writers Workshop.Dean lives in Manila with his wife, award-winning fictionist Nikki Alfar and their daughters Sage and Rowan. He is currently working on his third collection of short fiction.

Edgar Calabia Samar

Tubong-San Pablo at kasalukuyang nakatira sa Marikina si Edgar Calabia Samar. Nagtuturo siya ngayon ng Panitikan at Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Ateneo at tinatapos ang kaniyang PhD sa University of the Philippines. Nagkamit na siya ng mga parangal mula sa Palanca, PBBY Salanga Writer’s Prize, Gawad Surian sa Tula, Gantimpalang Collantes at NCCA Writer’s Prize. Naging finalist para sa National Book Award ang aklat niyang Pag-aabang sa Kundiman: Isang Tulambuhay (ORP, 2006). Kasalukuyan niyang isinusulat ang ikalawa niyang nobela, ang “Sa Kasunod ng 909”.

Edgie Polistico

His desire to improve his vocabulary while in high school in 1984 was the beginning of Edgie Polistico’s interest in lexicography. He started creating a database of words at the age of 14 and continued against all odds doing research and compiling words even in the years when he proceeded to study law in Tacloban City and later in Cebu City. In 1995, he started his research for his first dictionary, the Edgie Polistico’s Cebuano-English Dictionary.He moved to Manila in 1996, and after a year, he got a job that required him to travel all over the Philippines. It was in his many travels around the country that he explored, experienced, and learned more about the rest of the Philippines. His close contact with the locals and native speakers as well as his visits to different places across the country led him to compile more vocabularies of would-be dictionaries of other dialects and other interests in the country.He is also a collector of vintage and modern dictionaries, both of local and foreign literatures. These books are among his helpful references for his research. His many compilations of different languages and dialects turned out to be a good jump-start in creating his very ambitious project of writing and compiling the ultimate database of Philippine multi-dialectical dictionary.He became more than just a self-made lexicographer on local languages. Through self-study, Edgie created a database, wrote the codes, and designed the software application of his first digital dictionary. He even went back to school to study more about computer programming and whatever learning he could use to improve his digital dictionary. In 2007, he registered his copyright and deposited copies of his digital dictionary and its database with the National Library in Manila.In 2008, he combined all food words and culinary terms he already had in his dictionaries. The result was the first copy of the Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary. All his dictionaries are unpublished except for the Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary.Edgie created in 2010 more blog pages dedicated to his other finds and experiences about Philippine food culture and whatever interests him as a Pinoy lexicographer and a food blogger. Among his blogs that are worth visiting is the Philippine Food Illustrated, the in-the-making illustrated version of the Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary.

