In celebration of National Women’s Month and International Women’s Day the Philippine Center of International PEN presents Tres Marias: Booklaunch and Conversation with authors featuring Alice Sun Cua, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Che Sarigumba

Notes on the Authors

Alice’s latest book is Kissing through a Handkerchief and Other Travel Tales (University of Santo Tomas Publishing, 2017). Her two other collections of essays are Riding Towards the Sunrise and other Travel Tales (2000), which won the National Book Award for Creative Nonfiction given by the Manila Critics Circle; and Autumn in Madrid (2013). A practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, she writes travel essays and medical articles for Cruising, Going Places, a monthly travel magazine. She is also a poet and translator. Her poems appeared in Charted Prophesies and Other Poems (2001) and her translation work includes Las Personas del Verbo, poems of Jaime Gil de Biedma co-translated into English.

Mookie’s latest poetry collection is Hush Harbor (University of Santo Tomas Publishing, 2017). Her other poetry books include The Proxy Eros (2008), Burning Houses (2013), and Tropicalia: Poems and Translations (collaborative work, Vagabond Press, 2016). She has won prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Awards, Philippines Free Press Award, and Philippines Graphic Nick Joaquin Awards. She was delegate in several literary festivals including the International Festival of Poetry, in Medellín, Colombia. In 2015, she completed a residence with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA. She is the Associate Director for Poetry of the De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.

Che’s book is her novel Puso pa rin ang Nagpasiya (Vee Press, 2016) which bagged the first prize at the story writing contest of the National Book Development Board. She has served as Travel and Lifestyle editor of Pilipino Mirror for five years, and is a literary reviewer in Filipino at the Philippines Graphic. She worked at an online news bureau as assistant to the publisher and column writer. She also writes poetry and has been a member of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) since 2010. She has been selected a fellow for the UP National Writers Workshop this April 2018. She has been invited to teach in the university to impart her knowledge of writing and publishing.

Read Ruth Mabanglo | In celebration of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month

Ruth Elynia Mabanglo is a poet, playwright, translator, and educator. She has written several books and has won two National Book Awards for Poetry: the first in 1991 for “Mga Liham ni Pinay” (The Letters of Pinay), a collection of feminist and political poems in Filipino, and the second in 2003 for “Mesa Para sa Isa” (A Table for One). Among her other books are “Anyaya ng Imperyalista” (Invitation of the Imperialist), a collection of post-colonial poems on the theme of diaspora and feminism; “Kundiman ng Katipunan” (The Lovesong of Andres and Oriang), and “Ang Pantas”, a Tagalog translation of Khalil Gibran’s “The Prophet.”

Her work has been included in several anthologies such as Ani 25th Anniversary Issue, Mga Piling Dulang Pambata, and Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers, among others. She has published journalistic articles in the Hawaii- Filipino Chronicle.

She has also published many academic works and textbooks, including “Bahaghari: Readings in Advanced Filipino”. She co-authored the Tinig Series (1-3), which are high school textbooks for Filipino. Her other scholarly products include website lessons, video clips, and interactive listening and reading lessons.

Mabanglo has received several grants to participate in literary workshops and conferences such as the Adelaide Festival of the Arts Writers Week, and the Second Kuala Lumpur Poetry Reading. She was a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program.

Her awards include the Palanca Hall of Fame Award, Gawad Dangal ni Balagtas from the Commision on Filipino Language, the Gawad Balagtas sa Tula from the Writers Union of the Philippines, Presidential Award for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. She was named the 1992 Makata ng Taon (Poet of the Year) by the Commission on Filipino.

She earned her PhD in Filipino Language and Literature from Manuel L. Quezon University, and is a Professor Emeritus, Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.

Read Marjorie Evasco | In celebration of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month

Marjorie Evasco is SEAWRITE (South East Asia Writers) 2010 awardee for the Philippines, given by the Royal Family of Thailand, and NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Ani ng Dangal 2011 awardee. Five of her books have won the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards: for poetry (Dreamweavers and Ochre Tones); for oral history (Six Women Poets: Inter/Views, co-authored by Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz); for biography (A Life Shaped by Music: Andrea O. Veneracion and the Philippines Madrigal Singers); and for art (Ani: The Life and Times of Hermogena Borja Lungay: Boholano Painter). Her poetry books in English (with Spanish translations by Latin American poets) were “Skin of Water” and “Fishes of Light/ Peces de Luz” (co-authored by Cuban poet Alex Fleites).

In 1986, she was Regional Fellow for Poetry of the University of the Philippines Likhaan Center for Creative Writing. Her national writing workshop fellowships were from Silliman University in 1976 and the University of the Philippines in 1978. In 1989, she was given the first Irwin Lee Chair for Creative Writing by the Ateneo de Manila University. She served as Director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University, Manila. In the same university, she was also appointed to the Society of University Fellows and became Writer in Residence.

