Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival

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Gemino Abad
(1939 - ), University Professor emeritus of literature and creative writing, is a poet, fictionist, and literary critic and historian, with various honors and awards. In 2009, he received Italy’s Premio Feronia (“Foreign author category”) for his poetry, later published as a bi-lingual edn., Dove le parole non si spezzano (Roma: Edizioni Ensemble, 2015). Where No Words Break: New Poems and Past (2014) is his tenth poetry collection, and Past Mountain Dreaming (2010), his ninth of critical essays; he has two collections of short stories, Orion’s Belt (1996) and A Makeshift Sun (2001). He is known also for his three-volume anthology of Filipino poetry in English from 1905 to the 1990s – Man of Earth (1989), A Native Clearing (1993), and A Habit of Shores (1999); and a six-volume anthology of Filipino short stories in English from 1956 to 2008 – Upon Our Own Ground (2008), Underground Spirit (2010), and Hoard of Thunder (2012). He obtained his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago in 1970, and continues to teach at U.P. 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).

Karina Bolasco
Director of Ateneo de Manila University Press,
Governor—Philippine Book Development Board

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Mervin Malonzo
…wrote and drew the National Book Award-winning comic TABI PO. He also collaborated with other writers including Adam David on a comic adaptation of Rizal’s NOLI ME TANGERE and EL FILIBUSTERISMO entitled ANG SUBERSIBO and Eliza Victoria for the graphic novel AFTER LAMBANA. Other recent collaborations include SHAKE, RATTLE and ROLL and TERRORIUM. He graduated magna cum laude in UP Fine Arts. When he is not creating comics, he is creating websites, animations, and illustrations for other people and entities.

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Raissa Robles
is author of the best-selling book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of torture and atrocity under the New Society. The book has just been named a finalist in the 2017 National Book Awards under two categories - Best Book of Non-Fiction Prose in English and Best Book Design. Last year it won for her the International Award for Excellence in Journalism from the International Christian Organization of the Media in Geneva. 
     The book is now endorsed by one of America's prominent historians, Dr. Alfred McCoy,  Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; by Filipino historians Ambeth Ocampo and Xiao Chua. 
     She is the publisher-webmaster-writer of the investigative and news blog, – inside Philippine politics and beyond, which was judged the “Best Society and Politics Blog in the Philippines” at the 2015 Bloggys Awards, sponsored by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, ABS-CBN and Rappler.  
     Robles is also senior Manila correspondent of South China Morning Post (HK) and has contributed to the Times of London, The Mail Online, BBC Radio, and Reuters.

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Keith Sicat
…Sicat is an award-winning independent filmmaker and comic book creator that has screened his films in local and international film festivals. He was heavily involved with painting and photography before falling in love with cinema. His artworks were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, World Bank, and World Trade Center Baltimore. It was during his studies at the University of Sussex in England for a double major in Philosophy & Literature when he caught the cinematic bug and made his Gawad-CCP Award-Winning short films The Trickle Down Effect and Third Party. Working professionally in documentary television as an editor in New York City to hone his storytelling craft, he branched out to feature length documentaries as well as narrative feature films. Under his KINO ARTS banner, he has a total of thirteen features under his belt as a Director, Writer, and/or Producer including award winners Rigodon, Ka Oryang, The Guerrilla is a Poet, and Woman of the Ruins, their subjects ranging from gothic science fiction to social realist documentaries. Read more of his bio and filmography.

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Eliza Victoria
is the author of several books including the Philippine National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014), the novel Wounded Little Gods (2016), and the graphic novel After Lambana (2016, a collaboration with Mervin Malonzo). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications and have won prizes in the Philippines’ top literary awards, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards. She was a Writing Fellow at the 54th UP National Writers Workshop, a Guest Panelist at the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop, and a Panelist in the inaugural Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop, which focused on speculative fiction for its first year. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2007 with a degree in Journalism. (Author photo by Vladimeir B. Gonzales.)


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Merlinda Bobis
award-winning writer Merlinda Bobis grew up in Albay, Philippines at the foot of an active volcano, which figures prominently in her writing and performance. As a child her main interest was painting, but at age ten she began writing poetry because ‘painting with words’ was cheaper. She has published novels, short stories, dramas and poems. Her plays have been produced/performed on stage and radio in Australia, the Philippines, Spain, USA, Canada, Singapore, France, China, Thailand and the Slovak Republic. She has performed some of her works as theatre, dance and music.
      Her new poetry book is
Accidents of Composition (2017) and her latest novel Locust Girl. A Lovesong is winner of Australia's 2016 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, New South Wales Premier's Literary Award and the 2016 Juan C. Laya Philippine National Book Award.


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Noelle Q. de Jesus
is a Filipina American writer based in Singapore. A one-time Palanca Award Winner, Noelle's fiction has been published in fine literary journals and anthologies in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and the USA, including Puerto del Sol, Feminist Studies and the Mud Season Review. Her first book of short fiction, BLOOD Collected Stories, was published late in 2015, and won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the short story. She pioneered the flash fiction anthology series, Fast Food Fiction Short Short Stories To Go and Fast Food Fiction Delivery. She has represented the Philippines in the Asian Women's Writers Festival in Singapore, and took part in the Brockport Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport New York this past Spring. She is currently at work on her first novel and her second short fiction collection.