Efren Bunquin

“Bricks as such are simple things of simple shape, yet properly laid, they can be made into a house or any other form of noble edifice. So are the baking lessons designed by Prof. Bunquin. They become the building brick of a baking career.”Thus was aptly described Efren Gomez Bunquin, WJS’ choice for the 1974 “Bakery Industries’ Man of the Year” distinction. Prof. Bunquin received his plaque for earning this distinction as announced by William J. Suter, president of Suter, Inc.To the baking industry, awardee Bunquin is more familiarly known by the title “Dean of Bakers”. This is no overstatement, for he has gone a long way from his San Pablo (Laguna) boyhood days.Originally bent on becoming a physician, Efren enrolled at the San Pablo Colleges as a full scholar and completed the pre-medicine course as Summa Cum Laude. He, however, shifted course to the combined course of BS Chemistry/Chemical Engineering at the MLQSEA where he graduated in both courses with highest honors.In his senior year, he was awarded the Wein International Scholarship in Science after topping a national competitive examination given by the Brandies University through the American Embassy. This, he however waived, in favor of a job offered him immediately after graduation.His first job was a research chemist at the Franklin Baker Co. of the Philippines. Shortly after he was asked by Phil. Flour Mills to organize and head the mills’ Quality Control, Research and Development, Technical Services and the company’s Infestation Control Department.In 1962, Prof. Bunquin was made a member of the five-man Philippine Wheat Trade Mission that was sent to the United States. He was the youngest of the group. A joint project of the United States of America and Philippine governments in collaboration with the WWA and the PAFMIL, the mission was to acquaint the Filipino technocrats on the progress of cereal science and technology.A Cereal Chemist, from Northwestern University where he finished his M.S. in Cereal Chemistry, Prof. Bunquin also trained at the International Milling Company Central Laboratory in Minneapolis, Minnesota concentrating on New Products Research and Development with emphasis on cereal products. Further training at the Robin Hood Flour Mills in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada was later arranged by International Milling Co.Returning to the Philippines, he visited other Asian countries, foremost of which was Japan where he made observation studies on Japan’s progress in food processing. Upon arriving home, he embarked on an intensive campaign to promote the nutritive value of bread as a basic food.He started the campaign by conducting seminars in Luzon. The seminar sessions took him to as far north as the remotest areas of Cagayan Valley and Mountain Province and as far south to the different barrios and municipalities of the Bicol Region. He talked to bakers demonstrating to them the rudiments of modern baking and it’s advantage and importance to the health. His seminars were responsible for awakening interest in more progressive and modern baking methods.A year after this, Prof. Bunquin, with the assurance that the school would work on the modern concept of training, agreed to become the first Filipino director of the Fleischmann’s Baking Institute. Although located in the Greater Manila area, it has become more of a mobile school which succeeded in fulfilling its objective of educating bakers and graduating thousands of baking students. It is of interest to note that many of his graduates are now successful with their own schools or are managing their own bakeshops.He is also the author of several Panary and Culinary books, now useful as a reference in almost all bakeshops and kitchens. His research work in cereals were published in official publications of the International Association of Cereal Chemists and American Association of Cereal Chemists.Prof. Efren Gomez Bunquin, “Bakery Industries’ Man of the Year” for 1974 is indeed the man responsible for the present concept of the trade, that “baking is an Art, Science and Technology.”

Ellen Sicat

Nagtapos si ELLEN SICAT ng Business Administration sa University of the Philippines. Nagsimula siyang sumulat sa edad na 57. Mula noon, nakasulat na siya ng apat na nobela: Paghuhunos, Unang Ulan ng Mayo, Kilapsaw, at Ang Aking Gubat. Ang Unang Ulan ng Mayo ay nagkamit ng Palanca grand prize sa nobela noong 2005. Ang Paghuhunos (2001) ay napiling Best First Book na iginawad ng UP Creative Writing Center at Madrigal Gonzalez Family noong 2002.Isa sa kaniyang maiikling kuwento ay itinipon sa Alimuom (2003). Nasama ang iba pa niyang kuwento sa Paglusong at Pag-Ahon, Kuwentong Siyudad, Aklat Likhaan ng Tula at Maikling Kuwento 1998, 1999, at 2000, at Ani. Ang dalawa niyang screenplay, Mga Kamay at Estelle ay parehong finalist sa Star Cinema Scriptwriting Contest. Sumulat na rin siya ng dalawang nobelang romansa.Balo si Ellen ni Rogelio Sicat at ina ni Luna Sicat, kapwa manunulat.

Felice Prudente Sta. Maria

FELICE PRUDENTE STA. MARIA has been a culture advocate for over four decades. Among her awarded books is In Excelsis: The Mission of Jose P. Rizal, Humanist and Philippine National Hero published by Studio 5 in 1996 to honor Jose Rizal’s Martyrdom Centennial. The book topped the Biography and Book Design categories at The National Book Awards hosted by The Manila Critics Circle in 1997.In 2006, she authored The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period Recipes, 1521-1935 released by Anvil Publishing. It was awarded Best Food Book and Best Designed Book at The National Book Awards given in 2007 at Manila. The next year it placed second in the Food History category of Gourmand World Cook Book Awards presented in London.The author served as a commissioner on the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippine Centennial Commission, and UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. She has been a trustee on the boards of cultural institutions that currently include the Philippine National Museum and Alliance Francaise de Manille. She has received national and international awards, among them the SEA Write Award for ASEAN writers and a knighthood in the Grand Order of Arts and Letters from the Republic of France.

Irene Carolina A. Sarmiento

Irene is an occupational therapist who works with children with special needs. Her first book, Spinning (Anvil, 2009), is about a little boy with autism. As an author, her stories have won awards from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation, Philippines Free Press, and Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards.

