Issue 5 Editors and Contributors

CONTRIBUTORS

Jade Mark Capiñanes is an 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.

Noel Pingoy is a graduate of Notre Dame of Marbel University and of Davao Medical School Foundation. He finished residency in internal medicine and fellowships in hematology and in medical oncology at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. He divides his time between General Santos City and Koronadal City.

Mariz Leona is a third year AB English student at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. She’s from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat.

Estrella Taño Golingay of Surallah, South Cotabato, has a PhD in language education and is a retired professor of Notre Dame of Marbel University. In 1994, her poem “Si Nene at Ako sa Pagitan ng Gabi” won the first prize in the poetry contest of Home Life magazine.

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.

EDITORS

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 grew up in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.

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Issue 4 Editors and Contributors

EDITORS

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.

CONTRIBUTORS

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 Amazon.com. 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.

Issue 3 Editors and Contributors

EDITORS

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.

CONTRIBUTORS

Estrella Taño Golingay of Surallah, South Cotabato, has a PhD in language education and is a retired professor of Notre Dame of Marbel University. In 1994, her poem “Si Nene at Ako sa Pagitan ng Gabi” won the first prize in the poetry contest of Home Life magazine.

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.

Adonis Hornoz is currently teaching English and literature subjects at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University and pursuing his MA in English Language and Literature at Ateneo de Davao University. He is from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, and has been published in Eastlit.

Florence Jay Salcedo is from Koronadal City and studying medical technology at St. Alexius College. He acts and writes for Apat sa Taglamig, a local theater group.

Issue 2 Editors and Contributors

EDITORS

Saquina Karla C. Guiam was born in Cotabato City and has been living in General Santos City for the past twenty-something years. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Rising Phoenix Review, Scrittura Magazine, Suffragette City, Dulcet Quarterly, The Fem Lit Mag, Geometry Literary, and others. She is a nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary. 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. His novel manuscript, “Rajah Muda,” has been accepted for publication by UP Press. He divides his time between Senator Ninoy Aquino and Isulan, both in Sultan Kudarat Province.

CONTRIBUTORS

Prescilla Dorado studied creative writing at the University of the Philippines–Mindanao. She was a fellow for fiction at the 2013 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2014 Silliman University National Writers Workshop.

Rita Gadi studied philosophy, anthropology, and law from different universities in Manila, and is a journalist by profession. She worked as assistant editor to F. Sionil Jose’s La Solidaridad Publications and as editor in chief of The Philippine Chronicle. She won her first Palanca for poetry when she was seventeen, and she has since been awarded the National Centennial Poet Award in 1998, and the New York City Poetry Award in 2010. Now based in Manila, she has deep roots in Kidapawan, where both her parents were elected mayor and where at some point she acted as OIC mayor. Many of her poems are introspective of Kidapawan and the province of Cotabato, a collection of which was published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 2010.

Estrella Taño Golingay of Surallah, South Cotabato, has a PhD in language education and is a retired professor of Notre Dame of Marbel University. In 1994, her poem “Si Nene at Ako sa Pagitan ng Gabi” won the first prize in the poetry contest of Home Life magazine.

Generoso Opulencia was born in Isabela, Negros Occidental, in July 1939. He has an AB degree in foreign languages, specifically Japanese and Russian, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from San Francisco State College (now University) in California. He earned doctoral units at Silliman University, where he learned the craft of writing from Dr. Edith Tiempo. After teaching in several tertiary institutions in Visayas and Mindanao, he retired from Notre Dame of Marbel University in 2002.

Alvin Pomperada of General Santos City is a fourth year management accounting student at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. He is currently the external vice president of Likas Teatro, a theater organization in his school. His poems have been warmly received in spoken word events in the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, and  Tacurong.

Issue 1 Editors and Contributors

EDITORS

Saquina Karla C. Guiam is from Cotabato City but is now in General Santos for twenty-something years. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Rising Phoenix Review, Scrittura Magazine, Suffragette City, Dulcet Quarterly, The Fem Lit Mag, Geometry Literary, and others. She is the Roots nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary. 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 following writers workshops: Davao (2012); Faigao in Cebu (2012), where his manuscript was eventually included in Brown Child: The Best of the Faigao Poetry and Fiction 1984–2012; Iligan (2013), where his manuscript won first place in the Jimmy Y. Balacuit Literary Awards; Iyas in Bacolod (2014); Silliman in Dumaguete (2014); and UP in Los Baños (2016), for the manuscript of a novel that will be published by UP Press. Ten of his essays have appeared in the Young Blood column of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and more than twenty of his short stories have appeared or will appear in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. In 2015, his story “Day of Mourning” received honorable mention in the F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards and his story “The Conversion of Mujedin Dipatuan” received honorable mention in the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. He studied political science at Notre Dame of Marbel University, and he divides his time between Senator Ninoy Aquino and Isulan, both in Sultan Kudarat Province. He has also worked in Cebu as a copy editor for an American self-publishing company.

CONTRIBUTORS

Karlo Antonio Galay David is a fourth-generation Kidapawanon. He has an AB in English from Ateneo de Davao University and a master’s degree in creative writing from Silliman University. He has a Nick Joaquin Literary Award for fiction and a Palanca Award for one-act play for the piece that appears in this issue. He was also a fellow to national writers workshops. Of mixed Tagalog, Ilocano,and Bul-anon blood but of Mindanao settler heritage, he writes about Kidapawan in English and in the unique hybrid Filipino spoken in Davao City and parts of Cotabato Region.

Rita Gadi studied philosophy, anthropology, and law from different universities in Manila, and is a journalist by profession. She worked as assistant editor to F. Sionil Jose’s La Solidaridad Publications and as editor in chief of The Philippine Chronicle. She won her first Palanca for poetry when she was seventeen, and she has since been awarded the National Centennial Poet Award in 1998, and the New York City Poetry Award in 2010. Now based in Manila, she has deep roots in Kidapawan, where both her parents were elected mayor and where at some point she acted as OIC mayor. Many of her poems are introspective of Kidapawan and the province of Cotabato, a collection of which was published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 2010.

Nal Andrea Jalando-on is a student of interdisciplinary studies (minor in language and literature) at the Ateneo de Davao University and an active member of the Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors (SALEM). She has seen print in Dagmay: The Literary Journal of the Davao Writers Guild and was fellow to the 2016 Iligan National Writers Workshop, where she won a Jimmy Y. Balacuit Literary Award. She’s an Ilongga who writes in English and Hiligaynon, and her family has lived in Koronadal City for four generations.

Generoso Opulencia of Koronadal City was born in Isabela, Negros Occidental, in July 1939. He has an AB degree in foreign languages, specifically Japanese and Russian, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from San Francisco State College (now University) in California. He earned doctoral units at Silliman University, where he learned the craft of writing from Dr. Edith Tiempo. After teaching in several tertiary institutions in Visayas and Mindanao, he retired from Notre Dame of Marbel University in 2002.

Noel Pingoy is a proud graduate of Notre Dame of Marbel University and of Davao Medical School Foundation. He finished residency in internal medicine and fellowships in hematology and in medical oncology at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. He also completed courses at St. Christopher’s Hospice and at Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care to be able to understand and nurture patients and their families during the end-of-life trajectories of illness. He is a fellow for creative non-fiction at the 2006 National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City. He believes his exposure to the humanities allows him to survive the rather toxic (and oftentimes depressing) clinical practice in General Santos City and Koronadal City.

Gilbert Yap Tan is a professor in Mindanao State University–General Santos City and a resource person and evaluator for schools press conferences and campus journalism. He was also a fellow for fiction in the 1989 Silliman University National Writers Workshop.