† Cirilo F. Bautista
A multi-awarded poet, Cirilo F. Bautista holds a D.A. in Language and Literature from De La Salle University.
He has published poetry, fiction, and criticism including Boneyard Breaking, Sugat ng Salita, The Archipelago, Telex Moon, Summer Suns, Charts, The Cave and Other Poems, Kirot ng Kataga, and Bullets and Roses: The Poetry of Amado V. Hernandez. His novel Galaw ng Asoge was published by the University of Sto. Tomas Press in 2004. His poems have appeared in major literary journals, papers, and magazines in the Philippines and in anthologies published in the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, China, Romania, Hong Kong, Germany, and Malaysia.
He is a co-founding member of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC). Winner of the Palanca Hall of Fame Award, Bautista was hailed in 1993 as Makata ng Taon by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino for winning the poetry contest sponsored by the government. The last part of his epic trilogy The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus, entitled Sunlight on Broken Stones, won the Centennial Prize for the Epic in 1998. He was an exchange professor in Waseda University and Ohio University. He became an Honorary Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa in 1969, and was a visiting writer at Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1987.
Isagani R. Cruz
Dr. Isagani R. Cruz holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland. He is a Full Professor and University Fellow at De La Salle University where he holds the Alfredo E. Litiatco Chair in Literature. His books include Beyond Futility: The Filipino as Critic, Movie Times, Tatlong Dula Mula sa Southeast Asia, Josephine at iba pang Dula, Jaime N. Ferrer as Public Servant, Filipino para sa Pilipino, and A Dictionary of Philippine English.
Dr. Isagani R. Cruz has won twelve Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his plays, essays, and short stories in Filipino and English. He was a SEAWRITE awardee in 1991. He has received numerous grants from Fulbright, the British Council, Japan Foundation, Toyota Foundation, and others. He has also been on the faculty of universities abroad including Ohio University, Waseda University, and Oxford University.
Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.
A Full Professor at De La Salle University, Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Film) from the University of Iowa. He teaches film with and chairs the Department of Communication. Del Mundo wrote the screenplays of the films Maynila… Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag, Batch ‘81, Kisapmata, ‘Merika, Itim, Aliwan Paradise, Kakabakaba Ka Ba?, Mulanay… Sa Pusod ng Paraiso, and Bayaning Third World. He has won screenwriting awards from the Film Academy of the Philippines, FAMAS (Filipino Academy for Movie Arts and Sciences), Urian (Filipino Film Critics), Catholic Mass Media Awards, and the Manila Film Festival.
He also has a number of short films, videos, and television programs to his credit. He was an exchange researcher at Waseda University in 1996. He has been the Regional Coordinator for the Asian Cinema Journal since 1995. Del Mundo is at present the holder of the Gocolay Distinguished Professorial Chair in Communication Arts.
Marjorie M. Evasco
Marjorie M. Evasco is a Full Professor at De La Salle University. She has published two books of poems entitled Dreamweavers and Ochre Tones. Her other books include A Legacy of Light: 100 Years of Sun Life in the Philippines, Six Women Poets: Inter/Views co-written with Edna Manlapaz, Kung Ibig Mo: Love Poetry by Womenco-edited with Benilda Santos and A Life Shaped by Music: Andrea O. Veneracion and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
Her poetry has been anthologized in international publications like Frauen auf den Philippinen (Germany) and Frank(Paris). Her works have also been published in the United States, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, India and Canada. Evasco is also an award-winning prose writer, winning Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for her essays.
Evasco has received writing residency grants from the Bellagio Studies and Conference Center of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat, and was Honorary Writing Fellow in the 35th International Writing Program of the University of Iowa.
