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No. 37 • Penitent|Carnivalesque

Contributors

Mario Mercado is a nature photographer, multimedia artist, and a retiree from the American art and design industry (specif. in rugs, carpets, tapestries, and photography) where he counted among his clients Hollywood actors, even including Air Force One, Volvo, General Motors, American Express, Waldorf Astoria. He enjoys his retirement, with wife Joni and several dogs and cats, at Canopus Hollow, Putnam Valley, New York. Mario attended the School of Visual Arts for advertising design, and the Art Students League (for fine arts) of New York.

R. Torres Pandan is a poet, fictionist, lawyer, and recently resumed writing his first novel. He has published his poetry and fiction in various Philippine publications and has collected his poems in a book titled Days of Grace (USLS Press, 2005). He has been a fellow at the Silliman and UP Writers workshops, and a senior fellow at the USLS Iyas Writers Workshop. He is presently Dean of the College of Law of the University of St. La Salle and lives in Bacolod City with his wife and three children.

Kristian Dalao, who has completed the MFA Creative Writing program of De La Salle University, “works as an Internet cafe caretaker in the morning & as an online ESL mouth in the evening. In breathers he designs sound installation projects whose demos are uploaded in some MySpace page.”

Mikael Co, who also signs his works as Mikael de Lara Co, is one of our younger leading poets who are bilingual and widely published. He has won both the Palanca and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards. He graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila, and he is supposed to be working on his MA in Panitikang Pilipino, Malikhaing Pagsulat, in the same university. His interests range, he writes, from literature and the martial arts to basketball and beer and rock music, the environment, post-colonialism and cultural studies, philosophy and political communications. He works with the office of Senator Mar Roxas.

Judith Balares Salamat teaches English and Literature at the Central Bicol University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur. A fellow of the 1997 Iligan National Writers Workshop, she has went on to win awards, including the Bikol Premio Tomas for Writer of the Year and for an essay on teaching and creativity, and a Civil Service essay writing contest, first place. Judith holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, major in Regional Literatures minor in Cultural Anthropology, from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. She writes columns for a local weekly, the Bikol Reporter, and is the current treasurer of the regional literary organization, Kabulig-Bikol.

J. Neil Garcia is one of our most accomplished poets in English, teacher of creative writing and comparative literature, writer of numerous books of poetry collections, literary and cultural criticism, postcolonial studies, and editor and advocate of Filipino gay writing, especially of the famous Ladlad series. He earned his A.B. Journalism, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in 1990; M.A. in Comparative Literature in 1995, and Ph.D. in English Studies: Creative Writing in 2003 from the University of the Philippines. He is currently a Professor of English at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, where he also serves as Associate for Poetry at the Likhaan: U.P. Institute of Creative Writing. He has won numerous awards, including the Palanca and the National Book Award, and has lectured and received grants and fellowships internationally.

Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. has two books, Mga Tula ng Paglusong (1992) and Onyx (2003), which won the National Book Award for poetry in 2003, and has published his essays and stories in various anthologies. His other awards include the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and Talaang Ginto. He has translated Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, and Auguste Strindberg. He has edited many books, among which are the new editionof Urbana at Feliza (1994, 2007), Pablo Neruda: Mga Piling Tula with National Artist Virgilio Almario, ASEANO (1995), and Kuwentong Siyudad with Roland B. Tolentino and Alwin Aguirre. Currently he is Assistant Professor for creative writing and literature at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines.

Victor Dennis Nierva says of himself, “I teach, act, direct, create graphic and digital artworks, design websites; I sing, crowd the broadcaster's booth on Sundays, write ocassionally for local papers, give failing grades. I am a self-confessed techgeek and a coffee and tea-addict. I cook a little.” Vic has published the bilingual (Bikol an English) poetry book Antisipasyon, which your editor helped translate, and works with Department of Media Studies, Ateneo de Naga University, in Naga City, Bikol.

Jose Marte Abueg won the University of the Philippines Centennial Prize for poetry in 2008 with his collection that has now been printed as Bird Lands, Rivers, and other Melancholies by UP Press (2009). Mart is an editor and journalist specializing in finance and economics (he is a graduate of the UP School of Economics) with no formal training in writing. He started writing poetry in 2001 “to be a better man.”

Rio Alma (Virgilio S. Almario) was proclaimed National Artist for Literature in 2003.

Simeon Dumdum, Jr., award-winning poet and essayist, has read his poems in gatherings here and abroad, and has published them in three collections. His poems are included in many international anthologies. His most recent work, Ah, Wilderness! A Journey Through Sacred Time, a book of essays, meditations, and “homilies,” was published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press. Jun works as a Regional Trial Court judge in Cebu City.

Salvador Ching is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Major in Painting, and made it early as one of the Five Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Youth Painting Workshop & Exhibitions in Indonesia. After a string of awards and citations, he moved on to the Asia Biennial Art Exhibition in Havana, Bangladesh, Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Vietnam. He has had seven solo shows, and has participated in many cultural outreach projects in many provinces. He has been an official of various art associations, including the Society of Philippine Sculptors, CAP, and a member of the NCCA visual arts executive committee.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) had a career production of over 1, 500 paintings, a dozen sculptures, and countless drawings and various other projects which included an animated cartoon for Walt Disney, a TV commercial for Lanvin chocolates, and the Chupa Chups logo. (Wikipedia)

Carlos Botong Francisco (1912-1969) is said to have dreamed of his death—a huge funeral procession in his hometown of Angono, which he followed wondering who it was being buried. He was posthumously conferred the title of National Artist in 1973.

