TIBO was born Steven Prince Patrick C. Fernandez in Manila on January 19 to parents Dean Segundo P. Fernandez and Julieta Castillo. He is the eldest of ten kids.
He attended the University of the Philippines elementary and high schools and graduated with a degree in English at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City. He earned his M.A. in Philippine Studies (with a gold medal recognition) majoring in the Humanities (minors in Comparative Literature and Anthropology). He is the country’s only Doctor of Fine Arts degree graduate (major: Creative Writing) from a Philippine university, the De La Salle.
It was his exposure to Maranao and Mindanao cultures after tumultuous years at the U.P. High School that made his interest in indigenous southern cultures grow. These experiences in the South nurtured the creative compositions that have been performed, published, and discussed in numerous venues here and abroad.
Most of the over forty plays and productions he has authored and directed have been critically acclaimed and performed in extensive tours around the country and in over eighty cities around the world.
His most recent citations are in the Who’s Who in the 21st Century (1st edition) and the 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (1st edition) of the Cambridge International Biographical Centre. He is also cited in the Fookien Times’ 2004 Philippine Yearbook as a “Defender of Our Heritage.” The CCP awarded him with a Pilak for his outstanding cultural work. He is Full Professor at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology and currently Artistic Director of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG).