Panelists

Panelists


Gémino H. Abad

Gémino H. Abad, University Professor emeritus of literature and creative writing, is a poet, fictionist, and literary critic and historian, with various honors and awards. In 2009, he received Italy’s Premio Feronia (“Foreign author  category”) for his poetry, published later as Dove le parole non si spezzano (Roma: Edizioni Ensemble, 2015). Where No Words Break (2014) is his tenth poetry collection, and Past Mountain Dreaming (2010), his ninth collection of critical essays; he has two collections of short stories, Orion’s Belt (1996) and A Makeshift Sun (2001). He is known also for his three-volume anthology of Filipino poetry in English from 1905 to the 1990s – Man of Earth (1989), A Native Clearing (1993), and A Habit of Shores (1999); and a six-volume anthology of Filipino short stories in English from 1956 to 2008 – Upon Our Own Ground (2008), Underground Spirit (2010), and Hoard of Thunder (2012). He obtained his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago in 1970, and continues to teach at U.P. where he has served as Secretary of the University, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Director of the U.P. Creative Writing Center (now an Institute).


Virgilio S. Almario

Nangungunang makata, kritiko, editor, tagasalin, guro, at administrador pangkultura, SI VIRGILIO S. ALMARIO ay ginawaran ng pinakapremyadong parangal ng Republika ng Filipinas bilang National Artist for Literature noong 2003.

Bilang makata, tagasalin, at kritiko, isa siya sa mga nagsulong ng matagumpay na Modernismo sa panulaang Filipino kasama sina Lamberto E. Antonio at Rogelio G. Mangahas. Nakapaglathala siya ng mahigit 80 aklat sa tula at kritisismong pampanitikan sa loob ng anim na dekadang paglilingkod bilang makata at guro. Ilan sa mga mga pinakabago niyang koleksiyon ng tula ay Ang Romansa ng Pagsagip ng Osong Marso (2013), Lungting Lungsod ng Lunggati (2014), at May mga Damdaming Higit Kaysa Atin (2015). Isinalin na rin ang kaniyang mga tula sa mga nangungunang wika sa mundo gaya ng Ingles sa librong Heartland (2016) at sa librong In the Hour of Merchant and Felon (2016); at sa wikang Español sa librong En tiempos de la vendedora y del criminal (2016).

Pinarangalan ang kaniyang mga ambag sa wika’t panitikan ng Don Palanca Memorial Awards, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Ten Outstanding Young Men for Literature,  Southeast Asia Writers Award ng Thailand, Dangal ng Lipi ng Bulacan, Gawad Patnubay ng Sining ng Maynila, Gantimpalang Quezon ng Lungsod Quezon, National book Awards, Gawad Tsanselor at UP Centennial Professorial Chair ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman, Doktor sa Panitikan, honoris causa mula sa University of the East, at marami pang iba.

Malaking bahagi ng kaniyang buhay ang inilaan niya sa pagiging guro. Nagturo siya sa Philippine Science High School at sa Ateneo de Manila University. Ginawaran naman siya ng ranggong Professor Emeritus ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman noong 2010.

Bilang administrador pangkultura, naglingkod siya bilang Dekano ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura sa UP Diliman at dating Executive Director ng National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Kasalukuyan siyang naglilingkod bilang Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at ng NCCA.


Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.

Jose Y. Dalisay Jr. (Butch Dalisay to readers of his “Penman” column in the Philippine STAR) was born in Romblon, Philippines in 1954.

As of January 2006, he had published 15 books of his stories, plays, and essays, with five of those books receiving the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle. In 1998, he was named to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Centennial Honors List for his work as a playwright and fictionist.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1984 (AB English, cum laude), the University of Michigan (MFA, 1988) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (PhD English, 1991). He teaches English and Creative Writing as a full professor at the University of the Philippines, where he also serves as coordinator of the creative writing program and as an Associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. After serving as chairman of the English Department, he became Vice President for Public Affairs of the UP System from May 2003 to February 2005.

Among his distinctions, he has won 16 Palanca Awards in five genres (entering the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2000), five Cultural Center of the Philippines awards for playwriting, and Famas, Urian, Star and Catholic Film awards and citations for his screenplays. He was named one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of 1993 for his creative writing. He has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden, David TK Wong, Rockefeller, and British Council fellow.

