About the Fellows

Si Genevieve L. Asenjo ang awtor ng nobelang Lumbay ng Dila (2010); Komposo ni Dandansoy (2007), koleksyon ng mga kuwento sa Hiligaynon at may salin sa Filipino; Pula ang Kulay ng Text Message (2006), koleksyon ng mga tula sa Kinaray-a at may salin sa Filipino, at taga-uma@manila(2005), koleksyon ng mga kuwento sa Kinaray-a. Tagapagsalin sa Kinaray-a at Filipino ng international bestselling picture book na The Mountain that Loved a Bird ni Alice McLerran, Ang Bukid nga Nagpalangga sang/kang Pispis (2006).Kasalukuyan niyang tinatapos ang koleksyon ng mga kuwento na Seoulmate at ang kanyang bagong nobela na Kamatayon sa Isla Boracay.

Nanalo ng Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature para sa mga kuwento niya sa Hiligaynon: unang gantimpala para sa “Turagsoy” (2005), pangalawang gantimpala para sa “Si Beryong Balikbayan (2004) at “taga-uma@manila”(2002). Nanalo naman sa Gawad Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ang kanyang mga tula: unang gantimpala para sa “Sa Gihapon, Palangga, ang Uran” (2008) at pangalawang gantimpala para sa “Ang Kamingaw sang Dila” (2007).Centennial Model Iskolar ng Bayan Awardee (Literary Arts) noong 2008 ng UP in the Visayas sa Miag-ao, Iloilo saan nagtapos siya ng BA Literature,Overseas Writing Fellow sa Seoul, Korea ng 2009, at Gawad La Sallian sa Filipino sa De La Salle University-Manila ng 2010. Kasalukuyan siyang

Associate Professor, Graduate Programs Coordinator at Chair ng Dept. of Literature, at Associate for Poetry ng Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center ng De La Salle University-Manila. Founder at Director ng BalaySugidanun (Storytelling House) – http://balaysugidanun.com – saan nagtataguyod siya ng patimpalak sa pagsusulat sa Kinaray-a at naglilimbag ng mga akda sa iba’t ibang wika sa Visayas, gayundin ng pagsasalin.


Ronald Baytan holds a Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of the Philippines.  He is an associate professor of Literature at De La Salle University where he teaches creative writing, Philippine literature, and gay/queer studies.

The Queen Sings the Blues: Poems 1992-2002, his first book of poetry, was published in by Anvil in 2007.  The Queen Lives Alone: Personal Essays, his second book, is coming out this year.  He was a Fellow for Poetry in the 1996 UP Writers’ Workshop in Baguio and the 1997 National Summer Writers’ Workshop in Dumaguete.  He won a Palanca (essay) for “The Queen of the Orient:  Vignettes about Mama” in 1998.


With 30 features and more than a hundred short films under his belt, including Squatterpunk (Rotterdam 2007), The Muzzled Horse Of An Engineer In Search Of Mechanical Saddles (Berlinale 2008) and Manila In The Fangs Of Darkness (Viennale 2008), Khavn De La Cruz, once the proprietor of the late 90s go-to place for local artists Oracafe, has been called the father of Philippine digital filmmaking. He has served as jury member at the Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand , CPH:DOX, Jeonju, Jihlava, & Dok Leipzig film festivals and is the festival director of .MOV International Film, Music, & Literature Festival, the 4th edition
of which will happen this September 1 to 3. He is also a Palanca-winning poet and fictionist and selected thrice in the National Writers Workshop. The UP Press will publish his 4th book Shockbox, which he completed while he was in a writing residency in
Ventspils International Writers House, Latvia. Khavn is also an award-winning songwriter and has performed his solo piano compositions all over. His post-kundiman sextet Vigo recently had a 12-concert tour in Denmark and his new-folk duo Fando & Lis will release their album on June. His band The Brockas is very loud. www.khavndelacruz.org


German Villanueva Gervacio

Nagwagi ng Palanca ang kanyang mga tula (Huling Hirit ni San Jose at Iba Pang mga Tula, 2nd Prize, 1994), maikling kathang pambata (Si Tanya, ang Uwak na Gustong Pumuti, 1st Prize, 1998) at maikling kuwento (Sinsil Boys, 1st Prize, 1999). Apat na beses nagwagi sa HomeLife Magazine National Poetry Competition. Nagwagi rin sa mga patimpalak tulad ng Dionatext at Textanaga.

