Tayabas-born but Sampaloc-bred VICTOR EMMANUEL CARMELO D. NADERA, JR. is an award-winning poet, fictionist, playwright, and essayist. A B.S. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology degree-holder from the University of Santo Tomas, he pioneers Poetry Therapy in the country. A series of free sessions to cancer patients led to “Asia’s first expressive art workshop” at the National Arts Center in 1995 and the staging of his satire Sens Op Tyumor in 1996. Among his outreach programs is the Three Ps , implemented in different hospitals and for which he has won support from the Philippine Society of Oncologists in different hospitals. In addition to being a member of Kapisanan ng May K sa Pilipinas (KMKP), the umbrella organization of support groups of cancer survivors in the Philippines, Nadera is involved with several universities and the writers’ groups LIRA, UMPIL, and PETA Writers’ Bloc. He founded the UST Writers’ Workshop and the Moving the Pen Journalism/Literary Seminar in 1991, as well as the USTETIKA, which has been producing rosters of great young writers since 1989. At the University of the Philippines, he has been inspiring students since he organized Gatula (1996) and other groups known for Performance Poetry. Considered the “father of performance poetry in the Philippines,” he represented the Philippines in the Kuala Lumpur World Poetry Reading (Malaysia, 2000), International Seminar on Southeast Asian Literature (Malaysia, 2001), Asia Arts Net Annual Conference (Taiwan, 2001) andBalagtasan sa Singapore (Singapore, 2002).
His epic Mujer Indigena and novel (H)istoryador(a) won the Centennial Literary Prize in 1998. On Balagtas Day of the same year, Vim became the youngest recipient of the Recognition Award from the Commission on Filipino Language, the same body known formerly as Institute of National Language that proclaimed him youngest Poet of the Year in 1985. He has also won in the National Book Awards, Rizal International Filipino Poetry Contest, Gawad Collantes, Palanca Awards, Carlos Bulosan Award. Other awards include the Gawad Leopoldo Yabes, Gawad Parangal ng Quezon, Gawad Chancellor, and TOYM. A prolific editor, critic, columnist, translator and author, his latest books are Poetreat: The Use of Poetry Therapy in Mutual Support Groups of Cancer Survivors in Metro Manila (UST, 2000) and Asinta: Mga Tula at Tudla (UST, 2002). Vim was the seventh, and the youngest, Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. Panitikan.com.ph was one of his projects.
He is now the Director of Philippine High School for the Arts in Makiling, Laguna.