Hugh Aaron is the CEO of his own plastics company. As a Seabee, he was stationed in Mindoro and Zambales in 1945. He has written several books.

Gémino H. Abad teaches at U.P. Creative Writing Center. He has won several Palanca Awards.

Estrella D. Alfon (1917-1983), a prolific writer from Cebu City, only managed to get an A.A. degree from U.P. because of poor health. A member of the U.P. Writers Club, she held the National Fellowship in Fiction post at the U.P. Creative Writing Center in 1979.

Carlos A. Angeles is a Palanca Award-winning poet. “The Wonderful Machine” is his only published short story.

Paz Marquez Benitez (1894-1983) only had one more published short story after “Dead Stars.” Nevertheless, she made her mark in Philippine literature because her work is considered the first modern Philippine short story.

Consorcio Borje (1912-1981) won the 1941 Commonwealth Award for Literature for his collection of 47 short stories, The Automobile Comes to Town. His book was never published because WWII came and the manuscript was lost.

Carlos Cortés was born in Cebu City, grew up in Mandaue, and works in Mactan.

Iris Sheila G. Crisostomo has a degree in communication arts from University of the Philippines at Los Baños. She is getting her MFA at De La Salle University while working at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Rony V. Diaz has won Palancas and is now publisher of Manila Times. He has taught English at U.P. Diliman and has worked for for the Philippine government as well as his own website project.

Egmidio Enriquez wrote “The.Doll” which won a prize in the Philippine Free Press annual competition. He showed lots of promise but I don’t know if he wrote many more stories later.

Juan T. Gatbonton has the distinction of winning the first Palanca Award. Another story of his won again later. He has written and edited several books on Philippine art and culture.

Jose Claudio B. Guerrero is an English studies graduate of University of the Philippines at Diliman. He works at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as an information officer.

Doreen D.L. Jose is a media officer at the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor.

Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak has won Philippine Graphic and Palanca awards. His first book, Happy Endings, is available from U.P. Press.

E.L. Koh is a professor emeritus in mathematics at University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta, winner of Philippine Graphic and Palanca awards, has come out with his first book, Life Before X and Other Stories.

Timothy R. Montes, another Palanca winner, teaches in the creative writing program of the University of the Philippines in Mindanao (Davao City). He grew up in Samar and studied in Silliman University.

Kevin Piamonte teaches at University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City. He is a member of the Arts Council of Iloilo.

Vicente Rivera, Jr. is a Bicolano writer who first started writing in the 1930s. He was editor of Evening News Magazine.

Arturo B. Rotor (1907-1995?) enrolled in U.P. Conservatory of Music and College of Medicine simultaneously and graduated from both. He became director of the university’s Postgraduate School of Medicine, was a music critic and an orchid fancier. He had a disease (Rotor Syndrome) and a vanda orchid (Vanda merillii var. rotorii) named after him. He was given the Republic Cultural Award in 1966.

Menchu Aquino Sarmiento, executive director for Philippine Air Lines Foundation, has won the NVM Gonzales, Philippine Graphic, and Philippines Free Press grand prizes for her short stories.

H.O. Santos has been writing fiction since 1998. His stories have been published in the Philippines, U.S., and Canada.

Lakambini A. Sitoy, a multiple Palanca Award winner, has received the National Book Award for Mens Rea, a collection of her short stories.

Loreto Paras Sulit (1908-?) was a founding member of U.P. Writer’s club. She was head of the Philippine National Red Cross for decades.

Maria Aleah G. Taboclaon majored in English at University of the Philippines Diliman. While working for an M.A. in clinical psychology, she works at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development at U.P.

Macario D. Tiu is chair of the Humanities Division at Ateneo de Davao. His fiction and poems (Cebuano and English) have appeared in Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, and Bisaya. He is a Palanca and Graphics award winner.

May M. Tobias teaches at U.P. College of Fine Arts. She has written and illustrated children’s books for Adarna, Bookmark, and Tahanan Books.

Marby Villaceran is a teaching associate at U.P. Diliman’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. She has published several stories and poems for children in the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Junior Inquirer section.

Manuel A. Viray (1917-1995?) has compiled poetry anthologies, essays on Philippine literature, and was editor-in-chief of Archipelago Quarterly. He worked in the foreign service corp of the Philippine government until his retirement.


Genevieve Asenjo teaches English at De La Salle University where she is working towards an MFA.

Angela Manalang Gloria (1907-1993) was a contemporary of the flashy Jose Garcia Villa. He often criticized her work but her poems have stood the test of time better than his. Her poems are only now begining to be appreciated.

Evee V. Huervana is a literature major from University of the Philippines Visayas. She is a member of the Arts Council of Iloilo.

Luisa A. Igloria, another multiple Palanca Award winner, teaches at Old Dominion University.

Karen Pioquinto has journalism and law degrees from U.P. Diliman. Besides writing poetry, she works at a Makati law firm.

Eileen Tupaz is a student at Ateneo de Manila University.


Judith Angerman who goes by the initials JELA (for Judith E.L. Angerman) provided the artwork for “The Matini Effect.” She has martini posters and art pieces for your bar, den, or office. You can see them at (click here)

Jay Berkowitz is a photographer for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). His striking picture of the LAX Theme Bldg. illustrates “Piña Colada.”

Marissa Gonzalez lives in Switzerland. She paints with textile paint on silk, acrylic on wood, and watercolor on paper. Her work has been shown in England, France, and Switzerland.

Rol P. Lampitoc studied at U.P. College of Fine Arts. He now lives in Toronto, Canada, where he was Dean of Fine Arts at University of Windsor before he retired.

Rolando Lampitoc is a graphics designer from Toronto, Canada.

Rudy Ledesma lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and publishes Pacific Review.

Jill A. Posadas lives in Quezon City and is a senior in art school. She has worked for an ad agency but now spends her days doing news for a radio station.

Hector Santos has done glamour and fashion photography.

Copper Sturgeon studied art and lives in Los Angeles.

May M. Tobias teaches at U.P. College of Fine Arts. She has written and illustratred children’s books.