Third Filipino American International Book Festival

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Dean Francis Alfar
…is a fictionist and advocate of speculative fiction. His stories have been published and anthologized in the Philippines and abroad (Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, The Apex Book of World SF, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and the Exotic Gothic series among many others).
      His books include the novel Salamanca; short fiction collections The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, How to Traverse Terra Incognita, East of the Sun and Other Stories, and A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila and Other Stories; and the children’s book How Rosang Taba Won A Race. He has edited or co-edited volumes of the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines, Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology and Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction.
      His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature — including the Grand Prize for Novel for Salamanca — as well as the National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion, the Philippines Free Press Literary Award, and the Gintong Aklat Award.
      Dean lives in Manila with his wife and tango partner, award-winning fictionist Nikki Alfar, and their daughters Sage and Rowan.
Events: Filipino Arts and Literature (10/4), Speculative Fiction/Kuwento Anthology

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Nikki Alfar
…has fought fire 7,000 feet in midair and killed a snake with a flip-flop. Confoundingly, she finds writing much harder, but has nevertheless managed to cadge recognition out of the Palanca, Nick Joaquin, and international Mariner literary awards. She therefore perseveres, getting fiction published locally and globally (Her Facebook timeline has an updated bibliography), including her short story collections WonderLust (Anvil Publishing, 2014) and the National Book Award-winning Now, Then, and Elsewhen (UST Publishing, 2013). She also smokes like a chimney, dances the tango with her husband Dean, and invents whimsical origami for their daughters Sage and Rowan.
      Nikki more often than not co-edits the critically-acclaimed annual anthology series Philippine Speculative Fiction, has further co-edited The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005 – 2010 (UP Press), and edited the absolutely free Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler (Flipside Publishing). She’s a proud founding member of the LitCritters writing group, has been a fellow at the UP National Writers’ Workshop as well as a judge for the Palanca and Philippines Free Press literary awards, and was selected as one of twelve ‘Filipina writers of note’ by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings.
      She’s perpetually learning to cook better, and speak some Spanish.

Events: Filipino Arts and Literature (10/4), Speculative Fiction/Kuwento Anthology

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Patis Tesoro
Beatriz “Patis" Pamintuan Tesoro is known for designs using local fibers such as abaca, piña, Mindanao silk and introducing these into high fashion. She advocated and lobbied for the preservation and revival of a weaving industry focused on piña and other natural materials and evolving a now vibrant artisan community of weavers and embroiderers. She is recognized as the Dame of Philippine Fashion, mother of the “Bohemian Filipiniana” fashion and a world traveler. She is the author of The Art of Philippine Embelishment.
Events: Gallery Talk at the AAM (10/3), Philippine Textiles (10/4), Gallery Talk at the AAM (10/4)

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Nicanor G. Tiongson
… is professor emeritus at the UP Film Institute of the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman. He served as dean of the CMC in 2003-2006. In 1986-1994, he served as vice president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He served as Chair of the MTRCB in 2001. He was board member of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association, founding chair of the Dulaang Babaylan, and founding member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
    As a creative writer, he has written full-length plays like the historical sarsuwelas
Pilipinas Circa 1907 and Basilia ng Malolos, a contemporary interpretation of Rizal’s novels titled Noli at Fili Dekada 2000. He wrote librettos for dance like Siete Dolores, Adarna, Gatlaya and Realizing Rama, and several scripts for documentaries on Philippine theatre, costumes, and festivals. In 2014, he wrote and produced the musical docudrama, Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos / The Women of Malolos, based on his book The Women of Malolos. Read more…
      His works have received awards from the Manila Critics Circle, the Gawad Chanselor of UP Diliman, and the National Book Development Board of the Philippines, among others. He received the Gawad CCP para sa Sining for Cultural Research and Administration, the CCP Centennial Honors for the Arts, the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi of the Ateneo de Manila University, the rank of UP Artist III in 2009-2011, and the Grant Goodman Prize for Historical studies in 2015.
Read more…

Events: Women of Malolos (10/2), Filipino Arts and Literature (10/4)

Great Britain

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Candy Gourlay
Candy Gourlay was a journalist for the Opposition Press during the Marcos era. She met and married a British correspondent during the People Power revolution. Her debut novel Tall Story was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and listed by Kirkus as one of the Outstanding Debuts of 2011. Her second novel, Shine, was nominated for the Guardian Children's Prize. Both books have won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe.

