Sanchez, Wilfredo Pascua

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Wilfredo Pascua Sanchez, alias Willybog, was born on October 19, 1944 in Victoria, Tarlac. He grew up in a string of places from Manila to Cotabato and the Cordilleras where he visited his farmer relatives. From 1960 to 1967, while a student at the UP, he began to publish poems and stories in the national magazines, winning many awards. He was editor of The Literary Apprentice and co-editor of The Progressive Review. He also worked briefly as a reporter for UPI, scripted a number of plays for TV, and wrote an essay on Nick Joaquin which won the Carlos P. Romulo Award in 1964. Shortly after graduating from UP with an AB English in 1967, he taught at Laguna College in San Pablo City. December 1971, he migrated to the United States. After two and a half years in New York, he moved back to Chicago where he carried on as a businessman and self-styled gambling aficionado. In 1997, he revisited the Philippines after an absence of over two decades. Since then, he has begun work on a short fictional project to be called After Magellan. He lives with his wife, Maria Teresa Quijano, in Hoffman Estates, northwest of Chicago, Illinois.

He has published no recent work, but some translations of plays into Tagalog have won acclaim, and his poems and stories have appeared in various anthologies, among them, Santaromana’s Sinaglahi (1975), Villa’s Doveglion Book of Philippine Poetry (1962; 1975), and Francia’s Brown River, White Ocean (1993). He lives with his wife, Maria Teresa Quijano, in Hoffman Estates, northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Pascua Sanchez has a number of awards, among them, the Palanca 2nd prize for poetry in 1971 for Five Poems and in 1975 for Adarna: Six Poems from a Larger Corpus, and the Free Press 3rd prize in 1962 for his short story, Moon under My Feet [in Francisco Arcellana, ed., Philippine PEN Anthology of Short Stories 1962 , International PEN, Philippine Chapter, 1962: 178-184].

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