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Peter Solis Nery is a Filipino poet, fictionist, and author.

Writing in Hiligaynon, he is
a Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame Awardee, the Cultural
Center of the Philippines (CCP) Literary Grant, and the All-Western Visayas Literary
Contest (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) winner. Diversifying into English
and Filipino, he has authored 20 books and had written award-winning screenplays. He
wrote and edited newspapers in Iloilo City before becoming a nurse in the United
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Dumangas, Iloilo, Philippines
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Norberto Romuáldez y López (June 6, 1875 - November 4, 1941) (often referred to
as Norberto Romuáldez, Sr. to distinguish him from his son with the same name) was
a Philippine writer, politician, jurist, and statesman. He was the first Lopez-Romuáldez
to attain national prominence, and is deemed the "Father of the Law on the National
Language". He was the eldest son of Doña Trinidad Lopez-Romualdez, the Romualdez
grand matriarch, and uncle of Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the daughter of his youngest
brother Vicente Orestes Lopez Romualdez. Wikipedia
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66 (age at death)
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6 June, 1875
Burauen, Leyte
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4 November, 1941
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Antonio Mercado Abad (Antonio M. Abad) (1894-1970) was a poet, fictionist,
playwright and essayist from Cebu, Philippines, who wrote in Spanish when such was
the language of the Filipino society. He was educated at the University of San
Carlos(formerly the Seminario-Colegio de San Carlos). He was a master
of costumbrismo (local color), in a personal form of anecdote known
as instantánea or ráfaga. He won the Premio Zobel in 1928 and 1929. He was a
professor at Far Eastern University and the University of the Philippines, where he
taught Spanish and co-founded the Department of Spanish (now European Languages).
His novel La oveja de Nathan is widely discussed in the following article in Spanish, by
Professor Manuel Garcia Castellon, from University of New
Orleans: He is the father of literary
critic and poet Gémino Abad. Wikipedia
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Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is an author and editor of nineteen books. She co-
founded PAWWA or Philippine American Women Writers and Artists; she also founded
Philippine American Literary House. Brainard's works include the World War II
novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, and Woman With Horns and
Other Stories. She edited several anthologies including Fiction by Filipinos in
America, Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, and two volumes of Growing Up
Filipino I and II, books used by educators. Wikipedia
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Cebu, Philippines
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Simeon Dumdum Jr.

Simeon Dumdum Jr. (born March 7, 1948) is a former

Regional Trial Court Judge in Cebu City, The Philippines, and is a published poet. He once studied
for the priesthood in Galway, Ireland, but left the seminary to take up law. After years of practicing
law, he was appointed Regional Trial Court judge. He won prizes for his poetry, which he has
published and read in the Philippines and abroad.

Early years
He was born in Balamban, Cebu, where he grew up and had his early schooling. He attended St.
Francis Academy for his secondary education, and then went to St. Clement's College in Iloilo City,
where he did a year of college. In Ireland, he went to Cluain Mhuire and University College,

He has published thirteen books - The Gift of Sleep (poems), Third World Opera (poems), Love in
the Time of the Camera (essays), Poems Selected and New (poems), My Pledge of Love Cannot be
Broken (essays), "Ah, Wilderness: A Journey through Sacred Time" (essays), "If I Write You This
Poem, Will You Make It Fly" (poems), "To the Evening Star" (poems), "Eighty-four Words for Sorrow"
(poems), "The Poet Learns to Dance (the Dancer Learns to Write a Poem)" (poems), "Letter from
Fatima" (poem), "Partly Cloudy" (poems) and "Aimless Walk, Faithful River (poems). In 2001, he
received the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Award for Poetry in English from the Unyon ng
mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL). He won second and third prizes in the Don Carlos Palanca
Memorial Award for English poetry five times,[2] and the Manila Critics Circle's National Book
Award five times.[3] In 2005, he received a medallion for writing the best decision in a criminal case,
second level courts, in the Judicial Excellence Awards sponsored by the Supreme Court of the
Erlinda K. Alburo

Erlinda Kintanar Alburo is a prolific

contemporary Cebuano language scholar and promoter of the language. She is the Director of
the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos, Philippines. She is an active member
of Women in Literary Arts (WILA), and writes poetry both in English and cebuano. She teaches on
the anthropology of linguistics.

