Silliman University National Writers Workshop

10 fellows to 2019 Silliman University National Writers Workshop Named

Silliman University, together with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, presents the 58th edition of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop on April 29 to May 10 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental and the SU Campus.

Ten writers from all over the Philippines have been accepted as workshop fellows. They are the following:


  • Arielle Abrigo of Antipolo City
  • Alsteine Diapana of Cebu City


  • Jefferson Del Rosario of Danao City
  • Dave Pregoner of Lapu-Lapu City


  • Kaisa Aquino of Quezon City
  • Catherina Dario of Muntinlupa City
  • Samuel Evardone of Metro Manila

Creative Nonfiction

  • Donna Patricia Manio of Imus City, Cavite
  • Riddick Recoter of Metro Manila
  • Maria Gliceria Valdez of Davao City

Tara Eunice de Leon and Jhudiel Brigid Plando will join them as special fellows for fiction and nonfiction respectively.
Two applicants have also been invited as special workshop mentees: Alter Hofileña of Misamis Occidental and Geormie Yanoc of Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

The panel of writers/critics for this year includes Director-in-Residence Anthony Tan, resident writers Cesar Ruiz Aquino and Ian Rosales Casocot, as well as regular panelists Alfred Yuson and Marjorie Evasco. They will be joined by guest panelists Rica Bolipata-Santos, Simeon Dumdum Jr., Susan Lara, Grace Monte de Ramos, and National Artist for Literature Resil Mojares.
Beginning last year, the Workshop has been accepting manuscripts for Balak (poetry in Binisaya) with corresponding English translation. The inclusion of Balak has further enriched workshop discussion regarding the craft of poetry rendered in different languages and the cultural nuances that underpin such expression.

Founded in 1962 by S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith L. Tiempo, the workshop is the oldest creative writing workshop of its kind in Asia. It was recently given the Tanging Parangal in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The Silliman University National Writers Workshop continues the legacy of the Tiempos in giving value to literature and creative writing in the Philippines.

For more information about forthcoming events during the workshop, e-mail Workshop Coordinator Lady Flor Partosa at [email protected] or call the Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 loc. 350. (Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center)

Call for Manuscripts to the 58TH Silliman University National Writers Workshop

The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for the 58th Silliman University National Writers Workshop to be held from May 6 to May 17, 2019 at the Silliman University Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village and the Silliman University campus.

This Writers Workshop is offering ten fellowships to promising writers in the Philippines who want to have a chance to hone their craft and refine their style. Fellows will be provided housing, a modest stipend, and a subsidy to partially defray costs of their transportation.

To be considered, applicants should submit manuscripts on or before December 3, 2018. (Extension to the deadline will not be made.) All manuscripts should comply with the instructions stated below. (Failure to do so will automatically eliminate their entries).

Applicants for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction fellowships should submit three to four (3-4) entries. Applicants for Poetry fellowships should submit a suite of seven to ten (7-10) poems. Applicants for Drama fellowships should submit at least one (1) One-Act Play. Each fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama manuscript should not be more than 20 pages, double spaced. We encourage you to stay well below the 20 pages. Aside from manuscripts in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Drama that should be written in English, the Workshop will also be accepting manuscripts for Balak (poetry in Binisaya). Applicants should submit a suite of seven to 10 (7-10) Balak entries with their English translations.

Manuscripts should be submitted in five (5) hard copies. They should be computerized in MS Word, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. Please indicate the category (FICTION, CREATIVE NONFICTION, POETRY, ONE-ACT DRAMA, or BALAK) immediately under the title. The page number must be typed consecutively (e.g., 1 of 30, 2 of 30, and so on) at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be Book Antiqua or Palatino, and the font size should be 12.

The applicant’s real name and address must appear only in the official application form and the certification of originality of works, and must not appear on the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be accompanied by the official application form, a notarized certification of originality of works, and at least one letter of recommendation from a literature professor or an established writer. All requirements must be complete at the time of submission.

Send all applications or requests for information to the Department of English and Literature, attention Assistant Professor Lady Flor Partosa, Workshop Coordinator, 1/F Katipunan Hall, Silliman University, 6200 Dumaguete City. For inquiries, email us at [email protected] or call 035-422-6002 loc. 350.

Downloads: 58th SUNWW Certification of Originality of Works | 58TH Workshop Recommendation Form | 58th SUNWW Application Form

Poet, Mentor, and SU Alumnus Anthony Tan is new Silliman Workshop Director

Anthony L. Tan has been appointed Director-in-Residence for the 58th Silliman University National Writers Workshop by Silliman University President Dr. Betty C. McCann upon the recommendation of the Advisory Board of the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center through its coordinator, Lady Flor Partosa.