Ang kanyang mga akda ay nakasama sa mga antolohiya at jornal tulad ng Ani 22 ng CCP, UP Likhaan Anthologies (1998, 1999), Relasyon (1999), Subverso (2006), Ipuipo sa Piging(2010), Mondo Marcos (2010) Aday, Alimbayaw(Philippine Collegian Journal, 1998-1999), Mindanao Forum(2010) Langkit (2011)  atbp.  Nakapaglathala sa mga mgasin at pahayagan tulad ng Philippine Free Press, Philippine Panorama, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Pilosopong Tasyo, Liwayway, Philippine Chronicle, Philippine Collegian atbp.  Co-editor ng librong “Writing to the Music of Pestle-on-Mortar”(2003). Awtor ng storybook na “Si Tanya, ang Uwak na Gustong Pumuti” (2009). Awtor ng Dulang “Si Tanya, ang Uwak na Gustong Pumuti” na itinanghal sa iba’t ibang eskuwelahan sa Iligan at La Salle Zobel (2006, 2009). Ang kanyang nobelang “Hari Manawari ay nakatakdang lumabas sa Abril 2011 at ang librong “Isandaan at Isang Bugtong na Hindi Alam ng Titser Mo” ay nasa ilalim ng negosasyon ng isang publikasyon. Awtor ng dulang “Babuyan Island” na itinanghal ng Integrated Performing Arts Guild o IPAG at  ng Xavier University sa CCP noong feb 6, 2011.


Nerisa del Carmen Guevara was a medicine student once at the University of SantoTomas. She graduated with a B.S. Biology degree in the same Univeristy in 1993.

She finished her Master of Arts Major in Creative Writing without revisions last April, 2004 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Creative Non-Fiction in the same university.

She was Thomasian Poet of the Year with a record-breaking grand slam of first, second and third places in the USTETIKA in 1995. She was an Amelia Lapena Awardee for Poetry in 1996 and then in 1997, a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awardee for Poetry in English once in 1999.

She was an apprentice pangalay dancer of the Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa Alun-alun Dance Circle from 2000-2003. She has performed with Grace Nono, Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander and Pinikpikan. She won the 2004 Silver Cup in Dance Solo at the April Spring Festival at Pyongyang, North Korea.

She has independently produced her first book and CD of songs called Reaching Destination, Poems and the Search for Home. It was a Finalist for the National Book Awards 2005 and the UP Madrigal First Book Awards 2005. It was the only album to receive a Special Citation for Best Secular Album in the 27th Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Intersted in multimedia, she produced a music video for MTV in 2006 “End to the Full Moon” in collaboration with Aia De Leon of Imago, CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee Louie Cordero and Lara Agulto of Death by Tampon.

She was lauded as one of the ALLIW New Stars of Now Generation of Philippine Women Writers by Ateneo in 2006 where her works are kept as archives available to Ateneo students.

She has recently participated in the TABOAN International Writers Festival in Davao.

She teaches full time in the undergraduate and graduate schools at the University of Sto. Tomas.

She is currently the producer of a 12 documentary film project called Ano Ba Talaga ang Art? for Humanities Students of UST.


Clarissa V. Militante graduated from De La Salle University, Taft, with an AB Literature degree. She was the founding editor of the university’s literary magazine, Malate Journal. After leaving college, she didn’t pursue a literary career, but worked professionally as a journalist. She published one short story in Filipino in 1987 in the
magazine National Midweek. She was a reporter/staff writer for the local news agency, Philippine News and Features in the late 1980s until mid-’90s. She also became Special Reports editor of www.gmanews.tv in 2006. In between these two stints in the news media, she mostly took editorial consultancy and writing jobs with non-government organizations.

Ms. Militante is just starting her ‘literary career’. Her novel “Different Countries” was longlisted in the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize; it was published by Anvil in 2010.


Jenny Ortuoste is a newspaper columnist, sportswriter, and broadcaster. She writes two columns for Manila Standard-Today: “Pop Goes the World” for the op-ed page every Thursday, and “The Hoarse Whisperer”, on horseracing for the sports page every Wednesday. Jenny also writes articles and produces magazines for the horseracing industry, and produces content (speeches, columns) for private clients. In 1993 Solar Books published her romance novel “Fire and Ice”, her only foray so far into fiction.