Events: Writers for Young Readers (10/3), Filipino Arts and Literature (10/4), Hot Off The Press (10/4)


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B. Lynne Milgram, PhD
      Dr. B. Lynne Milgram is Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. Since 1995, Dr. Milgram has also been a Research Affiliate at the Cordillera Studies Center, University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio City, Philippines.
      Some of Dr. Milgram” publications include Material Choices: Refashioning Bast and Leaf Fibers in Asia and the Pacific (with R. W. Hamilton); 2009, Economics and Morality: Anthropological Approaches (with K. E. Browne); and 2013, Street Economies of the Urban Global South (with K.Tranberg Hansen and W. E. Little). Of these volumes – Material Choices won the 2007 TSA (Textile Society of America) Book of the Year Award, and Street Economies won the 2014 SAW (Society for the Anthropology of Work) Book of the Year Award.

Read more…
Events: Gallery Talk at the AAM (10/3), Philippine Textiles (10/4), Gallery Talk at the AAM (10/4)

United States

Featured Authors

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Jason Bayani
… is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Press. He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and is currently the Program Manager for Kearny Street Workshop.
Events: Creating Writing Communities–Kundiman,VONA / Voices (10/3), Poetry Slam (10/4), Kearny Street Workshop (10/4)

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Arlene Biala
…is a poet and performance artist, born in San Francisco and raised in the South Bay area. She is the author of bone (1993), continental drift (1999), and her beckoning hands (2014), winner of a 2015 American Book Award. She has an MFA in Poetics from New College of CA. Performances and workshops include UT El Paso, Writers’ Week at UC Riverside, SF Asian American Jazz Festival, YBCA, Manilatown Center at the I-Hotel, La Peña, Intersection for the Arts, SFSU, and SOMArts. She has led creative writing workshops with youth and adults. She lives in Sunnyvale with husband Carl, dog Pepper, and their three children: Kai, (aries)15; Josh (scorpio)12; and Kiana (scorpio, again) 10. Arlene has been an arts education and grants program manager for the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for nearly 20 years.
Events: #allpinayeverything, On the Body (10/4)

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Maria Africa Beebe
…is a sociolinguist interested in intercultural communication and has an M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Her 25 years of global development work and research interests led her to launch Global Networks, a Portland, OR-based consulting, research, and education not-for-profit that works at the intersection of technology, content, and pedagogy. She co-edited the book AfricaDotEdu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa. Maria had academic appointments at Washington State University and Oregon State University while working on international development programs. She is a visiting researcher at Portland State University. She is co-editor of Disrupt. Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without a Doubt (FWN).
Events: Disrupt/FWN Anthology (10/3)

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Jules Delgallego
…born and raised in Manila, was educated under the Benedictine and Dominican friars for sixteen years where he developed his love for history and the arts. Delgallego's personal history was his motivation for completing his novel, The Brothers Luna. Madmen or Geniuses (2014). Both his grandfathers served in the Spanish colonial military forces and his wife's great granduncle, José Burgos was a martyred Filipino hero and priest. Numerous other family members and friends were descendants of the Luna brothers as well as some of the major characters in the book. Delgallego currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife.
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/4)

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Patty Enrado
…was born in Los Angeles and raised in Terra Bella, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program.  She writes about healthcare information technology and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. She is the author of A Village in the Fields (Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2015).
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/4)

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Luis F. Francia
…is a poet and a nonfiction writer. His latest volume of poetry is Tattered Boat, released in 2014. His poems have been translated into several languages. He has read at numerous literary festivals and most recently at the XIth International Festival of Poetry (2015), held annually in Granada, Nicaragua.
      A collection of his most recent nonfiction,
RE: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections, was released this summer. Other nonfiction works include Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, winner of both the 2002 PEN Open Book Award and the 2002 Asian American Writers Award, and Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades.
      He is on the faculty of Asian American Studies at New York University and Hunter College. He teaches creative writing at the City University of Hong Kong.