Jaime T. Licauco

Jaime T. Licauco obtained his Master in Business Management (MBM) degree as a scholar from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and his Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree, major in Philosophy and English, magna cum laude, from San Beda College in Manila. During the 100th Anniversary of San Beda College’s founding in October 2001, he was named one of the Bedans of the Century for Literature.He is today considered the Philippines’ foremost authority on inner mind development, creative and intuitive management, paranormal phenomena, and Philippine mysticism. He has written sixteen best-selling books and numerous articles on these subjects during the last 25 years. He is also co-author of Intuition at Work a book published in San Francisco, California. He has appeared as guest in numerous television and radio programs in the Philippines and even abroad. Several of his books have been translated into German, Polish and Japanese Languages.He is a frequent resource person of the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) based in Texas, and is a member of the International Board of Advisers of the Global Intuition Network in San Francisco, California.Mr. Licauco has had 25 years of middle and senior management experience in various firms in the Philippines mainly in the areas of human resources, management consultancy, and management training and development. He has lectured extensively before top executives in the Philippines and in North and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.He is one of the leading exponents of Holistic or Complementary Medicine and has also lectured extensively before such medical groups as the American Academy of Family Medicine, the Philippine Society of Family Medicine, the Monthly Medical Forum at Manila Doctors Hospital, the Philippine Neurological Society, Philippine Nurses Association, the Philippine College for the Advancement of Medicine, the Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, among others.Mr. Licauco is president and founder of the Inner Mind Development Institute and currently writes a weekly column on Inner Awareness in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and anchors a weekly educational program over DZMM radio He was a part-time faculty member at the Asian Institute of Management and the De La Salle University’s Center for Indigenous Medicine in Dasmariñas, Cavite. He was a former Editor-in-Chief of MBS, The Magazine of Mind, Body and Spirit and was a consultant in a television series on paranormal phenomena on GMA-7.He was born on July 25, 1940 in San Juan, Metro Manila, and is married to the former Yolanda Campos by whom he has three children. They live in Parañaque, a city south of Manila. Mr. Licauco is a direct blood descendant (great, great-grandson) of the illustrious 19th-century Filipino painter, Damian Domingo.

Jessica Zafra

Jessica Zafra is editor-at-large at BusinessWorld and InterAksyon. She has written two collections of short stories and a dozen collections of essays on film, literature, travel, rock music, popular culture, and politics. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Newsweek, the HK Standard, and The National (Abu Dhabi). She was editor-in-chief of Flip: The Official Guide to World Domination, and the annual literary journal Manila Envelope.

Jiggy Manicad

Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad was born in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, and grew up in the slums—along the railroad tracks, to be exact—of San Pablo City, Laguna. After high school, he wanted to take up a vocational course to be able to set up a car repair shop, or go abroad to help augment the family income. However, Carmelo Mayo, a classmate in high school convinced him to take the UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT). He was admitted at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB) where he took up BA Communication Arts. He was a grantee of the Student’s Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP). While in college, he was a news writer for the UPLB Perspective, the official student publication of the university. He also worked as a student assistant for the UPLB Public Affairs Office, writing news and speeches.In college, he applied as a porter for the Philippine Airlines in response to a newspaper ad that he saw, but was rejected.In 1994, after college, he applied and was accepted as a driver/production assistant for GMA’s DZBB radio. Unfamiliar with the roads in Metro Manila, he declined the job offer and was accepted as a researcher for ABS-CBN instead. After three months, he resigned and went back to Los Baños to work as a writer. Missing field work, he reapplied at GMA where he was initially mistaken as someone seeking medical help in the program Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko because of his paper-thin build. He was accepted as a writer, and soon was assigned on the field.While he worked for GMA at night, during the day he gathered and wrote stories for The Manila Times under the direct supervision of its then editor-in-chief Malou Mangahas, currently the executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).Jiggy anchors and hosts the following programs: 24 Oras Weekend, Reporter’s Notebook, and GMA News TV’s Quick Response Team (QRT). In 2012, he was awarded as one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) for broadcast journalism. In 2014, he led the entire GMA News organization to win its fourth George Foster Peabody Award for its coverage of Supertyphoon Yolanda. That very same year, he was awarded as Metrobank Foundation’s Journalist of the Year, won the Super Journalist Award by SM, was cited as the “King of Breaking News” by PeopleAsia magazine among the Men Who Matter, and was recognized by the people of Tacloban for his journalism through their annual Sangyaw Awards.Jiggy has tucked more than 60 journalism awards under his belt, including the UPLB Distinguished Alumnus Award for Public Service as well as those from the New York International Film and Video Festival, US International Film and Video Festival, Asian Television Awards, Catholic Mass Media Awards, and Ani ng Dangal Awards. He has also been recognized as an Outstanding Lagunense and Outstanding San Pableño by his townmates as well as an Outstanding Alumnus of San Pablo Colleges, his alma mater. He has also won awards from various student award-giving bodies.He is a member of the British Alumni Association, being a British Chevening Scholar in Cardiff University, Wales, UK.More than the recognition and career, Jiggy considers his loving and caring family as his greatest achievement. He is married to maverick TV producer and director Marnie Manicad, and they have three kids: Sammy, Sabina, and Simone Maxine.