(Taken from panitikan.com.ph)


Eugene Y. Evasco

Si Eugene Y. Evasco ay manunulat, editor, tagasalin, at kolektor ng mga aklat pambata. Kasalukuyan siyang Professor ng panitikan at malikhaing pagsulat sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, UP Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura. Ilan sa mga aklat niya ang Mga Pilat sa Pilak: Mga Personal na Sanaysay (UST Publishing House), May Tiyanak sa Loob ng Aking Bag: Mga Tulang Pambata (Anvil), Ang Singsing-Pari sa Pisara (Lampara), Ang Nag-iisa at Natatanging si Onyok (Lampara) at ang salin ng Charlotte’s Web (Lampara) ni E.B. White at The Secret (Anvil) ni Lin-Acacio Flores. Nagwagi siya noong 2014 ng UP Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino (Kategorya ng Malikhaing Pagsulat). Naging bahagi siya sa Hall of Fame ng Carlos Palanca Award for Literature noong 2009, dalawang ulit nagwagi ng Grand Prize sa Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Makata ng Taon 2000, National Children’s Book Award, at National Book Award para sa Young Adult Literature. Kasakuluyan siyang Associate ng UP Institute of Creative Writing. Naging Research Fellow siya noong 2016 sa International Youth Library sa Munich, Germany upang manaliksik sa mga aklat pambata na may temang LGBT.


J. Neil C. Garcia

J. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a fellow for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Performing the Self:Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness(2005), Misterios and Other Poems (2005), and Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques(2003). In 2009, Hong Kong University Press published its own international edition of his Philippine Gay Culture(1996). Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famous Ladlad series of Philippine gay writing. Another important anthology that he edited is Aura: the Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012. His most recent books are The Postcolonial Perverse: Critiques of Contemporary Philippine Culture, and Homeless in Unhomeliness: Postcolonial Critiques of Philippine Literature, both published in 2014. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.


Vladimeir Gonzales

Vlad Gonzales is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and popular culture.  His works have received recognition from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.  He was a writing fellow in various national workshops (UP in 2002 and 2009, Iyas in 2005, Iligan in 2005), and is currently an associate at the UP Institute of Creative Writing.  He released two books under Milflores Publishing House—Isang Napakalaking Kaastigan and A-side/B-side: ang mga Piso sa Jukebox ng Buhay Mo.  He co-wrote Dulaang UP’s Rizal X in 2011, and adapted the following works for the stage in the following years: Elevator Action (adaptation of The Dumb Waiter, Dulaang Laboratoryo, 2012); Pitong Patibong (adaptation of The Seven Deadly Sins of the Bourgeoisie, Dulaang Laboratoryo, 2013), Adarna (adaptation of Ibong Adarna, Dulaang UP, 2013), Mal (taken from The Trojan Women by Euripides, Dulaang Laboratoryo, 2014),  Meta: mga Aralin sa Pagsasalaysay (featuring the adventures of Pilandok and an adaptation of Fin Kennedy’s The Unravelling, Dulaang Laboratoryo, 2016), Ang Putting Ahas (translation of Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, UP Dulaang Laboratoryo 2016), and Deliryo sa El Niño (adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, De La Salle University Dasmariñas 2016).  He wrote the original short play Si Nelson, ang Nanay, ang Pancit Canton for the Short and Sweet Manila festival (2015), and We Choose to Go to the Moon for the Fringe Manila International Arts Festival (2016).  He regularly updates his Website, vladgonzales.net.


Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo has published more than 40 books, including 2 novels, 5 collections of short stories and tales, 13 collections of nonfiction, and five books of critical commentary; and has received several awards for literature and education. She has served as Director of the UP Creative Writing Center, the UP Press, and the UST Publishing House. She was also Vice President for Legal Affairs of the UP System. At present she is a UP Professor Emeritus, and Director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. She teaches graduate creative writing and literature courses in UST and UP.


Bienvenido Lumbera

Kilalang manunulat at iskolar ng kultura at panitikan, si Bienvenido Lumbera ay ipinanganak noong Abril 11, 1932 sa Lipa, Batangas. Nag-aral sa Unibersidad de Santo Tomas noong 1950 at sa Indiana University noong 1967. Naging propesor din siya sa Osaka University at University of Hawaii sa Manoa, gayundin din sa iba’t ibang unibersidad sa bansa.

Hindi matatawaran ang kontribusyon ni Bien sa larangan ng sining at panitikan. Nakapaglimbag na siya ng mga panandang-bato na antolohiya, nakapagsulat ng iba’t ibang dula tulad ng Tales of the Manuvu, Nasa Puso ang Amerika at Hibik at Himagsik nina Victoria Laktaw. Pinarangalan siya bilang Pambansang Alagad sa Sining at nagkamit na rin ng gawad mula sa Ramon Magsaysay Awards para sa Pamamahayag.