Events: Filipino American Literature (10/3), Hot Off The Press (10/3), Philippine Diaspora and Politics (10/4)

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Myles Garcia
…is a San Francisco Bay Area-based author/writer. His proudest work to date is the book Secrets of the Olympic Ceremonies. Myles is also a member of the ISOH (International Society of Olympic Historians) and has also written for the ISOH Journal.  Myles is now a correspondent for  Finally, Myles has just completed his first play, Murder a lá Mode, and his second book, 30 Years Later...Catching Up with the Marcos-Era Misdeeds (to be published in 2016).
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/4)

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Tessie Jayme
…has published two non-fiction works:  Book of Yes and I dreamt I Was Naked. Additionally, she has published Atop Pegasus, a novel of forbidden love. Her most recent novel, Black Clouds in Manila. After the Ashes was published in April 2014. Tessie’s home is in Arizona.
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/3)

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Erin Entrada Kelly
is the author of Blackbird Fly (HarperCollins). Blackbird Fly has earned three starred reviews and was named a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015 SIBA Best Book of the South, and 2015 Spring Indie Next Pick. Kelly's second book, The Land of Forgotten Girls, will be released in March 2016. In addition to writing novels, Kelly has also published numerous short stories worldwide. She was a finalist for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and was twice-nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Find her online at
Events: Filipino American Literature (10/3), Hot Off The Press (10/4)

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Lisa Suguitan Melnick
… a third-generation Filipina-American, is a professor in the Language Arts and Kinesiology divisions at the College of San Mateo, California. She is a contributing author for In the 2014 Plaridel Awards she earned honorable mention in two categories: Best Investigative/In Depth Story for “Celestino’s Crusades” and Best Personal Essay, “Just Because.” Two of her pieces appear in Beyond, Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild (Eastwind, 2014). Lisa has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in the world (FWN Global 100 Award) by the Filipina Women’s Network. She is the author of the newly published #30 Collantes Street (Carayan Press, 2015).
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/3), Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs’s Wild (10/3)

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Barbara Jane Reyes
… was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies at University of California at Berkeley, and her MFA at San Francisco State University. She is an adjunct professor in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco. She is the author of three previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005) which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry. She has also authored three poetry chapbooks, Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008), Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs, 2008), and For the City that Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press, 2012). Her newest publication is To Love as Aswang: Songs, Fragments, and Found Objects (PAWA, 2015).
Events: Filipino American Literature (10/3), Hot Off The Press (10/3), #allpinayeverything, On the body (10/4)

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Mg Roberts
…teaches writing in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Kelsey Street Press member, VONA/Voices Alum, and recipient of the Matt Clark Prize in Poetry. She is the author of not so, sea (Durga Press) and she co-edited the critical anthology Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets with Timothy Yu (Kelsey Street Press). Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Rappahannock ReviewThe Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, Maganda Magazine, Bombay Gin, Web Conjunctions, and elsewhere.
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/3), Creating Writing Communities–Kundiman,VONA / Voices (10/3)

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Tony Robles
…Tony Robles was born and raised in San Francisco.  He is author of the poetry/short story collection Cool Don't Live Here No More—A letter to San Francisco, published by Ithuriel's Spear Press in 2015. He is author of two children's books, Lakas and the Manilatown Fish and Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel. He is co-editor and Revolutionary Worker Scholar of Poor Magazine. In 2010 he nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his story, "In My Country."  Tony's essay, "The Culture of Deletion" was included in "San Francisco Lost and Found," edited by David Talbot. He is currently Board President of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation and housing organizer with Senior and Disability Action.
Events: Completely Mixed Up Anthology (10/3), Hot Off The Press (10/3), Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild (10/3)

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Rick Rocamora
… is an award-winning documentary photographer whose lifetime visual stories are about civil liberties, immigrant rights, social and economic injustice and inequality. He is the author of Filipino WW II Soldiers—America’s Second-Class Veterans for which he was awarded a Local Bay Area Heroes award by KQED and Union Bank of California. His work is widely exhibited in national and international museums and galleries, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Currently, he is working on a project about Human Wrongs in Philippine Detention Centers, Dark Memories of Torture, Incarceration, Disappearance and Death Under Ferdinand Marcos and “Living Among the Dead,” a visual story of 5 generations of the Gerbuella family who continually lived in the Manila South Cemetery. He is based in Oakland, California with his wife Sharon and son Eugene.
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/4)

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Daniel Roddick
…has a B.A. in American History with minors in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from UCSD. He also holds an M.Ed. in College Administration and Counseling from UCLA. Daniel has presented all over the United States on a variety of topics related to identity including fairness & equity, financial aid, genealogy, exploring bias, and defining multiculturalism. He is a native San Franciscan and lives there currently. He is the author of Four Sparrows. A Tale of Race, Survival in the California Gold Rush (2015).
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/3)