Born and raised in Siasi, Sulu, Tony got his M.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English from Silliman University. As a student, he was editor of the 1976 issue of the University’s literary folio the Sands and Coral and fellow to the Silliman University National Writers Workshop in 1973. For more than a decade, he was a faculty member of the English Department and a regular member of the panel of critics at the Silliman National Summer Writers Workshop, where he sat with his mentors Edilberto and Edith Tiempo.

He went back to Mindanao in 1984 as faculty and later Department Chairperson at MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, where he stayed until his retirement in 2013. His poems, essays, and stories have gained national and international recognition, with his works appearing in various magazines and journals, including the Manoa (the literary journal of the Univeristy of Hawaii) and the Atlanta Review (the prestigious poetry magazine in the United States) as well in various anthologies such as a Habit of Shores (edited by Gemino Abad) and In Time Passing (edited by Leoncio Deriada). Author of two poetry collections The Badjao Cemetery and Other Poems and Poems for Muddas, Tony is recipient of various awards such as the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

As alumnus of Silliman, he has given back to his alma mater by serving the SU National Writers Workshop as panelist multiple times, becoming editor-in-chief of the special literary issue of the Silliman Journal in 2013, as well as giving lectures and facilitating workshops as Visiting Lecturer. This time, Anthony Tan returns once again to the campus by the sea as Director-in-Residence for the 2018 Silliman University National Writers Workshop, which is scheduled May 6-17, 2019.

Fellows of the 56th Silliman University Writers Workshop present Chapbook Collection

“Germane” is how the 10 fellows of the 2017 SU National Writers Workshop call their Batch and is the title of their chapbook collection. George, Jam, Hezron, Vincen, Tiff, Catherine, Arlene, Tanya, Miggy and Jake share poems and prose that capture what to them are germane to their Workshop experience.

Since 2008, the Workshop has encouraged fellows to come up with a literary folio, an anthology of works pursued as projects during the Workshop or inspired during their stay in Dumaguete and Valencia.

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The National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete is the oldest creative writing program in Asia. The Workshop has been directed for the past 50 years by National Artist for Literature Dr. Edith L. Tiempo, along with her husband and Workshop founder, the late Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo. In 2009, Dr. Edith Tiempo was named Director Emeritus of the National Writers Workshop, now known as the Silliman University National Writers Workshop.The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is the only three-week long writers workshop in the country, devoted to helping writers hone their craft in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. As the longest running among the nation’s writing workshops, the Silliman Workshop has trained several generations of writers, many of whom are now influencing the shape, direction, and development of Philippine literature. Over six hundred young writers have received the workshop fellowships, which are open for annual competitions. Many of these writers have won major prizes in the Don Carlos Palanca Literary Awards, the Philippine Graphic Literary Contest, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Contest, among others. With the workshop’s integrity and tradition over the years, it has become a rite of passage for the country’s finest writers.Apart from Silliman University, over the years the Workshop has received support from the Ford Foundation, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the CAP Family of Companies, the Creative Writing Foundation, the Dumaguete Literary Arts (DuLA) Group, and various cultural institutes based in the United States ad Europe.Last 2010 marked a milestone in the development of Philippine literature and the writing craft, as the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, headed by its first Director-in-Residence Dr. Rowena Tiempo-Torrevillas and the visionary Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, University President, first invited a writer beyond the Philippines to sit in as a guest panelist for a week to enrich the workshop by infusing Asian consciousness. The first international guest writer was Hong Kong’s Xu Xi. For 2011, it is Singapore’s Kirpal Singh.

Also in 2010, Silliman University welcomed the panelists, writing fellows, workshop alumni, and guests to the Writers Village at Camp Lookout, Valencia; its realization made possible through generous hearts.


About The Founders

Edith L. Tiempo, poet, fictionist, teacher, and literary critic, was one of the finest Filipino writers in English whose works are characterized by a remarkable fusion of style and substance, of craftsmanship and insight. She was born on 22 April 1919 in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, “The Little Marmoset” and “Bonsai”. As fictionist, Tiempo was as morally profound. Her language has been marked as “descriptive but unburdened by scrupulous detailing.” She continues to be an influential tradition in Philippine literature in English. Together with her late husband, Edilberto K. Tiempo, she founded and directed the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City, which has produced some of the country’s best writers. Tiempo’s published works include the novel A Blade of Fern (1978), His Native Coast (1979), The Alien Corn (1992), One, Tilting Leaves (1995) and The Builder (2003); the poetry collections, The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems (1966), and The Charmer’s Box and Other Poems (1993); and the short story collection Abide, Joshua, and Other Stories(1964). She died in August 2011, a few months after the 50th Anniversary of the National Writers Workshop. (Adapted from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts website)

