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Jim Pascual Agustin

Jim Pascual Agustin was born on 31 March 1969 in what was then rural Marikina. He grew up in a communal house with an ever-increasing number of cousins, or at least that is what he remembers. His father was the late Pedro E. Agustin who served at the Philippine Air Force. His mother Rizalina became his first teacher at the local public school in Barangka.

He considers the late Fr. James O’Brien, SJ, founder of the Tulong-Dunong Tutoring Program at the Ateneo de Manila High School, as the one major influence in introducing him to the world of literature. It was this generous Jesuit who made it possible for Agustin to enter the Ateneo de Manila High School through a scholarship grant. He graduated at the AdM HS in 1986, a month after Corazon Aquino took over from the Marcos dictatorship.

Jim Pascual Agustin’s work began to be published in major national papers, magazines and journals even before he earned his AB Literature degree at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1990. He was editor of Heights, the university literary journal. He participated in the national writers workshops run by the University of the Philippines (1990) and Iligan University (1994).

His early books are Beneath an Angry Star (Anvil, 1992) and, with poet friends Argee Guevarra and Neal Imperial, Salimbayan (Publikasyong Sipat, 1994). In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas released his two new collections of poetry,Baha-bahagdang Karupukan and Alien to Any Skin.

He has lived in Cape Town, South Africa since October 1994 with his wife Margaret, twin daughters Kiara Silayan and Nina Amihan.

Jim Pascual Agustin writes in Filipino and English.  He keeps a blog of random thoughts on www.matangmanok.wordpress.com

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