Jonas Sunico

Jonas Sunico is a fresh graduate of Journalism from the University of the East. He hates the process of writing but loves the feeling of accomplishment when he writes the last word of his story or article. Most of his time is spent either on the bed, sleeping or in front of a screen, playing video games. He is a fan of stories with a post-apocalyptic scenario because he believes that during these times, humans become true to themselves. As a writer, he has a hard time developing characters so the majority of the characters found in his write-ups are based on or inspired by people he knows in real life.

Joy G. Aceron

Joy G. Aceron is instructor at the Political Science Department of the Ateneo de Manila University and Associate Director for Social Policy of the Ateneo School of Government heading Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) programs. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, cum laude, and a masters degree in Public Administration major in Public Policy.

Joyce Pring

Joyce Pring is a TV host and content creator who first made her mark on the Internet and on the radio. In 2011, she won the plum prize in a nationwide VJ hunt and began her sparkling career in media. Like most millennial stars, Joyce refused to be boxed into just one platform. Her appearance on the web show Tales from the Friendzone instantly endeared her to the digital-savvy Pinoy audience, prompting Joyce to create compelling content ahead of her peers. As her Internet star rose, she explored other channels, becoming a TV host for Eat Bulaga’s Trip na Trip segment and a DJ for Magic 89.9.She’s is currently busy hosting the GMA 7 online show “All Access,” managing, collaborating with brands she personally uses, and using her celebrity to encourage more people to support World Vision, her chosen charity. See her life in pretty squares via @joycepring on Instagram.

Juan Miguel Luz

JUAN MIGUEL LUZ is associate dean for development management at the Asian Institute of Management. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Undersecretary at the Department of Education in charge of finance and administration. Immediately after DepED, he took on the position of president of an international non-governmental organization, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. He sits on the board of a number of social enterprises and advocacy campaigns including the Philippine Center for Population and Development, the Foundation for Philippine Environment, Philippine Business for Education, the Knowledge Channel Inc., Museo Pambata of the Philippines, and the Heritage Conservation Society. He lives in Manila, Philippines.

Kanami Namiki

KANAMI NAMIKI is a Japanese scholar and dancer. She has a BA in Philippine Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where she started performing Philippine folk dances. Kanami became a member of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group while she was taking her MA Anthropology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, from 2000 to 2004. She then transferred to the National University of Singapore, where she earned her master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies. She is currently a PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore.

Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed and No Holding Back, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, MD, Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently, she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.

Katrina Tuvera

Katrina Tuvera earned her BA in Humanities from the University of the Philippines. She teaches literature and creative writing at De La Salle University–Taft. Her stories have won the Palanca and Philippine Graphic Awards for Literature, and her first collection of short fiction, Testament and Other Stories (Anvil, 2002) was given the National Book Award by the Manila Critics Circle.