Fiction-writer and literary critic Edilberto K. Tiempo was born in 1913. He obtained his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. In addition to having been a Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow, Dr. Tiempo, alongside wife Edith, spent around four years studying literature and creative writing in the Iowa Writers Workshop. Upon returning to the Philippines in 1962, the Tiempos founded the Silliman National Writers Workshop after the objectives of the Iowa writers’ clinic. In the 1960s, he taught in two American schools, but it was Silliman University which Tiempo chose as his base, serving as department chair, graduate school dean, vice-president for academic affairs, and writer-in-residence. He reaped numerous honors for his writing, among them the Cultural Center of the Philippines Prize, Palanca Awards, the National Book Award, and a prize in the U.P. Golden Anniversary Literary Contest. He authored over a dozen books in his lifetime. Titles include the collections A Stream at Dalton Pass and Other Stories (1970), Snake Twin and Other Stories (1992) and Literary Criticism in the Philippines and Other Essays (1995); as well as the novels Cry Slaughter (1957), which had four New York printings and six European translations, To Be Free (1972), the award-winning More Than Conquerors(1982), and Cracked Mirror (1984). Tiempo died in September of 1996, but his final novel, Farah, saw print in 2001. (Adapted from the Panitikan website)


 is an MFA Creative Writing student at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is in the editorial board of PRISM International and has translated children’s stories for The African Storybook project at UBC. She has taught English at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the University of Santo Tomas. She did her BA and MA in Literature at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She had just began her PhD when she re-discovered a long lost dream of becoming a writer through an elective class. Though she was born in Surigao del Sur, her parents are Waray and she considers Tacloban her hometown. She is a fellow for fiction.

TIFF CONDE is a memoirist from Quezon City. Her essays have been honored by Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a fellow for creative nonfiction.

 is a licensed pharmacist, currently taking up MA in Creative Writing at the University of Santo Tomas. Her works have won at the annual Gawad USTETIKA, third place in Poetry in 2015 and first place in Essay in 2016. She was also a fellow in the recently concluded University of Santo Tomas National Writers Workshop. She is a fellow for fiction.

GEORGE DEOSO is a graduating student of AB Literature at the University of Santo Tomas. He has earned a number of writing fellowships inside and outside the university, such as the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies’ 1st Thomasian Students Summer Writers Workshop, The Varsitarian’s 10th and 11th Creative Writing Workshop, and DLSU’s First IWP Alumni Writers Workshop. His short stories, “Road Reblocking” and “The Short Curious Life of Mr. Clock-man,” won second place for the fiction category of the 30th Gawad Ustetika and the Best Entry for Prose category in the 2015 edition of Dapitan, respectively. A number of his works also won places in the 31st Gawad Ustetika, including “Poems in Praise of the Matriarch” (1st place, Poetry), “Ang Watak-watak na Salinlahi ni Godot” (1st place, Tula), and “Patayin sa Sindak si Juan Dela Cruz” (3rd place, Sanaysay). He is currently the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the Thomasian Writers Guild. He is fellow for poetry.

CESAR MIGUEL “MIGGY” ESCAÑO lives in Tacloban City, Leyte. He taught English at the Ateneo de Manila for ten years. Prior to that, he was a reporter for BusinessWorld for two years. He contributes feature articles to the Philippine Daily InquirerManila Bulletin, and Mabuhay Magazine. In 2016, he rediscovered his love for writing fiction and has been writing nonstop ever since.  He is fellow for fiction.

CATHERINE ORDA is a senior economics major in De La Salle University-Manila, where she writes monthly feature articles for The LaSallian. She lives in Quezon City. She is a fellow for creative nonfiction.

ELIJAH PASCUAL is a Creative Writing graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University. His poetry has been published in Public Pool and Rambutan Literary. He has also written for Rogue and Young Star. He is fellow for poetry.

HEZRON G. PIOS is taking up Liberal Arts and Commerce Major in Communication and Marketing Management at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod. He is a magazine writer and contributor for The Spectrum, the university’s official media corps, which has garnered numerous regional awards. He is fellow for poetry.

JAKE RAMOS holds a BFA in both Creative Writing and Information Design from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a graphic designer by day and a content creator by night. He currently resides in Cebu City with a dog named Winter. He is fellow for fiction.

VINCEN GREGORY YU recently graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital under the 7-year Intarmed program. He is a contributing theater reviewer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and member of the jury for the Philstage Gawad Buhay! Awards for the Performing Arts. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Maximum Volume 2 and Fantasy: Fiction for Young Adults, while his poems have been published internationally in such places as Stone Telling, Pedestal Magazine, Bacopa Literary Review, Popshot Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and Sentinel Literary Quarterly. In 2009, he won a Palanca Award for Kabataan Essay in English. He is fellow for fiction.