Ernesto V. Carandang II (Fiction)
Ernesto V. Carandang, also known as Nonon Carandang, is the current Chair/Head of the Department of Filipino and a Full Professor at the De La Salle University, teaching and focusing his research on literature, language, culture, creative writing, journalism, and humanities. He earned his Doctor of Fine Arts major in Creative Writing from De La Salle University. He already published two collections of short stories namely Angkan ni Eba (Eve’s Kindred, 2005) and Lahi ni Adan (Adam’s Lineage, 2007), both released by the UST Publishing House. He is the recipient of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) Young Writers Grant where he published a collection of short stories titled, Mga Kuwentong Lagalag (Tales of Wanderings) as part of the NCCA Ubod Writers Series. He is an active contributor to local and foreign magazines, journals, and literary anthologies and has edited a number of books/anthologies. He attended various national creative writing workshops, with the 53rd U.P. National Writers Workshop being the most recent in 2014. He is a visiting professor at the University of Mahidol in Salaya, Thailand last 2015. He actively sings and manages his choir as its founding Director, the Neo Nocturne, since 2007 and has performed and won awards in the country and abroad.
Carlito P. Casaje (Theater)
Lito P. Casaje is a seven-time Palanca and five-time CCP award-winning playwright/screenwriter/short filmmaker, theatre and independent film practitioner, optometrist and cancer survivor. He obtained his Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Diliman and currently teaches Literature, Playwriting and Humanities at the De La Salle University Manila. He is president and artistic director of Dramatis Personae, an alternative theatre/film/events production company which he co-founded in 1989 with the late multi-award-winning playwright, Bienvenido M. Noriega,Jr. Lito is also a recipient of awards/citations/grants from the ECP, NCCA, CMMA, FAP and the University of Exeter Playwrights’ Festival. He has attended in London an advanced theatre directing workshop under the auspices of the British Council, a recipient of a cultural grant to Berlin by the Goethe-Institut, to Stockholm’s Strindberg Festival awarded by the Swedish Institute, and to Oslo’s Ibsen International Stage Festival by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His anthology of award-winning plays, ‘Mga Premyadong Dula,” recipient of Manila Critics Circle 2006 National Book Award, published by the De La Salle University Press, is currently available at the Solidaridad Bookstore.
Genaro R. Gojo Cruz (Children’s Literature)
Si Genaro R. Gojo Cruz ay nagtapos ng kursong BSE Major in Social Science sa Philippine Normal University at ng Masters major in Philippine Studies sa De La Salle University-Manila. Kasalukuyan niyang tinatapos ang kursong Doktor sa Pilosopiya sa Araling Filipino sa DLSU-Manila bilang isang iskolar. Nagwagi ng mga Unang Gantimpala sa mga patimpalak-pampanitikan tulad ng Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (2002 at 2009), Pambansang Gawad Ka Amado (2002 at 2003), Makata ng Taon (2004 at 2007), PBBY-Salanga Writers Prize (2016 at 2017) at Romeo Forbes Story Writing Contest (2016). Awtor siya ng mahigit 60 aklat-pambata. Kasalukuyan siyang nagtuturo sa De La Salle University-Manila at Philippine Normal University. Pangarap niyang magkaroon ng mobile library para sa mga batang Pilipino. Naniniwala siyang higit na madali ang pagtuturo ng pagbasa sa mga bata kung ito ay nakabatay sa kanilang mga kakayahan, karanasan at kultura. Sa kaniyang mga libreng oras, nagtuturo siya ng pagsulat at nagkukuwento pa rin sa mga bata lalo na sa mga pampublikong paaralan.
Ana Maria Katigbak-Lacuesta (Poetry)
Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta has authored three poetry books, including The Proxy Eros (2008), Burning Houses (2013), and Hush Harbor (2017). She is the coeditor of Fast Food Fiction Delivery (2014). She earned a BA from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and an MFA from the New School University. She has edited and co-edited various literary anthologies, including Metro Serye, a foldout zine featuring new fiction, poetry, and graphic art, as well as contemporary Filipino poetry anthologies for the Cordite Poetry Review and Vagabond Press. She has received a number of prizes for her work, including the Philippines Free Press Award for Poetry in 2007, and four Palanca awards for poetry in English: The Proxy Eros (2006); Sli(e)ghts (2008); We Won’t Be Tending Gardens (2014); and Hush Harbor (2016). She was the Filipino delegate to the 2012 Medellin Poetry Festival, the 2016 Macau Literary Festival, and the 2017 Poetry International Festival Rotterdam. In 2015, she completed a writing residency for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.Her book Hush Harbor recently won the St. Miguel Febres Cordero Research and Publication Award at De La Salle University. She is currently the Associate for Poetry of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.