Katt Briones

Katt Briones writes Young Adult, fan fiction, and romance stories to unwind and de-stress.She graduated with a degree in Business Economics and is currently working as a financial reporting analyst. When not busy with work and writing, she spends her free time reading, sketching landscapes, fangirling over Korean girl groups, and looking up pasta recipes on YouTube. She currently resides in Las Pinas with her family, a pet dog named Kai, and a cat named Mr. Smith.Chasing Mr. Prefect is her first published work. Her other stories are available on her Wattpad page.You may follow Katt Briones on these social media platforms:Twitter: @kttbri Facebook: Instagram: @kttbri

Lisandro Claudio

LISANDRO E. CLAUDIO is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. He is also Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is the author of Taming People’s Power: The EDSA Revolutions and their Contradictions (Ateneo de Manila University Press) and Basagan ng Trip: Complaints about Culture and Politics (Anvil). Lisandro E. Claudio is a program-specific Assistant Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.

Lourdes Joy Galvez Tan

Lourdes Joy Galvez Tan, MA is a licensed psychologist of the Fr. Jaime Bulatao, SJ Center for Psychological Services, where she specializes in treating adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms. Joy also teaches at the Ateneo de Manila Psychology Department, where she is completing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Her early work involved providing crisis intervention among survivors of natural disasters, but her primary advocacy is the prevention, early detection, and treatment of mood disorders among the young. Joy is currently engaged in research exploring school-based wellness interventions among public school children.

Luna Sicat Cleto

Nagsimula sa larangan ng dula si Luna Sicat Cleto, at ngayo’y nahiyang sa pagsulat ng prosa at nobela. Ang Mga Prodigal ang ikalawa niyang akda. Noong 2005, nakamit ng kanyang unang nobela, ang Makinilyang Altar (UP Press, 2003) ang Madrigal Gonzales Prize for Best First Book. Isa rin siya sa mga kuwentista ng KATHA, at nalathala na sa mga antolohiyang kagaya ng Impetu, Forbidden Fruit at Relasyon ang kanyang mga maikling kuwento. Nagtuturo si Luna Sicat Cleto ng mga kurso sa panitikan at malikhaing pagsulat sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas sa Diliman. Kabiyak siya ni Norberto B. Cleto, at may isa silang anak.

Ma. Aleli V. Pansacola

With a mission and a goal, Ma. Aleli V. Pansacoloa pursues the advocacy of hilot, the ancient Filipino healing art, as a recognized technology of global standards, side by side among other modalities of healing.

Ma. Blesila De Guzman-De Asis

MA. BLESILA DE GUZMAN-DE ASIS, MA, RPsy, CSCLP is part of a team of psychologists from the MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc. Under the mentorship of Dra. Carandang, she has an active clinical practice doing expressive and play therapy to children and adolescents as well as adults. An alumna of the Ateneo de Manila University, MA Psychology, she is also a certified Myers-Briggs trainor (Psychometrics, Canada). A few years back, she was with the Ateneo Grade School as a guidance counselor and was also a part-time lecturer at Miriam College. Her self-nurturing activities include cooking, traveling and photography.

Ma. Lourdes "Honey" Carandang

MA. LOURDES “HONEY” A. CARANDANG, PHD, RPsy, CSCLP is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who pioneered in Play Therapy and Family Therapy in the Philippines. For her outstanding contribution to the field of Psychology and for translating scientific principles and applying them for the upliftment of Filipino children and families, she was honored as National Social Scientist in 1995. She was president of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) and former editor of the Philippine Journal of Psychology (PJP). She used to teach in the Psychology department of UP Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University, where she is also a former chairperson. In 2014, she was the first person to be awarded as Outstanding Professional for Psychology by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC).After more than three decades of clinical practice, teaching, mentoring, and research work, Dr. Carandang founded the MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc in 2010. The goal of the institute is to use the science of psychology for the well-being of all persons, especially the disadvantaged, traumatized, and marginalized. Together with her team of highly trained psychologists, she has conducted numerous workshops and psychosocial interventions to help survivors of disasters, child abuse and family violence, and families left behind by OFW mothers, as well as those who work with and care for them. She always integrates mindfulness practices and exercises in her work.Dr. Carandang is also a best-selling author of many books on the situation of Filipino children and families such as Filipino Children Under Stress, Self-Worth and the Filipino Child, The Path to Healing, and Pakikipagpagkapwa-damdamin: Accompanying Survivors of Disaster, which was just recently re-launched 20 years after it was first published.