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Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez
…earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and currently serves on the faculty of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rodriguez's is an expert on the topic of contemporary Philippine international labor migration. She has published three books, including Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World (Univ. of Minnesota: 2010) as well as thirty articles on her research. She is co-author of Asian America. Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Dr. Rodriguez is also a committed community advocate and has been standing up for the rights of Filipino immigrants for over 20 years. She has worked especially closely with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns or NAFCON.
Events: Filipino American History (10/3)

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Marivi Soliven
…has taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines and the University of California at San Diego. Stories from her 17 books have appeared in anthologies in Manila and the United States. Her short story “Talunang Manok” was recently adapted into a short film, titled “The Losing Cock” by Delano Manongs Director Marissa Aroy.
      After gaining awards for two children’s books in 1991 and 1992, Marivi’s debut novel In the Service of Secrets won the 2011 Grand Prize for the Novel, all three prizes conferred by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. That novel, retitled The Mango Bride was published by Penguin Books in the April, 2013. The San Diego Book Awards later named The Mango Bride Best Contemporary Fiction of 2014. The novel’s Spanish edition, Hace Una Eternidad en Manila (Grupo Planeta, 2014) was released in October, 2014. National Book Store released the Filipino edition in August 2015.
Events: Babel: The specific challenges, opportunities and strategies faced and employed by literary translators (10/3)

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Aimee Suzara
…is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014) was a Finalist for the WILLA Award 2015 and her play A HISTORY OF THE BODY was a Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2015. A YBCAway awardee, her work has been presented nationally; selected for the Utah Arts Festival, One Minute Play Festival, United States of Asian America; and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts among other grantors. (Headshot by Namu Williams. Book Cover Design by Marlon Sagana Ingra)
Events: Creating Writing Communities–Kundiman,VONA / Voices (10/3), Hot Off The Press (10/4)

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Eileen Tabios
…loves books and has released about 30 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Her most recent is INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems and New (1996-1915). With poems translated into seven languages, she also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays in addition to serving as editor or guest editor for various literary journals.  She maintains a biblioliphic blog, “Eileen Verbs Books“; edits Galatea Resurrects, a popular poetry review; and steers the literary and arts publisher Meritage Press. More information is available at
Events: Filipino American Literature (10/3), Hot Off The Press (10/3)

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Jaime Yrastorza
From Fire to Freedom narrates an insight into the tapestry of the life of Dr. Jaime Alonso Yrastorza. His weave of reminiscences begins in his idyllic upbringing in rural Philippines. He reflects on the legacies that centuries of turbulent Spanish and American colonial overlords had influenced the mores and traditions of present-day Filipinos.
      Living in a battlefield of  WWII, he relives his experiences from days fraught with danger, destruction and death as his family was caught in the struggle between the Japanese and American military forces. After adolescence, he left the nation he refers to as
Perla del Mar de Oriente, leaving an adventurous and enlightening odyssey in America, rigorously pursuing years of education in prestigious universities to gain a profession and become a patriotic American citizen.  
      Dr. Jaime Alonso Yrastorza practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery for thirty-five years and is enjoying retirement with his family. Raised in rural  Philippines, he now lives in Littleton, Colorado.He is the author of
From Fire to Freedom (2014).
Events: Hot Off The Press (10/3)

Other Presenters

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Joi Barrios-Leblanc
…teaches Filipino and Philippine literature at UC Berkeley.  She has translated poetry and drama and written/edited more than a dozen books, among them the poetry collection “To Be a Woman is to Live at a Time of War”  and “Intermediate Tagalog.”  In the Philippines, she has won: literary awards, and the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service) award in 2004, and was among the 100 women chosen as Weavers of History by The Philippine Centennial Commission in 1998.  
Events: Babel: The specific challenges, opportunities and strategies faced and employed by literary translators (10/3)  

Michelle Bautista
Events: TAYO Literary Magazine Panel (10/3)

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John D. (Jody) Blanco
teaches comparative literature and cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego, with a focus on comparing Southeast Asian, Asian-American and Latin American literatures and cultures in the context of colonialism and post-colonial independence. He is the author of Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth Century Philippines (University of California Press 2009; University of the Philippines Press 2010), which examines the role played by the Church as well as the natives in the transformation of Spanish colonialism and the rise of anti-colonial nationalism in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century. HIs current research examines the rise of early trans-Pacific forms of cultural globalization during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Events: Babel: The specific challenges, opportunities and strategies faced and employed by literary translators (10/3)  

Isabella Avila Borgeson
Events: Poetry Slam (10/4)