Shirley O. Lua (Literary Studies)
Shirley O. Lua is an associate professor of literature and cultural studies at De La Salle University. n Philippine Literature, diaspora studies, and genre studies. She is a member of the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists); UMPIL (Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas); and the Manila Critics Circle, which hands out the National Book Awards annually to the best books published in the Philippines. She wrote the texts for 44 Cineastas Filipinos, a coffee-table book on Filipino filmmakers. She served as the associate editor of Direk: Essays on Filipino Filmmakers (DLSU Publishing House, 2018). Her essays and creative works have appeared in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and journals. She is former director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (2011-2017).
Ma. Carla S. Pacis (Nonfiction)
Carla Pacis is well-known for her books for young adults and children such as Mayroon Akong Alagang
Puno (1998); A Sea of Stories. Tales of Sulu (2000); Birdflight (2000); Enrique El Negro (2003); Of Jars and Weaves, Terraces and Beads: Icons of Our Living Culture (2006); and The Grand Parade (2009). She is the founding member of Kwentista ng mga Tsikiting (Kuting) and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Katrina Tuvera Quimbo (Fiction)
Katrina Tuvera Quimbo has two major works: Testament and Other Stories (2003) and the novel The Jupiter Effect (2006). Her awards include: First Prize, Fiction in English from the Palanca Award (1994); Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Award for Fiction (2003); Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Award/Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel (2007); Hawthornden International Writers Fellowship in Scotland (2004); and the Bogliasco Fellowship in Italy (2011).
John Iremil E. Teodoro (Regional Literature)
John Iremil Teodoro is from San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. He is Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator at the Literature Department in the College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature from DLSU. He is a multi-awarded writer in Kinaray-a, Filipino, Hiligaynon, and English. He is the author of more than 12 books and his collection of short essays Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa won the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board. Teodoro is also a scholar of Hiligaynon Literature. He contributes reviews, travel pieces, and cultural reportage to AGUNG, The Daily Tribune, and Liwayway magazine. He is presently the Secretary General of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL or the Writers Union of the Philippines.) On weekdays he lives in a condominium unit with a view of Manila Bay and on weekends he lives in Pasig City where he owns a small garden with bougainvilleas. At present, he is the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Literature Department and a well-loved Associate for Regional Literature of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.
Rolando B. Tolentino (Criticism)
Rolando B. Tolentino is faculty of University of the Philippines Film Institute and former dean of the UP College of Mass Communication. He is Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing where he also serves as fellow. He has taught at the Osaka University, National University of Singapore, and University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Philippine literature, popular culture, cinema and media, interfacing national and transnational issues. He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group), Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network), and Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP).
Jose Victor Z. Torres (History & Drama)
A multi-awarded writer, Palanca award-winning playwright, and essayist, Dr. Jose Victor Z. Torres is an associate professor at the History Department of the De La Salle University-Manila and Associate Director for Drama and History at the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center in the same university. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Graduate School. A former researcher of the Intramuros Administration, his book Ciudad Murada: A Walk Through Historic Intramuros (published by Vibal Publishing) won the National Book Award for Travel Writing in 2006 and in 2017, his collection of essays To the Person Sitting in Darkness and Other Footnotes in Philippine History was awarded the National Book Award for Essays in English. He is the author and editor of books on Philippine history and culture and a contributor of articles on history and culture to local magazines and journals.