Ma. Tonirose de Guzman-Mactal

Ma. Tonirose de Guzman-Mactal, MA is Director for Assessment of the Ateneo Center for Organizational Research and Development, the training and research arm of the Ateneo de Manila Psychology Department, where she also teaches psychology. Toni earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and her master’s degree in Child and Family Development in the Ateneo, where she is completing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She previously worked as Director for Continuing Education and Director of the Central Guidance Office at Arellano University, Manila. Toni placed second in the Professional Regulation Commission’s Psychology Licensure Examinations in October 2014.

Manix Abrera

Manuel “Manix” Abrera graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines–Diliman. His comic strip “Kikomachine” runs from Monday to Saturday in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and appears in seven compilations published by Visprint. His webcomic “News Hardcore!” appears weekly on GMA News Online. He also has a silent comic/graphic novel titled 12. He is a very kind person.

Maria Lourdes Bautista

Maria Lourdes S Bautista is Full Pofessor at De La Salle University. She finished her Ph.D. at the Linguistic consortium of the Ateneo de Manila University and Philippine Normal College, and did postdoctoral studies in sociolinguistics at Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been Visiting Professor of Tagalog or Sociolinguistics at Ohio University, the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, and Waseda University in Tokyo. Her books include Patterns of Speaking in Pilipino Radio Dramas: A Sociolinguistic Analysis (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 1979), The Filipino Bilingual’s Competence: An Analysis of Tagalog-English Code Switching (Australian National University, 1980) and, with Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, Language Surveys in the Philippines 1966-1984 (De La Salle University Press, 1986).

Maria Teresa Aguilar

MARIA TERESA F. AGUILAR, MA, RPsy, CSCLP is a licensed psychologist and practicing play therapist who received extensive clinical training under Dr. Honey Carandang’s mentorship. She belongs to a team of psychologists from the MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services. She is also a full-time guidance counselor and college lecturer at Saint Pedro Poveda College. She is a board member of the Philippine Association for Child and Play Therapy and is a Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology of the Psychological Association of the Philippines. Tess obtained her MA in Counseling Psychology at the Ateneo De Manila University. Her foremost passion is learning from children. Second to this is her love for writing, poetry and the arts.

Maria Victoria Rotor-Hilado

Maria Victoria (Vicky) Rotor-Hilado studied her primary and the majority of her high school years at the St. Scholastica’s College. She graduated High School from the Heritage Hall School in 1977. Vicky obtained her History-Political Science degree from the De La Salle University, graduating cum laude under the three-year Liberal Arts Accelerated Honors Program in 1980.She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila Law School in 1985, graduating third in her class and placing fifth in the bar examinations of the same year. In 1986, she worked with the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Firm (ACCRALAW) as an Associate in the Corporate Special Projects Department. She resigned as a Senior Associate in 1989 and went into solo practice. In 2000, she rejoined ACCRALAW as a parttime consultant, attending to several projects including document assembly and electronic data conversion among others. She continues to practice law as a solo practitioner specializing in estate planning, estate settlement and real property transactions.In late November 2014, Vicky and her co-author Gianna Reyes Montinola launched the book Laws for Life, a cradle-to-grave book for laymen addressing issues and transactions which a person is confronted with, from birth to death and beyond. The book has been on the Best Seller’s List for Philippine Publications for both National Bookstore and Powerbooks. The book also has an e-book edition available on major e-retailers.Vicky also lectures on estate planning and settlement at the Asian Development Bank and before other groups. She also tutors basic Math and English at the Tuloy sa Don Bosco and attends to her husband, Tad, and her four children, Enzo, Bianca, Pilar and Santi, whose names are peppered throughout this book.

Marianne Villanueva

MARIANNE VILLANUEVA is the author of the short story collections Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila, a finalist for the Philippines’ National Book Award, and Mayor of the Roses: Stories. Born and raised in the Philippines, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches creative writing for the UCLA Extension Writers Program.

Marjorie Evasco

Marjorie Evasco (b. Maribojoc, Bohol, 1953) was the Carlos P. Garcia awardee for literature education in 2011. In 2013 she received the Taboan Literature Festival award for her achievements as a writer and for promoting the literature of the Central Visayas region by mentoring young writers. She is a SEAWRITE awardee for the Philippines and National Commission for Culture and Arts Ani ng Dangal awardee. Her books won the National Book Awards for poetry (Dreamweavers and Ochre Tones), oral history (Six Women Poets: Inter/Views), biography (A Life Shaped by Music: Andrea O. Veneracion and the Philippine Madrigal Singers), and art (Ani: The Life and Art of Hermogena Borja Lungay, Boholano Painter). Her poems are published in the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Poems from Asia, the Middle East and Beyond and in The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus. She is Professor Emeritus of the Literature Department of De La Salle University, Manila.