Pieter Aertsen (1508-1575), called “Long Peter” because of his height, was a Dutch historical painter. He was born and died in Amsterdam, painted there and in Antwerp, though his genre scenes were influential in Italy. (Wikipedia)



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No. 36 • Contributors

Federico “Boy” Dominguez is a muralist, designer for the stage and publications, illustrator, and overall freelance artist. A serious student of his own roots in the Mandaya culture of Siargao Island and Mindanao, and the ethnic Tagalog groups, Boy’s almost naïf renderings convey their lush and exuberant spirit as much as their simple lives that need to be preserved as well as protected from outside exploitation. Boy has exhibited extensively in the local art scene as well as in Europe, the Netherlands, Australia, and France.

Alma Anonas Carpio is a poet and full-time journalist. She is the associate editor and tech editor of Philippine Graphic, a stringer for Agence France-Presse and variously a contributor, correspondent, or correspondent for various other magazines, including Business Mirror, Cook magazine, and Medical Observer.

Edgar Calabia Samar, poet and fictionist, has received the Palanca Awards for his poetry collections and futuristic fiction, the PBBY-Salanga Writer's Prize for children’s literature, the NCCA Writer's Prize for the Novel, the Gantimpalang Collantes sa Sanaysay, and the Gawad Surian sa Tula. His latest book, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, was published by Anvil in 2009, while his poetry book, Pag-aabang sa Kundiman: Isang Tulambuhay, was nominated for the National Book Award. Samar teaches Philippine Literature and Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University where he currently serves as head of the Creative Writing Desk of the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP). He is finishing his Ph.d. in Malikhaing Pagsulat at the University of the Philippines.

Kristian Sendon Cordero, one of our regular contributors and among the most active poets in the Bikol literary renaissance, recently won the 2009 Maningning Miclat Prize for Poetry, among many other awards including the Palanca, the National Book Award, and the NCCA Writers Prize. He teaches literature at the Ateneo de Naga University.

Robin Lim is a grandmother, poet, and midwife. Following in the tradition of her own Filipino lola, Vicenta Munar Lim, a hilot, she sits at the doorway between life and death, gently tearing and biting angel’s wings. Lim lives with her musician husband and eight gifted children in the traditional village of Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali. In 2006 Lim was given the Alexander Langer International Peace Award. In September 2009 Robin's novel, Butterfly People, was published by Anvil Publishing in Manila.

Rebecca T. Añonuevo has written five books of poetry and three children’s books. Her poetry books are the poetry collections which won for her five Palanca Awards for Literature while her children’s books, published by Adarna, are winners of the Philippine Board of Books for the Young (PBBY) Salanga Writers Prize. One of her children’s books is among the top 25 bestsellers of Adarna. She has also won National Book Award for Literary Criticism from the Manila Critics Circle in 2004. Becky teaches literature and writing at Miriam College, where she has served as head of the English Department and currently as head of the Filipino Department.

Gemino H. Abad is University Professor emeritus of literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines. Poet, fictionist, and literary critic, he has written many books and won many awards and honors, the most recent being the Premio Feronia in Italy. Apart from his own books of poetry and essays on poetry, Jimmy is also known for his three-volume historical anthology of Filipino poetry in English. In 2008 he put out the first two-volume set of his six-volume historical anthology of Filipino short stories in English; the second set is in press, while he is at work on the last set.

Rio Alma, or Virgilio S. Almario, who has written some 25 books of poetry and literary criticism in Filipino, was conferred the Order of National Artist for Literature in 2003. His latest book is Muling Pagkatha sa Ating Bansa or Re-imagining Our Nation (UP Press, 2010) launches March 5, 2010.

Leonardo Aguinaldo is a self-taught painter born in Baguio whose interests range from his cultural roots to the environment and the planet. An active member of the Baguio Arts Guild, he has taken part in various community cultural and art projects as well as local and national art shows. Leo is a recipient of the CCP Thirteen Artists Award, a finalist at Sea Art Festival of the Busan Biennale in South Korea, the Grand Prize winner of the Asean Art Awards in 2004 sponsored by Philip Morris in Bangkok Thailand.

Stevesantos exhibited at a very young age in show arranged for him by his teacher Roberto Chabet. Since then he has held almost 20 solo exhibits, has won the AAP national competition, the BF Goodrich Filipiniana painting contest, and the National Shell Art Contest. Steve is the son of the noted artist, Mauro Malang Santos. In commercial design, Steve has been a book designer, a web designer, and art director for local and international magazines, including several Hong Kong publications such as The Asset business magazine, Asiamoney, Euromoney, Asian Finance & Executive, Lifestyle Asia, Wingtips, and Orientations

Jun-Jun Sta. Ana, who has permitted us to raid his website for many of the art works that will grace our pages in the future, is a painter, multimedia, print, and installation artist based in Chicago, Ill. Apart from his extensive local showings, Jun-Jun has exhibited in Chicago, New York, LA, and in Russia.

































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