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Tupaz, Andrei

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 17 - 2012

Andrei Tupaz used to work as a primary school teacher in the Philippines but now lifts heavy boxes of produce and stocks shelves five days a week at a supermarket in Wellington, New Zealand.  In his spare time, when he isn’t recovering from all the lifting he does at work, he works out at the gym, or spends time with his wife doing extremely productive things like lazing about near the Wellington wharf, watching shows and movies, or acceding to his body’s gastronomic demands.  Although he considers himself incredibly uncoordinated, he is also interesed in gymnastic-like activities, and has vowed that 2012 is the year he’ll definitely take circus/chinese pole classes at a circus school in Wellington.

With all these interests and hobbies, his writing time has now dwindled to 30 minutes each day.
He plans to take an IT course in the near future, and hopefully get a job in IT.

Loenen-Ruiz, Rochita

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 3 - 2012

Rochita  Loenen-Ruiz attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in 2009 as that year’s Octavia Butler Scholar. Her work has been published in print and online, both abroad as well as in the Philippines.  Some  of  the  publications  she  has  appeared  in  are:  Weird Tales  Magazine,  Fantasy  Magazine,  Apex  Magazine,  and  the Philippine  Speculative  Fiction Anthology (second and fourth volumes). She has stories coming out in the Second Apex Book of World SF and Realms of Fantasy.  She is currently working on a tribal sf novel.

Alfar, Dean

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 13 - 2011

Dean Francis Alfar is a leading advocate of speculative fiction in the Philippines, and the publisher of the annual “Philippine Speculative Fiction” anthology. His novel “Salamanca” won both the Book Development Association of the Philippines’ Gintong Aklat award, as well as the Grand Prize in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He has nine more Palancas to his name, two Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards, the Philippine Free Press Literary Award, and the Philippine Graphic/Fiction Award. His short fiction has been collected in “The Kite of the Stars and Other Stories”, and been published in venues both national and international, including “The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror”, “Rabid Transit: Menagerie”, “Latitude”, and “The Apex Book of World SF”.

Francisco, Mo

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 11 - 2011

By day (and OT nights), Mo Francisco is a copywriter at Adspin Advertising.

In her spare time, she writes fiction and dreams of retiring in a log cabin somewhere in the middle of nowhere, a homestay in Ayutthaya, a hostel in Dumaguete or a room by the Baler surf and write her heart out.

She loves to travel backpacker style, climb mountains, run, bike, surf and will generally try anything once.

She is always very perky and friendly, but that could just be the caffeine.

Falgui, Raissa Rivera

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 7 - 2011

Raissa Rivera Falgui is a writer of fiction for both children and adults. She has won several awards, including first place for Futuristic Fiction in the 2002 Palanca Awards and second place for short story for children in the 2002 and 2006 Palancas. A member of Kuwentista ng Mga Tsikiting (Kuting), her most recent published stories are for young people, in Tahanan Books’ The Night Monkeys and UP Press’s Bagets Anthology. She graduated from UP with a degree in Art Studies and is currently working towards an MA in Creative Writing. Over the years, she has worked in various institutions, as English teacher, writer, or editor. Among the most recent jobs she has had was one that required her to write about places she has never visited, including Mt. Malindig in Marinduque. Currently her main job, which she does not plan to give up, is looking after her daughter. She is married to an Ateneo English teacher, Joel Falgui.

Cuyegkeng, Elaine

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 27 - 2011

A librarian and writer, Elaine Cuyegkeng lives with her partner in Melbourne, working feverishly on her first novel. She is possessed of two tiny familiars, shelves full of magnificent books, and items of immense geekery. She loves myths and fairy tales, and occasionally dabbles in their making. “The Widow and the Princess of the Dwende” is her first short story with Usok.

Victoria, Eliza

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 4 - 2011

Eliza Victoria was born in 1986. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications based in the Philippines and abroad, most recently in High Chair, elimae, The Pedestal Magazine, Expanded Horizons, Philippine Speculative Fiction V, and Usok #2. Her children’s book, Jeremy’s Magic Well, is one of the ten winning stories of the Gig Book story-writing contest and is now available from GASFI. She received a Palanca award in 2009 for her poetry collection, “Reportage”. In 2010, her short story, “Reunion“, won the grand prize in the Short Story category of the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards. Visit her blog, or follow her on Twitter.

Tan, Yvette

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 10 - 2009

Yvette has written for different publications on a variety of topics from personalities to food to finance. Her fiction has garnered Don Carlos Palanca and Philippine Graphic/Fiction awards. She has also appeared on TV magazine shows whose topic deal with myths, urban legends, the paranormal, and food. She has just recently published Waking the Dead, her first book of short fiction, under Anvil Publishing. She loves steak.

Trinidad, Celestine

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 8 - 2009

Celestine Trinidad is newly licensed physician, currently taking up her residency training in Pathology, but she still tries to read and write as much as she can in her (now unfortunately very little) free time. Much to her surprise, she won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature for her short story for children “The Storyteller and the Giant”.

Yu, Kenneth

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 8 - 2009

Whether he admits it or not, Kyu (as he is fondly known) is one of the most prominent figures in Philippine Speculative Fiction. A graduate of Xavier School and the Ateneo de Manila, Kyu is a tennis aficionado and literacy advocate. He’s the publisher and editor of the Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, and his fiction has been published in The Town Drunk, the Philippine Graphic and AlienSkin magazine. The PGS blog is a daily staple for anyone interested in Philippine Spec Fic.

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