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  • Sem Precioso Villareal
  • Sergio Pontillas



  • Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
  • Ceres Abanil
  • Isagani D. Bayan Jr.
  • Jojo Alamillo
  • Jude Espina Ganzon
  • Lawrence Ypil
  • Lilledeshan Bose
  • Miguel Syjuco
  • Raymund Magno Garlitos
  • Rebecca E. Khan
  • Rizaldy Dandan
  • Tanya Sevilla



  • Allan Popa
  • Barbara Ricafrente
  • Bernice Roldan
  • Christine Flores
  • Indira Endaya
  • Jessica del Mundo
  • John Go
  • Jose Perez Beduya
  • Mayo Uno Aurelio Martin
  • Libay Linsangan Cantor



  • Alex de los Santos
  • Elmer Pizo
  • Gerald Ramos
  • Ian Rosales Casocot
  • Isolde Amante
  • Jean Claire Dy
  • Noel Villaflor
  • Roberto Salva
  • Ted Limpoco
  • Ulysses Navarro
  • Vincenz Serrano
  • Wayne Mark Lopez
  • Sheryll Tesch*



  • Christine Alindada
  • Anna Bernaldo-Romulo
  • Alfonso I. Dacanay
  • Paul De Guzman
  • Jeneen Garcia
  • Barry Gutierrez
  • BJ Patiño
  • Janet Villa
  • Yeyet Villa
  • Marby Villaceran



  • Kristine Alave
  • Daryll Jane Delgado
  • Ana Maria Katigbak-Lacuesta
  • Peter Mayshle
  • Maryanne Moll
  • Michael Morco
  • Allan Pastrana
  • Baryon Tensor Posadas
  • Angelo Suarez
  • Naya Valdellon
  • Kitty Taniguchi*



  • Mark Anthony Cayanan
  • Vincent Coscolluela
  • Jonathan Davila
  • Louella Fortez
  • Ken Ishikawa
  • Carljoe Javier
  • Francezca Kwe
  • Nikki Jasmine Paredes
  • Rolando Salvaña
  • Anna Felicia Sanchez
  • Joseph Rosmon Tuazon
  • Niccolo Vitug



  • Selina Alano
  • Ia Aparentado
  • John Bengan
  • Mitzie Correa
  • Hedwig De Leon
  • Faye Ilogon
  • Marie La Viña
  • Gabriela Lee
  • Glenn Maboloc
  • Monica Macansantos
  • Ginny Mata
  • James Iain Neish
  • Romel Oribe
  • Myrza Sison



  • Anna Cristina Abola
  • Angela Balcita
  • Jose Perseus Canivel
  • Mikael Co
  • Elizabeth Rae Cowan
  • Matthew Davis
  • Jun Dela Rosa
  • Maria Cynthia Diangson
  • Bernadette Esposito
  • Whitney Fleming
  • Brian Goedde
  • Jynelle Gracia
  • Charisse-Fuschia Paderna
  • Des Parawan
  • Benedict Parfan
  • Gerardo Peralta
  • Bonnie Rough
  • Rica Bolipata-Santos
  • Alex Sheshunoff
  • Virginia Villanueva
  • Alfredo Diaz



  • Douglas Candano
  • Dominique Cimafranca
  • Erica Jean Cabanawan
  • Darwin Chiong
  • Patricia Evangelista
  • Antonio Adrian Habana
  • Anna Escalante Neri
  • Noel Pingoy
  • Michellan Sarile
  • Larissa Mae Suarez
  • Andrea Teran



  • Kristian Abe Dalao
  • Krisette Sia-Valderia
  • Jennelyn Tabora
  • Sharleen Banzon
  • Cecille La Verne de la Cruz
  • Pancho Villanueva
  • Catherine Alpay
  • Sasha Martinez
  • Janina Marie Rivera
  • Michelle Eve de Guzman
  • Robert Jed Rio Malayang
  • Mia Tijam
  • Martin Villanueva
  • Jan Paulo Bastareche
  • Primy Joy Cane
  • Justine Megan Yu



  • Lawrence Bernabe
  • Noelle Leslie dela Cruz
  • Ma. Celeste Fusilero
  • Rodrigo dela Peña Jr.
  • Arlene Jaguit Yandug
  • Bron Joseph Teves
  • Marguerite Alcarazen de Leon
  • Dustin Edward Celestino
  • Joshua Lim So
  • Liza Bacay
  • F. Jordan Carnice
  • Ma. Elena Paulma
  • Anna Carmela Tolentino
  • Lamberto Varias Jr.