Mary Jane Bergado-Flores

Mary Jane Bergado-Flores, MA finished her undergraduate degree in psychology at the Mindanao State University (MSU) and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she is completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked as a preschool teacher before becoming a faculty member of the Psychology department of MSU.A licensed psychologist, Jane is actively involved as a trainer and a facilitator in the Katatagan Program, a resilience program designed by the Psychological Association of the Philippines, as a tool to provide mental health support to disaster survivors and as a training program to provide potential disaster responders with basic mental health support knowledge and skills. One year after typhoon Yolanda, Jane initiated the Katatagan training of the barangay health workers (BHWs) from different municipalities of Tanauan and Tolosa, Leyte, which was funded by the Tokyo Foundation. She coordinated with University of the Philippines Visayas-Tacloban College psychology faculty in the delivery of the program in different barangays in the said municipalities. The different batches of this delivery phase were supported by the Ateneo and the SEIU Haiyan Workgroup (New York).

Melissa R. Garabiles

Melissa R. Garabiles, MA teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University Psychology Department. She is currently revising her dissertation for publication and completion of requirements for a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Her dissertation is about the process of family resilience among families of Filipina domestic helpers. She is also part of the Ugnayan at Tulong para sa Maralitang Pamilya Foundation Inc. or UGAT Foundation, where she facilitates workshops and seminars and conducts individual, couples, and family counseling.

Neni Sta. Romana Cruz

NENI STA. ROMANA CRUZ is chair of the National Book Development Board. She is a children’s book reviewer, freelance journalist, and teacher. She is a regular contributor on education and literacy to the op-ed section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and a trustee of Teach for the Philippines. She is the director of Where the Write Things Are, a writing center for writers of all ages.


NORINGAI, or Noreen Capili, is a thirty-something TV writer who makes people laugh, cry, and fall in love for a living. She’s been a blogger since 2001 and was an online columnist for from 2003 to 2006.A graduate of BA Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines–Diliman, she dreamed of seeing her name on the TV screen, releasing her own book, and writing for movies.

Olivia Carandang

OLIVIA P. CARANDANG, PhD, RPsy is a licensed psychologist currently employed as a Psychology professor in Miriam College. She is also a staff psychologist for MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc. Olive is a volunteer at heart. She is happily married to her husband Chris, and is a loving mother to her daughter, Harana Mirae.

Pierra Calasanz-Labrador

Pierra Calasanz-Labrador is a former magazine editor turned freelance writer, stylist, and treasure hunter (she pens the column Fifi’s Finds in Manila Bulletin). Two decades after attending the National Writers Workshop in Silliman, Dumaguete, she is finally finding the courage to put her poetry out into the universe, but won’t hesitate to talk your ear off about cats, cosmic connections, pretty Filipino finds, and the healing power of J- and K-dramas. Say hello on Instagram @tinypoem.

Queena N. Lee-Chua

Queena N. Lee-Chua, PhD graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1987, with a degree in BS Mathematics, summa cum laude. She also received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the same university, where she is now full Professor.Queena specializes in math and science education and popularization, learning psychology, parenting, teen and children's issues. She has written on family businesses, family issues, inspirational stories, among others. She has also headed Ateneo teams that studied the best practices of Filipino public and private school achievers, and the media habits of Filipino youth.Queena has garnered many awards, among them the TOYF (The Outstanding Young Filipinos), the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service), the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers Award, the DOST’s Great Men and Women of Science, the OYS (Outstanding Young Scientists), the Bato Balani Tribute to Teachers Honoree, the Jose Rizal Awards for Excellence, the National Book Awards, the National Science and Technology Journalism Awards, Outstanding Science and Technology Columnist, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and the Catholic Mass Media Awards.She was featured in Asia Inc. Magazine’s Who’s Hot in Asia, and the Singapore Heritage Center’s Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent. In 2010, with a Malaysian scientist, she was first to receive the Third World Academy of Sciences Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science for the East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Region. Her most recent book, Home Work 2: Everything Parents Ask About School (and Growing Up), was co-written by her son, Scott.