 Cebu Provincial History Project. Cluster 1 editor
 Sinug-ang: A Cebuano trio, by Erlinda K. Alburo, Cora Almerio, and Ester Tapia. Women in
Literary Arts-Cebu, Inc., 1999. Poems in English by three Cebuanas.
 Dulaang Cebuano, edited by Erlinda K. Alburo, Resil Mojares, and Don Pagusara. Ateneo de
Manila University Press, 1993. Collection of Cebuano plays.
 Panulaang Cebuano, collected by Erlinda K. Alburo and with introduction by Resil B. Mojares.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1993. Collection of Cebuano poems.
 Bibliography of Cebuano folklore, University of San Carlos, 1977.
 Cebuano poetry = Sugboanong balak. Edited and translated by Erlinda K. Alburo et al. Cebuano
Studies Center, University of San Carlos, 1988. Cebuano poetry with translations into English.
 Centering voices: an anthology. Edited by Erlinda K. Alburo, Erma M. Cuizon and Ma. Paloma
A. Sandiego. Women in Literary Arts, 1995. Poems and short stories in English and Tagalog.
 Cebuano folksongs. Editor/translator, Erlinda K. Alburo. University of San Carlos, 1978.
 Gawad Bonifacio sa panitikan. Editor for Cebuano. National Commission for Culture and the
Arts, 1998. Collection of Philippines literature about Bonifacio.
 Cebu: more than an island. Essays on cultural topics by Resil B. Mojares, Reina-Marie C.
Bernaldez, Raymund L. Fernandez, Erlinda K. Alburo, Melva R. Java, Jovi and Ma. Cristina
Juan, Reynaldo E. Martires, Erma M. Cuizon, and Jenara R. Newman. Ayala Foundation, 1997.
Lina Espina-Moore
Lina Espina-Moore (born Austregelina Espina) (May 20,
1919 – 2000) was a Cebuano writer.
She was born in Toledo, Cebu, the fifth child and second
daughter of Yrinea Regner and Gerundio Espina. Her
formative academic years were spent at the Cebu Central
School and at the Cebu Intermediate High School. She then
graduated from the Southern Colleges with an Associate of
Arts degree. A brief stint as a law student at Far Eastern
University in Manila was followed by a job as a cub reporter for
the Manila Times.[1]
Among her awards are the Philippines Free Press Literary
Award for 1994, when she won first prize in the short story
contest and for her “outstanding contribution to Philippine arts
and letters.” She was also the “unanimous choice” by the
Creative Writing Center at the University of the Philippines for
the 1995-96 National Fellowship in Literature, an honor she
couldn’t accept because of health reasons.
Along with other female reporters, Espina established the Philippine Association of Women
Writers (PAWW) in 1950. While in this group, Espina’s Just Like A Dream was published in the
Graphic; it was her first fiction piece to see the light of day in a regionally-circulated magazine. This
was followed by the Sunday Times Magazine’s publication of her Timeless Waters. While more of
her stories began making the rounds of other magazines, Espina flitted from one writing job to the
next, running the gamut of editorial work, ghost writing and public relations. With many writing
successes in English under her belt, Espina decided to pen manuscripts in her native Cebuano and
send these to Liwayway Publications’ Cebuano magazine Bisaya.
Previous awards include: Outstanding Achievement in the Field of English Literature from the
Province of Cebu (1975), Pan Pacific Southeast Asian Association Award in the Field of the English
Novel (1975), Magsusulat Award for Exemplary Contribution to Literature in Cebuano (1987), and
the much-esteemed Thailand Southeast Asian Write Award presented by HRH Crown Prince
Vajiralongkorn for her novel Heart of the Lotus in 1989. In 1992 she received both the Women in
Travel Award in the Field of Literature and the Literary Award from the Mariano F. Manguerra
In 1960, Espina married Climpson S. "Kip" Moore, manager of a lumber company in the
Cordilleras.[2] The couple made their home in Mt Data until Kip Moore's death in 1977. During her
stay there, Espina-Moore wrote about tribal minorities. She resided in Alabang, Metro Manila, but
moved to her hometown Cebu in recent years to be with her son and his family.
Lina Espina-Moore died in 2000, and to fulfill a promise to Lina, Edna Zapanta Manlapaz
wrote Austregelina: A Story of Lina Espina Moore's Life and Selected Works (Anvil, 2000).
Espina-Moore wrote three novels: The Heart of the Lotus, A Lion In The House, and The Honey, The
Locust. Her short stories are found in two collections: Cuentos, and Choice. She edited a collection
of writings by Cebu writers, Cebuano Harvest I (New Day Publishers, 1992). She also collected and
edited, The Stories of Estrella D. Alfon(Giraffe Books, 1994.
Hope Sabanpan-Yu
Hope Sabanpan-Yu is a short story writer/poet from Cebu
City, Philippines. She earned her doctorate degree in Comparative
Literature from the University of the Philippines Dilimanand her
Master of Arts in English from the University of Calgary (Canada).
Hope is current Director[1] of the Cebuano Studies Center of the
University of San Carlos. She also serves as the Central Visayas
coordinator of the National Committee on Literary
Arts (NCLA).[2] She is the secretary of the Women Studies
Association of the Philippines (WSAP). A member of the Women
in Literary Arts (WILA) and Bathalan-ong Halad sa
Dagang (Bathalad),[3] Hope writes both in Cebuano and in English.
Her poetry has been published in several
collections: Paglaum (2000), Ang Tingog ni Maria (2001), Beads (2002) and Mga Dad-onon sa
Biyahe (2004). She edited two anthologies of interviews with Cebuano writers, Kapulongan:
Conversations with Cebuano Writers (2008),[4] and Kulokabildo: Dialogues with Cebuano
Writers (2009)[5] published by the USC Cebuano Studies Center. She co-edited Small wonder: a
collection of essays (2010)[6] with one of her students, published by USC Press. She edited the late
Cornelio Faigao's collection of poetry Canto Voice (2013)[7] and also co-edited Brown Child: The Best
of Faigao Poetry and Fiction(2013)[8] with Erlinda Alburo, published by USC Press.
Hope has also translated several authors of Cebuano fiction. Mila's Mother (2008),[9] published by
the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, is a translation of Austregelina Espina-Moore's
serialized novel entitled Ang Inahan ni Mila. Men at Sea and other stories (2009),[10] also published
by the NCCA, is a translation of Gremer Chan Reyes's short story collection Binuhat sa lawod ug
uban pang mga sugilanon. Crack Shot and other Stories (2010),[11] a translation of the short story
collection of Ernesto D. Lariosa's Hingigo ug uban pang mga sugilanon was published by the USC
Press together with Where the fire tree grows (2010), a novel by Austregelina Espina-Moore. USC
Press published two of her translated volumes, Reawakened Bliss (2011, with Haidee Palapar),[12] a
collection of Gardeopatra Quijano's short fiction and Hunger in Nayawak and other stories (2012,
with Trizer Mansueto),[13] a compilation of Lamberto Ceballos's prize-winning fiction. She edited
Temistokles Adlawan's collection Because love is not blind (2012),[14] translated by Merlie Alunan,
and likewise translated another Austregelina Espina-Moore novel House of Cards (2013),[15] both of
which were published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
In 2007, Hope's doctoral dissertation was given the Best Dissertation award from the University of
the Philippines. Subsequently it was published by the University of the Philippines Press
as Women's Common Destiny: Maternal Representations in the Serialized Cebuano Fiction of Hilda
Montaire and Austregelina Espina-Moore (2009).[16] It was awarded the prestigious Lourdes Lontok-
Cruz Award for research excellence last April 30, 2010. Her other scholarly works are Bridging
Cultures: The Migrant Philippine Woman in the Works of Jessica Hagedorn, Fatima Lim-Wilson and
Sophia Romero (2011),[17] Institutionalizing Motherhood (2011),[18] The Controlling
Mother (2014)[19] and The Other(ed) Woman: Critical Essays (2014) published by the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Resil Mojares