  • Ynna Abuan
  • Jonathan Gonzales
  • Arkaye Keirulf
  • Petra Magno
  • Niño Manaog
  • Keith Bryan Cortez
  • Ana Margarita Stuart del Rosario
  • Mo Francisco
  • Russell Stanley Geronimo
  • Aleck Maramag
  • Gabriel Millado
  • Bea Nakpil
  • Joy Rodriguez
  • Philip Kimpo Jr.
  • Marck Ronald Rimorin



  • Gian Paolo Simeon Lao
  • Dominique Allison Santos
  • Jacob Walse-Dominguez
  • Oscar Serquina Jr.
  • Aaron James Jalalon
  • Jenette Ethel Vizcocho
  • Gilda Ysobel Galang
  • Anne Carly Abad
  • Gino Francis Dizon
  • Jose Carlo Flordeliza
  • Ida Anita Del Mundo
  • Samantha Echavez
  • Kelly Marie Tulio Conlon
  • Miro Frances Capili
  • Tina del Rosario



  • Charmaine Carreon
  • Eva Gubat
  • Jeffrey Javier
  • Allen Samsuya
  • Alyza Taguilaso
  • Glenn Diaz
  • Christine V. Lao
  • Emmanuel Lean Lava
  • Andrea N. Macalino
  • Marius Monsanto
  • Philline Marie Donggay
  • Rogelio Garcia Jr.
  • Miguel Antonio Sulangi
  • Elaine Tobias
  • Miel Villaruel
  • Jasmine Teh



  • CD Borden
  • Deborah Rosalind Nieto
  • Michael Aaron Gomez
  • Thomas David Chavez
  • Michelle Abigail Tiu Tan
  • Christian Tablazon
  • Timothy James Dimacali
  • Ma. Vida Frances Cruz
  • Hazel Meghan Hamile
  • Zendy Victoria Sue Valencia
  • Karlo Antonio David



  • Corina Marie B. Arenas
  • Nuyul Asyikin
  • Jennifer dela Rosa Balboa
  • N. Adrian de Pedro
  • Tracey dela Cruz
  • Sophia Marie Lee
  • Christine Leow
  • Isa Lorenzo
  • Arnie Mejia
  • Mario Mendez
  • Rhea Politado
  • Trish Shishikura
  • Brylle Tabora
  • Patricia Verzo
  • Lyde Gerard Villanueva



  • Jovy Almero
  • Jose Jason Chancoco
  • Prescilla Dorado
  • Jose Renato Evangelista
  • Deil Jossaine Galenzoga
  • Johanna Michelle Lim
  • Daniel Hao Chua Olivan Jr.
  • Rolly Jude M. Ortega
  • Camille Rivera
  • Jan Kevin Rivera
  • Roberto Klemente Timonera
  • Christian Renz Torres
  • Gracielle Deanne Tubera
  • Mae T. Young
  • Lorraine Janice Wood



  • Jona Branzuela Bering
  • Aimee Paulette O. Cando
  • Luis Manuel Diores
  • Rowena Rose M. Lee
  • Patricia Corazon F. Lim
  • Miguel Antonio Lizada
  • Mohammad Nassefh R. Macla
  • Kristine Abelink Patenio
  • Darylle Luzarita Rubino
  • Khail Campos Santia
  • Rodolfo Eduardo T. Santiago
  • Edmark Tejarcio Tan
  • John Patrick Allanegui
  • Catherine Regina Hanopol Borlaza
  • Christian Ray Buendia
  • Bernice Cabildo
  • Christine Faith V. Gumalal
  • David Lao
  • RJ Ledesma
  • Arnel F. Murga
  • Marianne Freya Nono
  • Veronica A. Vega
  • Arlene Theresa Avila
  • Tiffany Corinne Conde
  • Maria Tanya Patricia Pilares Cruz
  • George G. Deoso
  • Cesar Miguel Lopez Escaño
  • Catherine Anne A. Orda
  • Elijah Maria Villanueva Pascual
  • Hezron G. Pios
  • Matthew Jacob F. Ramos
  • Vincen Gregory Y. Yu

*special auditors

Panelists and Screeners


Excelling both in prose and poetry, JAIME AN LIM has received various awards such as the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for fiction in English, short story for children, and essay. While he was a graduate student in Indiana University in the U.S., he was given the Ellis Literary Award for Best Graduate Fiction and the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2000, he was awarded the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for Poetry and Fiction in English by the Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL). An Lim is also a multi-degree holder, obtaining his PhD and MA degrees in Comparative Literature as well as an MS and Ed.S degrees in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Through the years, he has held various teaching, administrative, and consultancy positions: English Consultant for Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCI) in Indonesia; Full Professor of English at MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology; and Dean in the Institute of Arts and Sciences at Far Eastern University. He was fellow of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop in 1973, and is an alumnus of Silliman University, graduating in 1974 with an M.A. in English in Creative Writing.