United States

Joseph Legaspi
Threshold. CavanKerry Press, October 3, 2017

Janice Sapigao
microchips for millions. PAWA, 2016
Like a Solid to a Shadow. Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017

Janice Lobo Sapigao is a writer, poet, and educator. She is a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine, and a co-founder of Sunday Jump, an open mic in Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown. Her work has also been published in numerous publications including KQED Arts, The Offing, Jacket2,, and Action, Yes! as well anthologies such as Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2014) and Namjai: An Intergenerational Tribute Anthology of Bay Area Asian Pacific Islander Poets (The ReWrite, 2013). She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. website:

Angela Peñaredondo
All Thing Lose Thousands of Times. Inlandia Institute, 2016

Barbara Jane Reyes
Invocation to Daughters. City Lights Books, 2017

Eileen Tabios
Manhattan. An Archaelogy. Paloma Press, 2017
Multiple publications

Wesley St. Jo, Remé Grefalda
Blue. Paloma Press, 2017

Aileen Cassinetto
The Art of Salamat. Locofo Chaps, 2017

Rachelle Cruz
God's Will for Monsters. Inlandia Institute, 2017

Robert Flor
Alaskero Memories. Carayan Press, 2016

Giovanni Ortega
Ang Gitano. Carayan Press, 2017

Tony Robles
Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike. Ithuriel's Spear Press, 2017


Veronica Montes
Benedicta Takes Wings and Other Stories. PALH, 2017

Linda Ty-Casper – (Kristina Casper-Denman)
A River, One-Woman Deep: Stories. PALH, 2017

Brian Ascalon Roley
The Last Mistress of Jose Rizal. Curbstone Books, 2016


Mia Alvar

In The Country: Stories. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015

Renee Macalino Rutledge
The hour of daydreams. Forest Avenue Press, 2017.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
The Newspaper Widow. University of Santo Tomas Press, 2017

Marie Deaconu-Baylon
North For Sun. 2017

Marivi Soliven


Randy Ribay
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes. Merit Press, 2015
After the Shot Drops.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018


Christina Newhard
Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik. Bilingual: Cebuano/ English. Ages 5-8
Amina and the City of Flowers. Bilingual: Chavacano/ English. Ages 5-8
Melo the Umang Boy. Bilingual: Ivatan/English. Ages 5-8
Sari-Sari Storybooks, 2017

Rey de la Cruz
Ballesteros on My Mind. Versions in English, Tagalog, Ilocano, Spanish
Carayan Press, 2016

Almira Astudillo Gilles
Hotspot, Cool Country. Biodiversity in the Philippines. Anvil. 2016

Justine Villanueva
Mama, Mama, Do You Know What I Like? Sawaga river Press, 2015

Marina Hamoy [Canada / Cebu]
The Hat for Kiko | Ang Kalo para ni Kiko
The Hat for Pablo | Ang Sambalilo para kay Pablo
The Hat for Iliong | Ti Kallugong para ken Iliong
Si Alisya sa Katingalahang Yuta

Si Alisya sa Kataka-takang Lupa
Alisya in Underground Wonderland
Lingo Treks Publishing

Graphic Novel/Comic Book

Don Ellis Aguillo Artists Group: In Hiatus New publications

Trinidad Escobar

Non Fiction—Memoir

Victoria Santos
representing Constance Valencia Santos; Michelle Stafford
Memoirs of Manang: The Story of a Filipina American Pioneer
Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2015.

Non Fiction—Biographies

Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz[
Even The Rainbow Has A Body: Distinct Artistic Legacies

M. Evelina Galang
Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. Northwestern University Press, 2017

Sansu Ramsey
Elizabeth Ramsey, Queen of Philippine Rock N' Roll

Non Fiction—History

Mila De Guzman
Women Against Marcos: Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator. Carayan Press, 2016

Cindy Domingo
Rene Ciria-Cruz

A Time to Rise. Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP). Edited by Cindy Domingo, Rene Ciria-Cruz, Bruce Occena. University of Washington Press, 2017

Non Fiction—Essays

Myles Garcia
Of Adobo, Apple Pie, and Schnitzel with Noodles. 2017

Non Fiction—Photo

Rick Rocamora, Rene Ciria-Cruz, Dan Amosin
QUIAPO. Blood, Sweat, Hope, and Rodallie S. Mosende's Story. WPP Publications, 2016

Non Fiction—Other

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez
Small Town Economic Development (McFarland Academic, 2017)
Privatization in Practice (McFarland Academic, 2016)
Corruption and American Cities (McFarland Academic, 2016)
Immigration and America’s Cities (McFarland Academic, 2016)

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez
In Lady Liberty's Shadow: The Politics of Race and Immigration in New Jersey. Rutgers University Press, 2017

Linda España-Maram
Creating Masculinity in Los Angeles’ Little Manila: Working-Class Filipinos and Popular Culture. Columbia University Press, 2006

PJ Gubatina Policarpio
Textiles of the Philippines

FilBookFest4 Marketplace

Arkipelago Books

Ateneo de Manila University Press

Carayan Press

CCSF Philippine Studies Program

Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Eduardo Datangel

In Hiatus Studios

Janet Alvarado

Janet Stickmon

Justine Villanueva

Kearny Street Workshop

Kristian Kabuay, Ray Haguisan

Lingo Treks Publishing

Meritage Press

MFA Program in Creative Writing, Saint Mary's College of California

NTFP-EP Philippines CustomMade Crafts

Paloma Press

Philippine Expressions Bookshop

Philippine American Writers and Artists, (PAWA)

Philippine American Literary House (PALH)

Sansu Ramsey

Sari-Sari Storybooks

Trinidad Escobar

FilBookFest Committee

Don Ellis Aguillo
Johaina Crisostomo
Mila De Guzman
Maya Ong Escudero
Myles Garcia
Michael Gonzalez
Abraham Ignacio, Jr.
Karen Llagas
Juanita Tamayo Lott
Edwin Lozada
Lisa Suguitan Melnick
Carlyn Monastrial
Gemma Nemenzo
Josh Paras
Al Perez
Susan Po-Rufino
Mauro Tumbocon