Allan Justo Pastrana is a faculty member of the University of Sto. Tomas Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with Music Literature and Piano Performance degrees. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

He had been a fellow for poetry at the University of the Philippines and Dumaguete National Writers Workshops. He was two-time Thomasian Poet of the Year and a recipient of the Rector’s Literary Award during his college days. He bagged the Grand Prize in the English Division of the Maningning Miclat Award for Poetry in 2005 and won Third Prize for Essay in the 2007 Palanca Literary Awards.

He occasionally writes music reviews for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He resides in the New Bilibid Prison Reservation in Muntinlupa City.


Si Axel Pinpin ang may-akda ng Tugmaang Matatabil – Mga Akdang Isinulat sa Libingan ng mga Buhay (Southern Voices, 2008) – antolohiya ng kanyang mga tula na nabuo sa 28-buwan na pagiging detenidong politikal. Nominado ang aklat sa 2010 Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=172010052822698 Bago ito, lakas-loob niyang inilathala ang Tugmaang Walang Tugma noong 1999, na ayon sa kritikong si Gelacio Guillermo ay anarcho-romanticism ng may-akda. Malayung-malayo sa mga rebolusyunaryong tula sa Tugmaang Matatabil.

Nagbabakasakali ngayon si Pinpin sa mga pinahabang maikling kwento at manaka-naka’y pinaiksing short story. Napabilang sa Kuwentong Paspasan (Milflores, 2007) ang una niyang flash fiction na ipinagpalagay sa isang artikulo ng mga book review sa Sunday Inquirer Magazine na isa sa mga Best Picks. http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/sim/sim/view/20080330-127273/Day-of-Books Naging fellow rin para sa Poetry in Filipino si Pinpin sa 35th UP National Writers Workshop.


Yvette Tan is a multi-awarded Manila-based horror writer. Her fiction has been published in The Philippines Free Press, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Manila Times, Uno magazine, Rogue magazine, Story Philippines and Philippine Genre Stories, among others, and has appeared in anthologies such as Sleepless in Manila and Philippine Speculative Fiction II and III.

She is also a freelance writer who has written on various topics from food to fashion and beauty to personalities to travel to interiors — basically everything that isn’t politics — for publications such as Preview, the Philippine Star, Metro Home, Asian Traveler and Appetite.

She currently has a column on gmanews.tv.

She likes traveling, lip gloss and steak, and is currently trying to live a minimalist lifestyle by having as little physical effects as possible (she’ll let you know when she succeeds). She has one cat who is down to her last 5 lives.

Her first book, Waking the Dead, came out in 2009 under Anvil Publishing.


Si J.I.E. Teodoro ay isang premyadong manunulat na tubong San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. Assistant Professor siya ng Filipino sa Miriam College, Lungsod Quezon. Nagtapos siya ng M.F.A. in Creative Writing
sa De La Salle University-Manila. Nakatira siya kasama ang walong koi at isang aso sa isang maliit ngunit makulay na bahay sa Lungsod Pasig. Kontribyutor siya ng mga sanaysay ng paglalakbay, mga rebyu ng libro at pelikula sa GMANEWS Online at The Daily Tribune. May ilang blogs siyang inaalagaan: jieteodoro.blogspot.com,  bantaytvatpelikula.blogspot.com, at katawgwapa.blogspot.com.


John Torres is a screenwriter, producer, and director of several independent features and experimental short films.

He won the 2005 Cinemanila award for Best Short Film and the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema for his short film, Salat. In 2006, John was awarded the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 25th Vancouver International Film Festival for his debut feature, Todo Todo Teros. He also won the NETPAC and FIPRESCI critics awards at the 2006 Singapore International Film Festival and a Jury Special Mention at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival. In 2007, the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Film Critics of the Philippines) nominated his film in four categories, namely: Best Screenplay, Best Editing (won), Best Director, and Best Picture. His second feature film, Years When I was a Child Outside, funded by the Hubert Bals Fund and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, was awarded a Jury Special Mention in the Southeast Asian Competition of the 2008 Bangkok International Festival and the Grand Jury Prize in the 2007 Cinemanila International Film Festival. It was screened in competition in Rotterdam and in Berlin Forum Expanded as a multi-channel work. His third feature, Ang Ninanais (Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song), competed in Torino, Wroclaw, and Mexico City, and was shown in festivals in the Netherlands, Slovenia, Ireland, and Argentina, among others. It received a special award from the 2008 Jeonju Digital Project of the Jeonju International Film Festival.


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