CÉSAR RUÌZ AQUINO was in the very first national writers workshop, summer of 1962, held for three weeks at Silliman University in Dumaguete where he lingered on as a Creative Writing hopeful mentored by the Tiempos. The following year he attended Leonard Casper’s Literary Seminar at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School on Padre Faura where Gemino Abad and he were classmates and didn’t know it until 2012! UST Publishing House published his book of poems, Caesuras, last year and is set to come up with another, Like A Shadow That Only Fits A Figure Of Which It Is Not The Shadow, late this year. However, the author now says he feels he can no longer claim to be the country’s most lyrical poet after seeing the recent love poems  of Wilfredo Pascua Sanchez and Erwin E. Castillo.


IAN ROSALES CASOCOT is a novelist and teaches film, literature, and creative writing in Silliman University in Dumaguete City. He has won the Palanca Award several times, and has also won the NVM Gonzalez Prize, a PBBY Salanga Writers Prize, and the FullyBooked/Neil Gaiman Philippine Graphic/Fiction Prize for his fiction. He has published seven books including FutureShock Prose: An Anthology of Young Writers and New Literatures (Silliman Press, 2002), Old Movies and Other Stories (NCCA, 2005), Beautiful Accidents: Stories (University of the Philippines Press, 2011), Heartbreak & Magic: Stories of Fantasy and Horror (Anvil, 2011), and Inday Goes About Her Day (Locsin Books, 2012). Two collectons—The Lives of Bamboo Girls (Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2017) and Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut (Anvil, 2017)—are forthcoming. In 2008, his novel Sugar Land was longlisted in the Man Asian Literary Prize, the biggest prize for the novel in English in Asia. He was Writer-in-Residence for the International Writers Program of the University of Iowa in the United States in 2010. He was Founding Coordinator of the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center. 




GÉMINO H. ABAD, University Professor emeritus of literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines, is a poet, fictionist, literary critic and historian, and anthologist with various honors and awards. In 2009 he received Italy’s Premio Feronia for his poetry translated into Italian by Gëzim Hajdari and Amoà Fatuiva under the title, Dove le parole non si spezzano (Where No Words Break). He has to date thirty books to his name. Care of Light (2010) is his eighth poetry collection, and Imagination’s Way (2010), his eighth collection of critical essays; he also has two collections of short stories, Orion’s Belt (1996) and A Makeshift Sun (2001). He is known also for his three-volume historical anthology of Filipino poetry in English: Man of Earth (co-ed., Edna Zapanta Manlapaz; 1989), A Native Clearing (sole editor, 1993), and A Habit of Shores (sole editor, 1999). He has recently finished his six-volume anthology of Philippine short stories in English over the period 1956 to 2008: the first two-volume set is called Upon Our Own Ground(2008); the second set, Underground Spirit (2010); and the third, Hoard of Thunder (2012). Dr. Abad obtained his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago in 1970, and continues to teach at UP where he has served as Secretary of the University, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Director of the U.P. Creative Writing Center (now an Institute).


SUSAN S. LARA is a distinguished fictionist whose stories have won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Focus Literary Awards. She wrote the National Book Award-winning Letting Go and Other Stories, and her fiction and essays have been published in various anthologies. She majored in English at the University of the Philippines Diliman, attended the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, and attended the Seminar on Contemporary British Writing at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as a British Council grantee. She held the Irwin Lee Professorial Chair in Creating Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2011. She has served as panelist in various writers workshops, including the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) Writers Workshop, the De La Salle University’s Malate Writers Workshop, and the University of St. La Salle’s Iyas Writers Workshop. She had served as special assistant to the CEO and head of the Public Affairs Office of Pag-IBIG Fund and communications consultant at the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. Currently she is a professional editorial consultant and writing coach, and facilitates writing seminars and workshops for corporate clients.