She received from the UMPIL (Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas or the Philippine Writers’ Union) the national award “Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for Poetry” in 2004, the art and culture award “Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan” from the City of Manila in 2005, the Outstanding Silliman University alumna for Creative Writing in 2008, and the President Carlos P. Garcia award for Literature from the province of Bohol in 2011.

She has enjoyed grants to participate in various poetry festivals North America, Latin America, Asia, and Southeast Asia, the latest of which was the Poetry Parnassus international festival of the London Cultural Olympics in 2012 of Southbank Centre. Various writing residencies have been awarded to her like the Spring 1991 residency in Hawthornden Castle International Writers’ Retreat in Midlothian, Scotland; the 1992 residency in Villa Serbelloni, in Bellagio, Italy from the Rockefeller Foundation; the 2002 International Writers’ Program of the University of Iowa; the 2013 International Writers’ Program of the Hong Kong Baptist University; and the Visiting Literary Artist in the University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo City in March 2015.

In 1999, she was awarded the Metrobank Outstanding Teacher (Literature) for the National Capital Region, Tertiary Level. She has served as judge of the tertiary level in the bank’s Search for Outstanding Teachers. After her retirement in January 2014 from university teaching, she restored herself to full time writing and De La Salle University appointed her Professor Emeritus of Literature. She retains her status as University Fellow for Literature of De La Salle University, Manila.

As a cultural advocate for literary development in the Visayas and Mindanao, particularly in creative writing in Binisaya, she has served in the creative writing workshops in Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Iligan, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao. She also contributed poetry to anthologies like “Agam: Filipino Narratives of Uncertainty in Climate Change.” In 2017, she edited the anthology of memoirs of growing up Boholano called “The Bohol We Love,” where she also translated memoirs, poems and folksongs in Binisaya into English. The first ecopoetry anthology of the Philippines called “Sustaining the Archipelago” (2018, edited by Rina Chua Garcia) published her ecopoetry. Her poem “Farol de Combate” in Binisaya and in her English translation is also published in the Australia-based electronic literary journal Cordite Review featuring contemporary Philippine poetry (guest edited by Shirley Lua and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta).

She is working on her fifth poetry anthology of poems called “It is Time to Come Home” with works in English and her mother tongue Binisaya.

Read Lualhati Bautista | In celebration of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month

Lualhati Bautista received the grand prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, for her novels GAPO (1980), DEKADA ’70 (1983), and BATA BATA, PAANO KA GINAWA (1984); and first prize in the short story category in 1982, and 3rd prize for another short story the same year as DEKADA ’70.

She has received various recognition awards both in Literature and in film:

Her books DEKADA ’70, BATA, BATA, PAANO KA GINAWA, and GAPO still enjoy wide readership and continue to be used in high school, college and graduate studies as supplementary readings even after over 30 years in the market.

Her film adaptation of her novels Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984), Bata, Bata Pa’no ka Ginawa(1998) and Dekada ’70 (2002) won in the best story/best sceenplay category of various award-giving bodies for film. Dekada ’70 was also the Philippines’ entry to the Oscar Awards in 2003.

She is the recipient of various recognition awards:

Her books DEKADA ’70, BATA, BATA, PAANO KA GINAWA, and GAPO still enjoy wide readership and continue to be used in high school, college and graduate studies as supplementary readings even after over 30 years in the market.

Her film adaptation of her novels Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984), Bata, Bata Pa’no ka Ginawa (1998) and Dekada ’70 (2002) won in the best story/best sceenplay category of various award-giving bodies for film. Dekada ’70 was also the Philippines’ entry to the Oscar Awards in 2003.

She is the recipient of various recognition awards:

Recognition Award, Institute of National Languages, 1987

Outstanding Women Artists Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994

National Achievement Award for Literature, Writers” Union of the Philippines. 1999

Most popular writer, Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (An annual award-giving body for film) 2003

Exhibit in recognition of her outstanding works, Ateneo University Library of Women’s Writings, Ateneo de Manila University, 2004

Outstanding Achievement in Screenplay Writing, The Feminist Centennial Film Festival, 2005

Diwata Award for best writer, 16th International Women’s Film Festival, UP Film Center, 2006

Recipient, Cecilia Hildegard Award, St. Scholastica College, for reflecting women’s voices in her works 2009

Special Recognition Award in Literary Arts, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 2014

Dangal ni Balagtas Award (Pride of Balagtas Award)
Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (Commission on Filipino Language) 2017

Only Filipina featured in the book of foremost international women writers published in Japan, 1994

Also included in the book that listed 100 Women of the Century, (published by Buensalido and Associates and The National Book Store) 2001

Invited as the sole Filipino delegate to the USIS International Visitors Program, inter-regional conference on American Film, 1986

BOOKS:

Dekada ’70 (novel)
Bata, Bata, Pa’no Ka Ginawa (novel)
Gapo (novel)
Desaparesidos (novel)
Bulaklak sa City Jail (novel)
In Sisterhood (novel)
Sixty in the City (novel)
Sonata (novel)
Hinugot sa Tadyang (From a Man’s Ribs) non-fiction