• published writer of all sorts of genres (from serious poetry
to horror stories for adolescents to humorous essays to
• She did the writing, lay outing and publishing of the spoof of
her school's campus paper. She sold each copy for P2.00 or
$ 0.05 to her classmates.
• She took up BA Creative Writing (Filipino) in the University
of the Philippines while she worked as a waitress at night.
She graduated cum laude in 2002. She immediately signed
up for MA Filipino, major in Literature. She is very optimistic
that she will finish the course soon.
• She is the youngest member of UMPIL or Unyon ng mga
Manunulat sa Pilipinas' Board of Directors in 2004-2010.
• president of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) in
2007-2009. LIRA is the premiere and the oldest organization
of Filipino poets who write primarily in the national
• She is the Executive Officer for Membership and
Documentation of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society
(FILCOLS), an organization of authors and publishers that
helps fight for the economic rights of copyright holders.
• a renowned teacher, editor, writer, and pioneer of creative nonfiction.
Garnering honors since her colegiala days, Dr. Hidalgo has also
received such prestigious awards as Gawad Balagtas, Graphic, Free
Press, Focus, Manila Critics' Circle, British Council Grant to
Cambridge, and the U.P. President's Award for Outstanding
Publication. She has been recognized as Outstanding Thomasian
Writer, Hall of Famer for the International Publication Award, and
Grand Prize winner for the Novel in the Palanca Awards. She was Vice
President for Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines and at
present is the director of the University of Sto. Tomas Publishing
House, and an associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing.
author of two books of poetry,
• Pag-aabang sa Kundiman: Isang Tulambuhay (2006) and
• Isa Na Namang Pagtingala sa Buwan (2005).
• His 2009 novel, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog
[Eight Muses of the Fall],
longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and won the
NCCA Writer's Prize for the Novel.
His works have also received awards from the
Palanca, PBBY Salanga Writer's Prize, Gawad Surian sa
Tula and Gantimpalang Collantes. His second novel, Sa
Kasunod ng 909, which won the 2011 KAL Gawad Antonio
M. Abad for Best Dissertation in UP Diliman, will be
published soon. He was invited as writer in residence to
the 2010 International Writing Program of the University
of Iowa. Samar teaches Philippine Literature and Creative
Writing at Ateneo de Manila University and is now the
Director of the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and
• has published more than 25 books of
fiction and nonfiction, winning many
awards for his writing both in the
Philippines and overseas. He has been
a Fulbright, Hawthornden, British
Council, David TK
Wong, Rockefeller, and Civitella Ranieri
fellow. He has lectured on Philippine
culture and politics in the US, the
UK, Australia, New
Zealand, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, an
d China, among other places. His
second novel, Soledad's Sister, was
shortlisted for the inaugural Man
Asian Literary Prize in 2007.