Resil B. Mojares is a Filipino

ambassador, historian, and critic of Philippine literature. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, a
master’s degree in Literature and postgraduate studies all at the University of San Carlos, as well as
a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of the Philippines Diliman. A retired Professor at
the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City, he was a founding director (1975–96) of
USC's Cebuano Studies Center, a pioneering local studies center in the Philippines.
Mojares has authored books on Philippine history, literature, and politics, including studies on three
eminent Filipino intellectuals (Pedro Paterno, T.H. Pardo de Tavera, and Isabelo de los Reyes).
He has been a recipient of six Philippine National Book Awards. His books include The War Against
the Americans: Resistance and Collaboration in Cebu Province; Aboitiz: Family & Firm in the
Philippines; House of Memory: Essays; and Vicente Sotto, The Maverick Senator (Cebuano Studies
Center, 1992).
Mojares has been a visiting professor at Kyoto University, the National University of Singapore, and
the University of California at Los Angeles where he lectures on "The Philippine Novel" and "Topics
in Philippine Cultural History".
Mojares is writing the history of Cebu Province for the Cebu Town History Project.
Martin Abellana

Martin Abellana (1904–1989) was a Filipino Visayan writer. He

was a teacher by profession. In the years 1956 to 1958, he was president of the LUDABI, a group of
writers in Cebuano. His novels are characterized by a concern for the working class.
Abellana National School, Cebu City is named after him.

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