Daryll Delgado’s first book of short stories, After the Body Displaces Water (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2012), won the 32nd National Book Award for Short Fiction, and was a finalist in the Madrigal-Gonzales First Book Award. She has also received a Philippines Free Press award for her fiction in 2010. Her short stories and essays have been published in national publications and academic journals. She has been a lecturer at the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College. She currently works for the Southeast Asia office of an international labor and human rights NGO headquartered in Massachusetts. Daryll has a BA in Journalism and MA in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines. She currently resides in Quezon City with her husband, William. She was born and raised in Tacloban City, and continues to call Tacloban home.
is a Manila-based writer and editor. She has edited three books and helmedas chief editor six glossies—four women’s and parenting titles, one on deep ecology, and most recently, a magazine for the maritime community and their families. She is currently the editor of Manila Bulletin’s Business Agenda, and edits technical papers for international humanitarian groups such as Oxfam. As head of Blended Learning Services, Inc., she runs a school in Quezon City, and partners with people around the Philippines to bring literature-based and values-rich education to children. She has twin boys, a teenage girl, four dogs, and three cats—a wonderful formula for chaos, and an antidote to boredom.
Leoncio Alhambra Amadore
was in government service for 43 years, the last nine years as Director of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. He has a PhD in Meteorology from the University of the Philippines, and was a UNDP/WMO Fellow in Numerical Weather Prediction (1975 to 76) and in Weather Modification (1973) at the University of Miami, Florida. He served as technical adviser to Philippine delegations to the Climate Change Convention and Conference of Parties meetings, and was headed delegations to several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meetings and SBSTA/SBI sessions. He received the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Atmospheric Scientist Achievement Award in 2002, Civil Service Pag-asa Award in 1984, and several Plaques of Recognition. He has a number of international and local technical publications, the most recent being about impacts of climate change/variability and extreme climate events. He continues working on climate change issues and weather systems affecting the Philippines. He is a regular member of NRCP, an ex-officio member of the Philippine Meteorological Society, and a Professorial Lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, College of Science, University of the Philippines. He is known in the Philippines as “The Godfather of Climate Science.”
is a distinguished Filipino poet and Carlos Palanca award winner. He was awarded the Southeast Asian Writers (SEA Write) Award for poetry in 2011. An assistant professor at the University of the Philippines’ College of Arts and Letters, Baquiran is the author of Mga Tula Ng Paglusong (1982), Onyx (2003), the collection of essays Sagad sa Buto: Hospital Diary At Iba Pang Sanaysay (2010), and the poetry book Kung Nanaisin (2012) which won the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle.
Filipino-Australian writer, performer, and academic Merlinda Bobis haspublished three novels, a collection of short stories, five poetrybooks, a monograph on creative research, and scholarly essays oncreative-critical production, militarism, migration, and thetransnational imaginary. Her various awards include the Prix Italia,the Australian Writers’ Guild Award, the Steele Rudd Award for theBest Published Collection of Australian Short Stories, the PhilippineNational Book Award, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature,and the Gawad Balagtas. Her poetry book ‘Summer was a Fast Trainwithout Terminals’ was short-listed for ‘The Age’ Poetry Book Award,and her novel ‘Banana Heart Summer’, for the Australian LiteratureSociety Gold Medal. Her novel ‘Fish-Hair Woman’, which received Australia’s 2013 Most Underrated Book Award, was adapted into a play by the Harlequin Theatre Company. Her own plays have beenperformed/produced in the Philippines, Australia, US, Spain, Canada,France, China, Singapore, Thailand, and the Slovak Republic. Bobis teaches Creative Writing at University of Wollongong, Australia.http://www.merlindabobis.com.au.
Marjorie Evasco’s books Dreamweavers and Ochre Tones won the National Book Award for Poetry from the Manila Critics’ Circle. Six Women Poets won the National Book Award for Oral History; A Life Shaped by Music, the National Book Award for Biography; and Ani: The Life and Art of Hermogena Borja Lungay, the National Book Award for Art. She received the SEAWrite Award for her collection, Skin of Water. With Cuban poet Alex Fleites, she also co-authored a collection of tanrenga in English and Spanish called Fishes of light/Peces de luz. She is included in the Norton anthology titled Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry of the Middle East, Asia and Beyond and The World Record: International Voices in Poetry Parnassus. She represented the country in the Poetry Parnassus festival in Southbank Centre in London in 2012. Her poems have been translated into many languages.