Raquel Lucas

Raquel “Ira” S. Lucas, MA is a researcher, counselor, and youth facilitator who obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Ateneo De Manila University. An advocate of positive psychology, Ira is interested in exploring the positive side of human beings, specifically character strengths, virtues, resilience, and prosocial behavior. Ira does research on family life and children, multigenerational gender concepts, and factors that affect academic performance of students.

Roel Landingin

Roel Landingin has been covering Philippine business and economy for more than 20 years. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Forbes Philippines magazine, the local edition of the well-known US business publication. He was formerly the Manila correspondent of The Financial Times and senior fellow of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), a not-for-profit media organization based in Manila. He has also served as business editor of The Manila Times newspaper and bureau chief of Bloomberg News in the Philippines.In 2003, he wrote Ramon V. del Rosario: The Making of an Entrepreneur, a biography of one of the Philippines’ industrial pioneers. De La Salle University republished this book in 2011. Roel edited in 2010 Seven Deadly Deals: Can Aquino Fix Arroyo’s Costly and Messy Projects? that inquired into some of the most problematic infrastructure projects under the term of former President Gloria Arroyo.Roel has won top honors twice in the Jaime V. Ongpin investigative journalism awards—in 2008, for his reports on the mismanagement of foreign aid in the Philippines, and in 2009, for his story on how corruption doomed a flagship airport project of the government.As a senior reporter for two national newspapers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he covered the banking, finance, and energy sectors. His work earned him the Outstanding Economic Journalist and Banking and Finance Reporter awards from the Economic Journalists Association in 1994.Roel has an AB Philosophy degree from the University of the Philippines and an MBA (major in finance) from the Graduate School of Business of De La Salle University. Born in 1959, he is married to fellow journalist Maria Lourdes C. Mangahas. They have a daughter, Rossa Victoria.

Ruel De Vera

Ruel S. De Vera is the author and editor of nine books. He writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and is Associate Editor at the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University and teaches at the Ateneo’s Department of Communication. His writing has received the Catholic Mass Media Award, the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and the Philippines Free Press Literary Award. He and his wife Joysie reside in Taguig City with a giant Shih Tzu named Mito.

Scott Lee Chua

SCOTT THOMPSON is Professor Emeritus at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, his academic base since completing a doctorate in International Politics at Oxford University. He graduated ‘With Great Distinction’ from Stanford University and has lectured widely in Asia and the USA. This is his fourth book on the Philippines and his second on former President Fidel V. Ramos. His 14 authored and edited books include studies of Thailand, West Africa, US defense strategy, leadership, and an autobiography (The Price of Achievement, London 1995). He is widely recognized as one of the original students of Third World International Politics. He resides in Makati and Lake Taal, in the Philippines, Bali, and Washington DC.He is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, and was elected a White House Fellow. He served under four US presidents and was a founding director of the US Institute of Peace, on whose board he served for 15 years. He is a Senior Fellow at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, and has also been affiliated with the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University. He writes a regular column for the New Straits Times in Kuala Lumpur and has been published regularly in international newspapers and magazines. Since 2006, he has been a Senior Fellow of Manila’s famed Social Weather Stations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC.He has two daughters and a son in America, with the latter of whom he co-authored a study of Third World development; and five grandchildren.

Soledad Reyes

Soledad S. Reyes is Professor Emeritus at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her work on Macario Pineda began when she wrote her thesis on the writer in 1970. Her Gold in Makiling (Anvil, 2012) is a translation of Pineda’s Ang Ginto sa Makiling (1947). She has also edited and introduced anthologies featuring the novels and short stories of Pineda. Her translation of What Now, Ricky? by Rosario de Guzman Lingat won the A. L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize for 2016.

VJ Campilan

VJ Campilan is a business writer by day and novelist by night. She was first published in UP Diliman’s literary journal, Likhaan, for her short story, “Real Dhaka.”All My Lonely Islands is her first novel, which started as a writing exercise in her MFA Fiction Class.