Sa kabila ng buhay sa sining, hindi nakaligtaan ni Bien ang halaga at ugnayan ng kanyang pagiging iskolar, guro at artista sa lipunan at bayan. Kinikilala ang kanyang ambag sa larangan ng pagtatayo ng mga organisasyong nagtataguyod ng pambansang demokrasya. Bukod sa pagiging Professor Emeritus sa UP Diliman, siya rin ang Chairman Emeritus ng Concerned Artists of the Philippines at Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy. Siya rin ang naging tagapanguna sa pagkakatatag ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Philippines na nangangalaga naman sa kagalingan ng mga guro sa Pilipinas.

Maraming beses na rin nakasama si Bien sa mga pambansang kilos-protesta. Patuloy siyang nakikibahagi sa pagsulong ng makatuwirang sahod at karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Inilapat niya sa kanyang mga akda ang buhay at himagsik ng mga magsasaka. Naging lunan ng kanyang mga karanasan noong batas militar ang mga obrang tula at awitin. Sa lahat ng ito, isang dakilang patunay si Bien na ang sining ay marapat lamang magsilbi sa mga uring inaapi at pinagsasamantalahan, habang ito rin ay mabisang paraan upang humukin ang mamamayan na makiisa tungo sa paglaya ng bayan.

mula sa pinoyweekly.org
larawan mula sa NCCA


Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr.

Victor Emmanuel Daelo Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a Professor 3 from the University of the Philippines Diliman on secondment.  As the Director IV of the Philippine High School for the Arts, his programs and projects include Perya ni Andres (2013); Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (2014); Araw ng PHSA (2014), Bayani ng Sining (2014) with The Outhstanding Students of the Philippines Inc.; the Rice Awareness Project (2014) with the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the electrification of the National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, and the establishment of a PHSA Campus in Bay, Laguna.

After taking his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, he became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS (PWD), drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, as well as victims of abuse, calamities, and grief.  During the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Society of Oncology, Inc. on 11 September 2014, he was honored with the Community Service Award for conducting poetry workshops in different cancer wards.  A member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Committee on Literature — he also belongs to the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines’s Culture Committee and the Philippine Center for Gifted Education’s Board of Directors.

He collaborated with Elmer Borlongan who created letras y figuras using iPad in his poetry collection Rizalpabeto (The Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development, 2012).  In his Kayumanggi (UST Publishing House, 2011), Vim’s poems are turned into wearable art by Lorina Javier, photographed by Dominique James, set into music by Fer Edilo, designed by  by Mannet Villariba, and translated by Arvin Mangohig, Vic Nierva, and Francis Quina. The said publication sent him to Bangkok to accept the SEA Write Award from the King of Thailand in 2006. Digital artist and photographer Pinggot Zulueta and layout artist Albert Gamos helped him come up with his poetry anthology Asinta: Mga Tula at Tudla (UST Publishing House, 2002). In 2008, composer Paul Val Peña turned some of those poems into songs in the compact disc Katoto. His novel [H]ISTORYADOR[A] (UP Press, 2006) and epic Mujer Indigena (UP Press, 2000) placed second in the  Centennial Literary Prize in 1998. In 1994, two of his poetry books were nominated to the National Book Award but his 15 Lamang  (De La Salle University Press, 1994) was luckier than his ALIT: Dalit Galit Halit Malit Ngalit Palit Salit (Anvil Publishing House, 1994).

Vim is recognized internationally when he became a South East Asia Write Awardee (2006) as well as nationally when he was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003) and recipient of the Gawad Balagtas (1998) from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. In Manila, he twice received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan —  for Theater (2014) and for Literature  (2010). In his birthplace, he was selected as Natatanging Anak ng Quezon (2003) and  Natatanging Anak ng Tayabas (2006).

Together with his wife Ellay, he founded the Foundation AWIT (Advancing Wellness, Instruction, and Talents) Inc. in 2008 after their four-year old son Awit, who had Global Developmental Delay, succumbed to pneumonia.


Charlson L. Ong

Charlson L. Ong, resident fellow of the Institute of Creative Writing and fictionist/scriptwriter/singer extraordinaire, was born on July 6, 1960. He obtained an A.B. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1977, and currently teaches literature and creative writing under UP’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. He has joined several writers’ workshops here and abroad, and has acquired numerous grants and awards for his fiction, including the Palanca, Free Press, Graphic, Asiaweek, National Book Award, and the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award for Excellence. His novel, Embarrassment of Riches published by UP Press in 2002, won the Centennial Literary Prize. In addition to this, Ong has served as co-editor of the Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction

His short stories range from parodies of well-loved Filipino texts to insightful treatments of Chinese-Filipino culture. These have been collected into Men of the East and Other Stories (1990 and 1999), Woman of Am-Kaw and Other Stories (1993) andConversion and Other Fictions (1996). His second novel is due for publication this year.