Alya B. Honasan
Alya B. Honasan is a veteran editor and writer based in Manila. She originally studied to become a doctor, but was sidetracked into journalism. She has since worked for several publications, including the Manila Chronicle and ABS-CBN Publishing’s Metro Magazine, and was editor of the Sunday Inquirer Magazine for seven years. She has written for and edited over 25 books, is a consulting desk editor with the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Lifestyle section, and does freelance work for various publications and NGOs, with a focus on environmental and animal welfare issues. Honasan is also a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, an occasional stage actor, and a loving mom to her dog, an asPin named Kikay.
Susan S. Lara
Susan S. Lara’s stories have won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and Focus Literary Awards. Her short fiction collection Letting Go and Other Storieswon the National Book Award, and her fiction and essays have been included in various anthologies. She majored in English at the University of the Philippines, attended the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, and attended the Seminar on Contemporary British Writing at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom through a British Council grant. She held the Irwin Lee Professorial Chair in Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2011. She has served as panelist in various writing workshops, including the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) Workshop, the DLSU’s Malate Writers Workshop, the University of St. La Salle’s Iyas Writers Workshop, and the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, of which she is currently Director-in-Residence. She is a professional communications consultant and facilitates writing workshops for corporate clients.
Grace R. Monte de Ramos
Grace R. Monte de Ramos writes in both English and Cebuano. Most of her poetry is written in English and her contribution to this volume is her first lengthy work in her native tongue. She is also the author of reading primers for elementary students in the Cebuano-speaking regions. She is on the staff of Kitang Lungsuranon, a pioneering community newspaper in her hometown, for which she has written editorials and articles on climate change. In recent years, Monte de Ramos has spent the hot summers reading manuscripts and learning from young authors at the Silliman and Iyas Writers Workshops.
May Ling Su
May Ling Su is a performer/producer of erotica and pornography. She polarized audiences with her performance with the notorious Max Hardcore, followed by a gallery exhibit of menstrual blood art. Her portraits by celebrity photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders are in the book, “XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits” and exhibited in fine galleries worldwide. She also appeared on “Thinking XXX,” an HBO documentary on the making of the book. She was nominated for the Feminist Porn Award in 2010. A short documentary film about her work was aired on the award-winning Dutch show Metropolis TV. Anointed as a Pornsaint in Italy, artists painted her portraits and exhibited in Amsterdam and Zurich. She blogs at MayLingSu.com and tweets @maylingsu.
Ramon C. Sunico
Ramon C. Sunico is an internationally published poet, book publisher, editor, writer, book designer, and the author of many books, including the acclaimed poetry book,Bruise: A Two Tongue Job. A National Fellow for Poetry in University of the Philippines Creative Writing Center, he is also the recipient of the UMPIL (Unyon Ng Mga Manunulat Sa Pilipinas)’s Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas for poetry; multiple prizes over various years from the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards and Carlos Palanca Memorial Literary Awards; the Anvil Award for coffee table book, text, and design; and the National Book Award as author, editor and/or designer. He is manager of Cacho Publishing House and a visiting lecturerat the Center for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University. (Photo by: Danny C. Sillada)
Ricardo M. de Ungria
Ricardo M. de Ungria has been a Fellow at Fulbright, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, and Washington University, and has gathered awards like the Academy of American Poets Prize. Similar achievements include nods from the Saint Louis Poetry Annual Contest, Florida State University's State Street Poetry Contest, Manila Critics' Circle, Palanca, CCP Verse-Writing Contest, and the Free Press.He has six books of poetry, including R+A+D+I+O (1986), Decimal Places (1991), and the most recent, Pidgin Levitations (University of the Philippines Press, 2004). He has also edited a number of anthologies on poetry and fiction. Ricardo de Ungria used to hold positions as an associate of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing, Chancellor of the U.P. Mindanao, and Head of the Committee on Literary Arts under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Criselda Yabes has mostly written books on the military and Mindanao, subjects she had gathered while working as a journalist for major international news organizations. Her first novel set in Sulu, Below the Crying Mountain, won the UP Centennial Literary Prize in 2008 and was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2010. She currently lives in Manila after a one-year writing grant at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She was born in Quezon City, raised in Zamboanga, and has lived in Paris, France.
Padmapani L. Perez
Padmapani L. Perez is a published poet and owner of the acclaimed bookstore Mt. Cloud Bookshop, located in Casa Vallejo in Baguio City. Perez received her Masters degree in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She was a researcher in anthropology at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, specializing in policy-oriented research on the role of indigenous peoples in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines. Her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences (Anthropology and Psychology) is from the University of the Philippines, Baguio City.