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Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
…is the award-winning author and editor of 19 books. Cecilia has received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, the prestigious Filipinas Magazine Arts Award, and the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines. She has received several travel grants in the Philippines, from the USIS (United States Information Service).
She has lectured and performed in worldwide literary arts organizations and universities, including UCLA, USC, University of Connecticut, University of the Philippines, PEN, Beyond Baroque, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and many others.  She teaches creative writing at the Writers Program at UCLA-Extension. She maintains a blog at

Grace Burns
Events: TAYO Literary Magazine Panel (10/3)

Emilya Cachapero

… left San Francisco for New York and directs the Artistic and International Programs at Theatre Communications Group. She has been active in the US arts community for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Executive Board and Council of International Theatre Institute (ITI). Worldwide Emilya produced House-Home, an eleven country collaboration that performed in Xiamen, China in 2011; IDENTITY, a ten-country collaboration that was performed in Madrid in 2008, and The Borges Project, a ten-country collaboration performed in Manila in 2006. She has been a US National Commissioner to UNESCO since 2008. She was instrumental in creating the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and was its founding producer for the first two years of the program. Her writing has been published in American Poetry Review, Making Waves, Flips and several other poetry anthologies. Emilya received her Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an honorary M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater.

Events: Flips Anthology (10/3)

Rene Ciriacruz
Events: Philippine Diaspora and Politics (10/3)

Marian Cordon
Events: {m}aganda magazine (10/4)

Kim Davalos
Events: TAYO Literary Magazine Panel (10/3)

Julieta Gabiola
Events: Disrupt/FWN Anthology (10/3)

Joaquin (Jay) Gonzalez
Professor and Chair
Department of Public Administration
Edward S. Ageno School of Business
Golden Gate University
Latest book:
Immigration and America's Cities (McFarland, 2016)
Events: Philippine Diaspora and Politics (10/3)

Michael Gonzalez

Professor, City College of San Francisco, Department of Philippine Studies
Myke taught History at the University of the Philippines for a decade, moved to the U.S. in the 1970s, and started a second career in technology as an editor for academic journal indexes at the Information Access Company (1985-1998). He pioneered remote data transfers and created a model for a regional telecommuting workforce that was replicated around the U.S. and in England. He lectured part-time at the CSU-Hayward, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and continued his writing and research on cultural and symbolic power in religious associations, 19th century transportation history, cultural history, and in language teaching. He joined the academic technology department of the Stanford University Libraries where he introduced innovations in teaching with technology to faculty. He now teaches Philippine History and Anthropology at CCSF and plans to build a consultancy in K-18 digital literacy for minority youth. He holds an M.A. in Social Anthropology from  University of Sydney, Australia and an EdD from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California.

Events: Philippine Textiles Panel (10/4)

Christian Guerrero
Events: {m}aganda magazine (10/4)

Noemi Lamotte-Serrano
Events: Completely Mixed Up Anthology (10/3)

Ari Laurel
Events: Kearny Street Workshop (10/4)

Anthony Cruz Legarda

Mr. Legarda has a long history dedicated to textiles. In 1993, he went back to the Philippines and became involved with Katutubong Filipino Foundation whose mission was to revive Philippine folk arts and crafts. He studied, learned and procured traditional Philippine textiles from the different provinces and incorporated them in his clothing design. His group produced Arkiteknik, a hardcover coffee table book that highlighted and honored Filipino American artistry and creativity in textile, fashion design, photography, graphic design and creative writing as well as a DVD that featured an Artisan portion that is a documentary of weavers and craftspeople from the Philippines. In 2004, Mr. Legarda started working as a textile technologist and artist with Filipino weavers. He provided them with eco-friendly materials and later in 2006 worked with the Philippine Textile Research Institute to develop other green indigenous fibers and dyes to incorporate into the finished fabrics. He is the Project Creative Director and Founder of The Hinabi Project: The Art of Philippine Textiles. (
Events: Philippine Textiles Panel (10/4)

Karen Llagas
Board member of PAWA, Inc. Author of Archipelago Dust (Meritage Press, 2010). Translator. Currently teaches at University of California, Berkeley.
Events: Filipino Arts and Literature (10/4)

Juanita Tamayo Lott

… grew up in the thriving 1950s–1960s San Francisco Filipino community in the Western Addition and Cole Valley. After graduate school at the University of Chicago, she moved to the DC area for a career in the federal statistical system and to raise her family. She served on the Smithsonian Institution’s planning committee for the Centennial Commemoration of Filipinos in the United States (1906 – 2006). Retired back in San Francisco, she established the James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship, 2011 at SFSU. Her books include Asian Americans: From Racial Category to Multiple Identities, Common Destiny: Filipino American Generations, and Filipinos in Washington, DC with Rita Cacas. Her creative writing is in Asian Women, Liwanag, Third World Women, The American Poetry Review, and, most recently, Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild. The Juanita Tamayo Lott Collection is housed in the Asian Pacific American Collection, Asian Division, Library of Congress.

