Issue 4 Editors and Contributors


Saquina Karla C. Guiam has been published in the Rising Phoenix Review, Scrittura Magazine, Suffragette City, Dulcet Quarterly, The Fem Lit Mag, Geometry Literary, and others. She graduated from Mindanao State University–General Santos City with a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Ateneo de Davao University.

Jude Ortega has been a fellow for fiction at the 2016 UP National Writers Workshop and in five other writers workshops. His stories have appeared in Likhaan, Philippines Graphic, Expanded Horizons, and SanAg, among other venues. He divides his time between Senator Ninoy Aquino and Isulan, both in Sultan Kudarat Province.


Generoso Opulencia is a retired professor of Notre Dame of Marbel University. His poem “Regarding Flowers from La Trinidad” won the second prize in the 1999 poetry contest of Home Life magazine, and his poem “To a Son Learning the Art of Cooking” won the first prize in 2000 in the same competition.

Maureen Gaddi dela Cruz is a lawyer who hails from San Pedro, Laguna, and is currently working in the Cotabato City field office of an international humanitarian organization. She is a member of the poetry groups Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) and kilometer64 Poetry Collective (KM64) and of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL). Her poems have appeared in various chapbooks and online compilations, as well as in the LIRAng Pilak anthology (Vibal Foundation, 2010) and the Ani literary journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Other published works include feature articles, essays, and cultural reviews in mainstream and alternative publications. She writes in Filipino, English, and Spanish and performs at poetry reading events in various venues in Quezon City. She was also a fellow for Filipino poetry at the 2010 Ateneo National Writers Workshop and the former Kultura section editor of the Philippine Collegian.

Angeli Savas is from General Santos City. She is an accountant by profession and maintains a blog about her life and experiences as a Filipino expat living in Europe. She graduated summa cum laude at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, where she also served as editor in chief of the student publication.

Erwin Cabucos, a teacher of English and religion in Brisbane, Australia, was born and raised in Carmen, Cotabato Province. His first collection of short stories, The Beach Spirit and Other Stories, was published by Ginninderra Press in Australia. His second, Green Blood and Other Stories, was published by Manila Prints in Australia and the Philippines. His newest book, Does it Matter What the Dead Think?, is now out on He graduated in psychology from Notre Dame University in Cotabato City and communication from the University of Newcastle. He recently finished Master in English Education from the University of New England. He was also a fellow for fiction at the 2016 Iligan National Writers Workshop.

Doren John Bernasol is studying Filipino at Mindanao State University in General Santos City.