Jesus M. Santiago (aka Jess Santiago) is a freelance book designer, editor and translator. He is married to Lilia Quindoza Santiago, Ph.D., fiction writer, poet and professor of literature at the University of the Philippines.
He was musical director of Lino Brocka’s Kapit sa Patalim, Grand Prize winner at the British Film Festival in 1984. His poems and song have been published in national and international magazines, textbooks, and anthologies. Several of his songs and poems have been translated into other Philippine languages as well as into English, German, Dutch, French, Japanese, Nepalese, Tamil, Indonesians, Thai, Korean and Portuguese.
He was declared “Poet of the Year” for two consecutive years (1978, 1979) by the Institute (now Commission) of National Language. He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Literary Contest, and the Palihang Aurelio V. Tolentino Playwriting Contest.
His book, Gitara: Poems/Mga Tula 1975-1985, came out in 1997 while his Filipino translation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was released by Sentro ng Wikang Filipino in 2003.
In 2002 he received the “Gawad Nuno ng Tbak sa Kaliwagan” from the Tbak Foundation in recognition of his contribution through songs and poetry to the enlightenment of the Filipino people during the Martial law regime.
Santiago has just recently finished his research, “The Song as Venue for Developmental Education and People’s Advocacy in Okinawa, Chiangmai and Yogyakarta,” as a fellow of the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowship Program (2005-2006).