Editors and Contributors


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 ReviewScrittura MagazineSuffragette CityDulcet QuarterlyThe 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.



Melissa P. Barientos grew up among the pineapple plantation in Polomolok, South Cotabato. Married an Ilocano and currently resides in Esperanza, the haluhalo capital of Sultan Kudarat.

Larry Illich N. Souribio works as Development Management Officer I at Agricultural Training Institute, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City. He was born and raised in Bololmala, Tupi, South Cotabato.

Patrick Jayson L. Ralla is a graduate of Mindanao State University- General Santos City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He is currently working as a private school teacher in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and is taking up a Master of Arts degree in Literature at the University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City.

Gian Carlo Cagaanan Licanda is a teacher of English-American Literature and Creative Writing at Colon National High School in Maasim, Sarangani Province. He’s currently taking up MAEd English at Holy Trinity College of General Santos City. He is a fellow during the 18th Ateneo de Davao University Summer Writers Workshop 2017. He blogs at www.TheSpectacledRaconteur.wordpress.com.

Spencer Pahang is a senior high school student at Central Mindanao Colleges in Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. His essay “Better this Way” is the winner of the 1st Cotabato Province Essay Contest organized by Tagungguan: Cotabato Province Writers Association.

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.