Events: Flips Anthology (10/3)

Edwin Lozada
Events: Flips Anthology (10/3), Poetry Slam (10/3), Speculative Fiction/ Kuwento Anthology (10/4)

Dawn Mabalon
Events: Filipino American History Panel (10/3)

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David Maduli
…is an alumni of the VONA and Las Dos Brujas writing communities, and most recently completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College as a Community Poetics Fellow. He was awarded the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize in 2011. He is a veteran public school teacher and father of two.

Event: Creating Writing Communities–Kundiman, VONA/Voices (10/3)

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Giovanni Ortega
…is honored to be part of this year's Filipino American International Book Festival and a proud member of PAWA. He's an Author/Performer currently writing Criers for Hire, a commissioned play for East West Players Theater Co. opening in February 2016. He is also a contributor for this year's Climate Change Theatre Action where he contributed El Pescador y La Lluvia, The Fisherman and the Rain. In addition, Giovanni wrote ALLOS, the Story of Carlos Bulosan, another commissioned play by East West Players that has toured all over Southern California. It's been included as part of Migrant Stories and Our American Voice and has been produced by CIRCA Pintig in Chicago, Mezclao Artistas and will be presented in Singapore next summer. His new work Wayne, A Soldier's Story premiered earlier this year. In 2013 he took the literary artist category for FPAC Pahayag Project for the most sought after author with his first book, Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio and has just been published in anthology called Completely Mixed Up, an anthology of Writers from Mixed Race backgrounds. Giovanni is currently a professor at The Pomona College School of Theater and Dance. For more information:

Event: Completely Mixed Up Anthology (10/3)

Oscar Peñaranda
Event: Filipino American History (10/3), Flips Anthology (10/3), Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild (10/3)

Felicia Perez
Event: Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild (10/3)

Ben Pimentel
Event: Philippine Diaspora and Politics (10/3)

Ploi Pirapokin
Event: Kearny Street Workshop (10/4)

Bel Poblador
Event: TAYO Literary Magazine (10/3)

Robert Ragsac
Event: Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild (10/3)

Jay Santa Cruz
Event: #allpinayeverything, On the Body (10/4)

Janice Lobo Sapigao

…is a Pinay poet, writer, and educator born and raised in San José, CA. Her first book microchips for millions will be forthcoming from PAWA, Inc. in Fall 2016. She is also the author of the forthcoming chapbook toxic city (tinder tender press, 2015). She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at CalArts. She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at Skyline College and San José City College. Please visit her website:
Event: TAYO Literary Magazine Panel (10/3), #allpinayeverything, On the Body (10/4)

James Sobredo
Event: Filipino American History Panel (10/3), Writers for Young Readers Panel (10/3)

Lou Sobredo
Event: Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild (10/3)

Janet Stickmon
Event: Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild (10/3)

Lou Syquia
Event: Flips Anthology (10/3)

Sam Tagatac
Event: Flips Anthology (10/3)

Mauro Tubocon
Director of FACINE:
Event: Women of Malolos (10/2)

Lily Ann Villaraza
Event: Filipino American History (10/3), Conversations and Connections (10/3)

Siamak Voussoughi
Event: Event: Kearny Street Workshop (10/4)

Jeannette Yñiguez
Event: Hot Off The Press (10/3)

James Zarsadiaz
Event: Conversations and Connections (10/3)

FilBookFest Committee

Yemila Alvarez
Johaina Crisostomo
Mila De Guzman
Maya Ong Escudero
Myles Garcia
Michael Gonzalez
Abraham Ignacio, Jr.
Anthony Cruz Legarda
Karen Llagas
Edwin Lozada
Lisa Suguitan Melnick
Carlyn Monastrial
Gemma Nemenzo
Al Perez
Alan Quismorio
Barbara Jane Reyes
Marie Romero
Mauro Tumbocon