(Taken from panitikan.com.ph)


Isabelita Orlina Reyes

Isabelita Orlina Reyes was born on 12 April 1962 in Manila. She obtained her PhD in English Studies: Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. She presently teaches creative writing and Philippine literature in English at UP Diliman, with the College of Arts and Letters’ Department of English and Comparative Literature. Reyes was a literary editor of the of Philippines Free Press in 1997.

She has two books of poetry, Stories from the City (1998) and In Transitives (2006) both published by the UP Press. She edited and directed the design of the UP Centennial coffee table book, Our University After 100 Years. Along with scholar Caroline S. Hau and novelist Katrina Tuvera-Quimbo, she co-edited an anthology of Philippine literature titled Queried which was published by Anvil. The same team has a forth-coming anthology of Philippine writing titled Elite.


Jun Cruz Reyes

Si Jun Cruz Reyes ay isa sa mga natatanging muhon ng wikang Filipino at kamalayang Bulakenyo ng ating panahon. Mula 1993 hanggang 2004, kung kailan siya ay Assistant Professor sa Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, nakapaglabas siya ng maraming libro, kabilang ang Etsa-Puwera na nagkamit ng unang premyo sa National Centennial Literary Contest noong 1998 at National Book Award mula sa Manila Critics Circle noong 2001. Isa rin siyang magaling na guro na binigyan ng parangal bilang pinakamahusay na Assistant Professor ng College of Arts and Letters sa UP Diliman, Most Outstanding Faculty sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines, at ng isang Writing Grant mula sa UP Office of the Chancellor at Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs noong 2003. Si Reyes ay kinikilala rin sa marami pang unibersidad tulad ng Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, at University of Sto. Tomas, na kadalasang iniimbitahan siyang maging panelist, judge o tagapagsalita sa mga palihan at patimpalak. Abala rin siya sa pagiging judge sa mga pambansang patimpalak gaya ng Palanca Awards at NCCA Writers Prize.

Ginawaran siya ng Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas ng Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas noong 2002. Sa taong iyon din siya hinirang bilang Most Outstanding Alumni for Literature and the Arts ng Hagonoy Institute noong Diamond Anniversary nito. Patuloy na isinusulong ni Reyes ang kamalayan para sa kanyang bayan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng libreng workshop sa pagsusulat, journalism, pelikulang dokumentaryo, pagpipinta at iba pa, sa kanyang bahay sa Bulacan. Editor-in-Chief din siya ng D yaryo Hagonoy , kasalakuyan niyang tinatapos ang pag-akda sa Hagonoy, Paghilom sa Kasaysayan . Muling nilathala ng UP Press ang kanyang Utos ng Harinoong 2002. Ang pinakabago niyang aklat ay ang Armando na inilabas ngayong taon. Patuloy siyang nagtuturo ng pagsusulat sa UP.

(Taken from panitikan.com.ph)


Luna Sicat Cleto

Luna Sicat Cleto is a playwright and essayist. She is also the author of two novels, Makinilyang Altar (UP Press, 2003) and Mga Prodigal (Anvil, 2010). Her poetry, drama and short fiction have been anthologized in Ang Labintatlong Mga Pasaway (Visprint, 2015), Telon: Antolohiya ng mga Dula (NCCA,2015), and Paano Ba Magbasa ng Panitikan? (UP Press, 2006), among others. She is an Associate and Deputy Director at the UP Institute for Creative Writing. She is also a Board Member of the Women Playwrights International-Philippines.

 


Rolando B. Tolentino

Si Rolando B. Tolentino ay fakulti ng University of the Philippines Film Institute at dating dekano ng UP College of Mass Communication.  Siya ay nakapagturo sa Osaka University, National University of Singapore, at University of California, Berkeley.  Ang kanyang interes sa panananliksik ay panitikan, kulturang popular, pelikula at midya sa Filipinas, gamit ang pagkakasalikop ng mga isyung nasyonal at transnasyonal.  Nagsusulat din siya ng katha at sanaysay, at fellow ng UP Institute of Creative Writing.  Siya ay kasapi ng Manunuri ng Pelikulang Filipino, AlterMidya (People’s Alternative Media Network), at Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP).