Saquina Karla C. Guiam has been published in the Rising Phoenix Review, Scrittura Magazine, Suffragette City, Dulcet Quarterly, The Fem Lit Mag, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, 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. She is the Roots nonfiction editor at Rambutan Literary, an online journal showcasing literature and art from Southeast Asians all over the world, and the Social Media Manager of Umbel & Panicle, a new literary journal inspired by plants and all things botanical.
Paul Randy P. Gumanao hails from Kidapawan City, and teaches Chemistry at Philippine Science High School-SoCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. He was a fellow for poetry at the 2009 Davao Writers Workshop, and 2010 IYAS National Creative Writing Workshop. He is a former editor-in-chief of Atenews, the official student publication of Ateneo de Davao University, and is currently finishing his MS in Chemistry from the same university.
Jim C. Raborar hails from the City of Koronadal, South Cotabato and is a playwright, the Artistic Director of Apat sa Taglamig Productions, Inc., and a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Committee on Dramatic Arts. He was a fellow to the 22nd Iligan National Writers Workshop and the 3rd Sulat Dula in Xavier University CDO City. He wrote an HIV /AIDS stageplay advocacy and had it staged at The 1st Incheon Bilingual Theater Festival in South Korea in 2013. He adapted 2 Korean Folk Dramas in 2014 and 2015 and have it staged in the 2nd and 3rd Incheon Bilingual Theater Festival back in South Korea. A government employee under the Agricultural Training Institute-XII. During summer, he conducts a workshop on playwriting and basic theater with the City LGUs Summer Training Festival.
Andrea D. Lim is a mass communication graduate at Silliman University. Home, for her, is very abstract. She was born in Pasig City, spent childhood years in Marikina and Bulacan, and moved to General Santos City in 2008. She is currently taking her master’s degree in literature at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.
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.
Jade Mark Capiñanes is a graduating AB English student and associate editor of the student publication at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He was a fellow for essay at the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop. He is fascinated by the versatility of the essay, or creative nonfiction, as a literary form.
John Gied Calpotura is from Tacurong City and an incoming grade 10 student at Sultan Kudarat State University Laboratory High School. He won the 1st Sultan Kudarat Fiction Contest recently for his flash fiction “Shoebox.” He was also a finalist for the same contest for “10:33 AM” and for “Sugarcoat.”
Mark Sherwin Castronuevo Bayanito holds a BA Political Science graduate from University of the Philippines Diliman. He is Ilocano (albeit non-speaking) by blood, raised in General Santos City, and lives in Quezon City. He is primarily interested in the complexities of identity and urban life.