ALFRED A. YUSON, nicknamed Krip, has authored 28 books thus far, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, children’s stories, biographies and coffee-table books, apart from having edited various titles that include several literary anthologies. He has gained numerous distinctions, including the 2009 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from UMPIL or Writers Union of the Philippines, the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan award from the City of Manila, a Rockefeller Foundation grant for residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy, and the SEAWrite (SouthEast Asian Writers) Award from Thai royalty for lifetime achievement. He has also been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He has enjoyed fellowships in various international writing programs, and participated in conferences, festivals and reading tours in numerous countries. His poetry and prose have been translated into a dozen languages. He co-founded the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC), Creative Writing Foundation, Inc. (CWF), and Manila Critics Circle, and served as Chairman of UMPIL (Writers Union of the Philippines). He has also been a board member of the Movie and Television Ratings and Classification Board under the Office of the President of the Philippines. Yuson has won a FAMAS Award and a Catholic Mass Media Award (CMMA) for a feature-length film screenplay. He has also been a documentary filmmaker and scriptwriter, as well as a book, magazine and newspaper editor and designer. He has been Philippines Editor for MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of Hawaii. He taught fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he held the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair. He contributes a weekly literature and culture column to a national broadsheet, The Philippine Star, and a monthly column to Illustrado magazine published in Dubai.



JOSE WENDELL P. CAPILI earned his degrees from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Tokyo, University of Cambridge and The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific), Australian National University, where he completed his PhD on the Emergence of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers in Australia. He has published 7 books and over 300 articles in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. He received Carlos Palanca and Cultural Center of the Philippines for Literature as well as scholarships, grants and fellowships from Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Hong Kong, Philippine, Australian and British governments. He was a recipient of the UP Gawad Chancellor, the Carlos P. Romulo Professorial Chair, The UP International Publication Award,  The UP Centennial Professorial Chair and The One UP Professorial Chair for Teaching and Research. He was a Visiting Scholar, Writer and Professor at the University of Cambridge, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University of Hong Kong, University of Malaya, University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, Waseda University, University of Western Australia, and Yonsei University. His creative and critical productions were presented in several conferences and festivals, including the Cambridge Seminar on the Contemporary Writer (2000), Hong Kong International Literary Festival (2001), Sydney Writers’ Festival (2007, 2008), and The 76th PEN International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2010). He has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CCTV (China), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), El Pais (Spain), NHK (Japan),  SBS (Australia), and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) for his insights on creative writing, higher education, literature, migration and popular culture. He is Professor of English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman. For eight years, he served as Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs & Director, Office of Alumni Relations, University of the Philippines System.

J. NEIL C. GARCIA teaches creative writing and comparative literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a fellow for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose(2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), Misterios and Other Poems (2005), and Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques (2003). In 2009, Hong Kong University Press published its own international edition of his Philippine Gay Culture (1996). Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famous Ladlad series of Philippine gay writing. Another important anthology that he edited is Aura: the Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012. He regularly contributes film and theater reviews to GMA News Online. His most recent books are The Postcolonial Perverse: Critiques of Contemporary Philippine Culture, Homeless in Unhomeliness: Postcolonial Critiques of Philippine Literature, and Myth and Writing: Occasional Prose. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.

GRACE R. MONTE DE RAMOS is a product of Silliman University’s creative writing program. She has been a teacher of literature, a government bureaucrat, a cultural worker, stay-at-home mom, and freelance journalist, editor, and translator. She has also been on the panel of the Iyas Workshop of the University of St. La Salle. Grace writes and edits copy for Kitang Lungsuranon, the community newspaper of her hometown. This past year she has been busy writing reading primers in Sinugbuanon for the Mother Tongue Education Program. Finding the experience more challenging than writing poetry, she has learned to look at even the simplest-sounding manuscript with respect.

D.M. REYES is author of the poetry collection Promising Lights. He has an MA in Literature (English) from the Ateneo de Manila University and is on the faculty of Ateneo’s English Department and its Fine Arts Program. He recently completed research fellowships with The Nippon Foundation and The ASIA Fellows Program which brought him to several institutes and cultural sites across Southeast Asia.




MYRNA PEÑA-REYES earned her BA in English from Silliman University and went on to acquire her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, where she also taught. Ms. Peña-Reyes has already published two books of poems, The River Singing Stone (Anvil, 1994) and Almost Home: Poems (UP Press, 2003; 2004).  Her other poems, fiction, essays, and literary reviews have appeared in the Sands and Coral, the Silliman Journal, the Philippine Collegian, Solidarity, the Philippine Free Press, The Weekly Graphic, the Weekly Women’s Magazine, the Asia-Philippines Leader, and The Sunday Times Magazine. Her works were also anthologized in Philippine publications such as the Likhaan Anthology of Philippine Literature in English From 1900 to the Present (1998); A Habit of Shores: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English ‘60s to the ‘90s (1999); and Filipino Women Writers in English:  Their Story 1905-2002 (2003) as well as in US publications:  From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry (1993); The Forbidden Stitch (1989); Making Waves (1989); Gathering Ground (1984); Anthology of Eugene Writers #1 (1982), and Sequoia (1973).


Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas (2010-2012)
Susan S. Lara (2013-14)
Ricardo de Ungria (2015-2016)
Jaime An Lim (2017-     )
Gémino H. Abad
Temistokles Adlawan
Dean Francis Alfar
Nikki Alfar
Merlie Alunan
César Ruìz Aquino
Jaime An Lim
Francisco Arcellana
Juaniyo Arcellana
Butch Bandillo
Cirilo Bautista
Leonidas Benesa
Rofel Brion
Hortense Calisher
Ian Rosales Casocot
Erwin Castillo
Kelly Cherry
Carlos Cortes
Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
Beth Day-Romulo
Ricardo de Ungria
Lu Decenteceo
Ricaredo Demetillo
Leoncio Deriada
Ophelia A. Dimalanta
Simeon Dumdum Jr.
Paul Engle
Patricia Evangelista
Marjorie Evasco
Albert Louis Faurot
William Gaddis
J. Neil C. Garcia
David Genotiva
NVM Gonzalez
Robin Hemley
Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo
Tammy Ho Lai Ming
Luisa Igloria
Nick Joaquin
Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta
Susan S. Lara
Amiel Y. Leonardia
Gwee Li Sui
Rosario Cruz Lucero
Bienvenido Lumbera
Francis Macansantos
David McKirdy
Grace Monte de Ramos
Timothy Montes
Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Charlson Ong
Paul Palmore
Alvin Pang
Jose Victor Peñaranda
Butch Perez
Kerima Polotan
Myrna Peña-Reyes
David Quemada
Prashani Rambukwella
Danton Remoto
Danilo Francisco M. Reyes
Kenneth Rexroth
Dinah Roma
Benilda Santos
Kirpal Singh
Anthony Tan
Macario Tiu
Tim Tomlinson
Emmanuel Torres
Lemuel Torrevillas
Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas
Katrina Tuvera
Bobby Flores Villasis
John Jack Wigley
Ernesto Superal Yee
Yeo Wei Wei
Alfred Yuson
Xu Xi
Eliza Victoria
* We are in the process of making a complete database of panelists since 1962. This listing is incomplete.


Edith L. Tiempo+, Director Emeritus
Edilberto K. Tiempo+

University President
Ben S. Malayang III 

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Betsy Joy B. Tan 

The 56th Silliman University National Writers Workshop 
Workshop Organization

Jaime An-Lim

Workshop Coordinator
Lady Flor Partosa

Deputy Workshop Coordinator/Finance Officer
Alana Leilani Cabrera-Narciso

J Marie Maxino, Marketing Officer/Assistant Transportation Officer
Hellene Piñero, Assistant Finance Officer/Overall Head, Physical Set-up

Working Committee
Moses Joshua Atega, VIP Relations Head
Rebecca de la Torre, Guests/Auditor Relations Head
Hermiesela Duran, Food Officer
Joan Generoso, Accommodations and Medical Emergency
Myla Patron, Food Officer
Ronelaine Picardal, Evaluations Officer
Charmaine Melaño, Publicity Head
Anne Riconalia, Food Head
Jennifer Solitana, Accommodations and Medical Emergency

Workshop Assistants
Mike Gomez
Valerie Durias

Transportation Officers
Philip Van Peel
J Marie Maxino

Screening Committee
César Ruìz Aquino
Ian Rosales Casocot
Jaime An-Lim
Myrna Peña-Reyes

To be determined

The Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village is a gift by Atty. Enrique Sobrepeña Jr. – 1973  Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee in the field of business to Silliman University. Atty. Sobrepeña’s dedication to the arts has helped establish Silliman’s role as a hub for literature and creative writing in Asia. The Writers Village is named in honor of his wife Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña.

Today, the site is the primary venue for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, founded by Drs. Edilberto and Edith Tiempo in 1961. The Writers Village, a project initiated by University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, is part of a long tradition of gifts to the University from the Sobrepeñas, avid patrons who have also helped keep the workshop alive as keen supporters through the years.

The donation for the creation of the Writers Village, located in Camp Lookout, in Bongbong, Valencia, was facilitated by former University President Dr. Quintin S. Doromal. Groundbreaking rites were held on 15 November 2009, and dedication rites were held on 13 April 2010. The Village was first used for the 49th National Writers Workshop in May 2010.

The Writers Village is now home to writers of all persuasions. Its establishment helps promote the arts and culture at Silliman University and in the Dumaguete and Negros Oriental community.


For more information, please contact:

Asst. Prof. Lady Flor N. Partosa

Coordinator, Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center
Department of English and Literature
1/F Katipunan Hall
College of Arts and Sciences
Silliman University
6200 Dumaguete City

Tel. No. (035) 422-6002 loc. 520
Email: [email protected]