Mucha-Shim Lahaman Quiling
Born in Laminusa island, Sulu, Philippines, Mucha-Shim Lahaman Quiling is founding directress of the Lumah Ma Dilaut School for Living Traditions. A community organizer and cultural worker advocating for culturally-appropriate and liberating values-based education, she is also a United Nations lobbyist and has attended and spoken at the UN Working Group meetings on Minority issues (now U.N. Forum on Minorities) in Geneva, Switzerland, championing the issues of nomadic and pastoralist communities, indigenous/ethnic and religious minorities in diaspora and interrogating the appropriateness of mainstream development paradigms and human rights frameworks. She holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the Ateneo de Manila University and is currently working on a PhD in Interreligious Studies at Gajah Madah University, Indonesia.
Hermie Beltran is the director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Intertextual (formerly Literary Arts) Division and the editor-in-chief of ANI literary journal. He received the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas in 2011 from the UMPIL (Unyon Ng Mga Manunulat Sa Pilipinas)and the Gawad Alab ng Haraya from the National Commission for Culture and the Artsin 2002. He is the author of two trilingual books of poetry: Lemlunay, published by the University of the Philippines Press in 2003, and Bayambang, published by Kalikasan Press in 1991. He has won awards for his poems, plays, and essays in the Talaang Ginto, Palihang Aurelio Tolentino, and Carlos Palanca competitions. He was chairman of the NCCA National Committee on Literary Arts from 2001 to 2004. He has served as a member of the jury in many literary contests and has represented the country in various national and international writers’ conferences
Arnold Molina Azurin
Arnold Molina Azurin is multiple winner of the Carlos Palanca Award (for poetry and essay) and is a distinguished anthropologist and leading public intellectual on culture and history. His books include Adios, Columbus (Piling-Pili Press, 1992), Leis of Isles: Poems on Places People Love (Axlepin, 1999), Roots and Ruins (1973), Upwind, Downstream: Poems on Ilocos and the Cordilleras (Kalikasan Press, 1991), andReinventing the Filipino Sense of Being and Becoming: Critical Analyses of the Orthodox View in Anthropology, History, Folklore and Letters (University of the Philippines Press, 1993).
Honorio Bartolome de Dios
Honorio Bartolome de Dios is a development professional and writer from Marilao, Bulacan. He has a degree in Sociology and works with national and international development organizations as a humanitarian worker, researcher and trainer on participatory action research and disaster risk reduction. In 2005, he led the formation of Naratibo, a community of Filipino narrative writers which conducts workshops for both established and aspiring writers.His short stories have appeared in various literary and academic anthologies and received the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature. In 1998, his collection of short stories Sa Labas ng Parlor was published by the University of the Philippines Press. He teaches part-time in Ateneo de Manila University and farms in Legaspi City, Albay.
Mubarak Maliga Tahir
Mubarak Maliga Tahir is this book’s youngest writer. He is contributing feature writer of the MindanaoVarsitarian (the official student publication of Mindanao State University Main Campus, Marawi City), from where he graduated cum laude in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Filipino.
Joel Saracho wears multiple, if related, hats. As an activist, he is president of Tbak, a community of radicals who were at the forefront of the anti-dictatorship struggle. He is currently active in various advocacies, particularly in the field of culture and the arts. As a cultural worker, he conducts workshops for youth and children, and formed the performing group Bagong Dugo that does political satire and comic sketches. As an actor, he is into theater, television, and films. He is currently vice president of the Philippine Theater Actors Guild. For rent money and to pay his bills, Joel introduces himself as a communications specialist and consultant—something he learned (and earned) in his more than 20 years stint as print and broadcast journalist.
Merlie Alunan has received the Lillian Jerome Thornton Award for Nonfiction, the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, and the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle. She is a writing fellow of the Silliman Univeristy National Summer Writers Workshop and the U.P. Creative Writing Center.
Sheila S. Coronel
Sheila S. Coronel is winner of the 2003 Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and the Creative Communication Arts. She is also one of the founders of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.In 2006, she was named the inaugural director of The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She was appointed its Dean of Academic Affairs in 2014.
Renato Redentor Constantino
Renato Redentor Constantino is the author of The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire (CFNS, 2006). His essays on history and memory have been translated into several languages. For over two decades, Constantino has worked as advocate, advisor and campaigner on climate and energy policy, and environment and development issues, in arenas spanning Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. He is a board member of the Oakland-based human rights group International Accountability Project, the Freedom from Debt Coalition and the Constantino Foundation. Constantino is the executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC).
Dr. Michael Tan
Dr. Michael Tan is the Chancellor of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Tan is a medical anthropologist, a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a professor of anthropology and former dean of the College of Social Science and Philosophy. Tan received his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and his MA, also in anthropology, at the Texas A&M University in the United States. He also has a degree in veterinary medicine from the University ofthe Philippines.