Jade Mark B. Capiñanes earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He was a fellow for essay at the 2016 Davao Writers’ Workshop and has just been announced as a writing fellow of the upcoming 2017 University of Santo Tomas National Writers’ Workshop. Most of his works appear on his Facebook wall.
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.
Andrea D. Lim is from General Santos City, and she is currently working as an editor for a publishing company in Cebu City while taking her master’s degree in literature at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. She was a fellow for poetry in the 24th Iligan National Writers Workshop (2017). She is also the former editor-in-chief of the Weekly Sillimanian, the official student publication of Silliman University, Dumaguete City.
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.”
Genory Vanz S. Alfasain (popularly known as Yadu Karu) took bachelor of arts in English at Mindanao State University GenSan. He is an advocacy blogger, writing various stories on sustainable tourism, current events, among others. He was a fellow to the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop. He is also an independent filmmaker whose first short film “Bé” won Best Film (Sarangani Shorts Category) in the 2013 SalaMindanaw Asian Film Festival held at General Santos City. His second short film “Jamir” was nominated for Best Film in the 2014 Mindanao Film Festival held at Davao City.
Nikko Lynn Ladera graduated from Notre Dame of Marbel University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and finished a short course on Hunan Resource for Health Management at UP Manila. He is also a freelance human resource consultant and training specialist, a member of the South Cotabato Performing Arts Ensemble, playwright/director/production and stage manager of Apat Sa Taglamig Productions, Inc., a dancer, performer, and culture and arts ambassador. He was a fellow for play in the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop.
Hazel-Gin Lorenzo Aspera is a registered nurse, artist, and writer. She spent her childhood in Cotabato City and is now based in Cagayan de Oro City. A fellow for literary essay at the 1st Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop, some of her feature stories appear in the book ‘Peace Journeys: A Collection of Peacebuilding stories in Mindanao’ published by Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. Currently, she is Associate Director for Communications and Junior Fellow for Literary Essay of Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC). She has a forthcoming work at Mindanao Odysseys: An Anthology of Travel Essays.