2014 Speakers

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Reev Robledo is a television music composer, teacher and writer with a degree in broadcast communication. His career as an instructor spans ten years in the state university and other colleges.

Reev is the author of The Testimonies, An Assassin’s Tale, children’s book The Legend of The Cram, and Filipino Readers’ Choice Award’s finalist Gitarista.

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Liana Smith Bautista is a freelance writer, online content creator, and manuscript copy editor. She has also been one of the municipal liaisons for the Philippine region of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, for four years, and this year is her eighth year as a participant in the annual challenge. She alternates between writing fantasy and romance and has self-published steamy romance under the pen name Kate Sebastian, with a novella currently out on Buqo and a full-length companion novel in the works for NaNoWriMo 2014.


Ariesa Domingo (PopFiction writer)

Mina V. Esguerra

Mina-EsguerraMina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novella Fairy Tale Fail won the 2012 Filipino Readers’ Choice award for Chick Lit. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in e-publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass, a Contemporary Romance Novella writing class.


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Teacher Cris was a former Language Arts teacher to primary students in Saint Pedro Poveda College. Currently, she is one of the Teacher Fellows of Teach for the Philippines. She is assigned to teach third graders in Holy Spirit Elementary School, a public school in Quezon City.  She is very passionate about using literacy as a tool to help in nation building. Check out her thoughts and ideas in http://teacherspetph.wordpress.com.

Ann Grace Bansig (De La Salle Zobel)

Roselle Masirag (Scholastic Phils.)

Roselle’s childhood dream was to find a job where she can read and get paid for it. And herdream came true!

She worked at National Book Store and her most exciting role was to set up a children’s book club. She organized reading workshops, storytelling events and toured book character mascots all over the Philippines to meet young readers.

Roselle currently works at Scholastic, Inc, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. She set up a reading program that introduces the magic of reading to children.

Currently over 120 thousand kids are enrolled in the program. She is most proud of the program having motivated kids to read over 1 million books last year.

Diane Frances Sales (Miriam High School)

Rin Chupecorin

Rin Chupeco once wrote obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and did many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fairy tales, but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. Her young adult horror novel, THE GIRL FROM THE WELL, was published on August 2014 in North America, by Sourcebooks publishing. A sequel, THE SUFFERING, will follow in 2015. Some of her short stories have also been published in Philippine Genre Stories, the Philippine Graphic Fiction: Prose anthology, and the Lauriat anthology. Find her at http://www.rinchupeco.com

Sophia Lee (Filipino winner of the Scholastic Asian Book Awards)interview-sophia-marie-lee

Sophia Lee is a Creative Writing MA student studying fiction writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She received a fellowship for fiction writing at the 52nd Silliman National Writers Workshop, the longest-running writing workshop in Asia. She is also a member of the group Kwentista ng mga Tsikiting.




Beverly Siy

Si Bebang Siy ay mahilig magbasa kahit noong bata pa siya. Nagsimula siya sa Xerex ng Abante. Suki kasi ng Abante ang pinsang niyang security guard kaya me oversupply sila ng Abante (at Xerex) sa bahay nila. Nang lumaki-laki siya ay nagpasosyal siya nang konti. Sweet Valley Twins ang tinitira niya. Pero na-disappoint siya kasi wala itong kalatoy-latoy kumpara sa Xerex. Kaya sinubukan niyang magbasa ng mga English na magasin ng kanyang tatay. Nakatago ang lahat ng ito sa ilalim ng mga damit. Ng tatay siyempre. Pero napansin ni Bebang na mas marami ang mga picture ng baha-bahagi ng katawan na halos hindi na makilala sa pagkaka-twist sa mga ito kaysa sa mismong teksto. Napilitan siyang mag-romance novels. Kasi ‘yon, puro teksto.

Tapos sa kolehiyo, nabaliw siya sa mga guro niya. Pinag-o-oral literature siya. Unang-una ay ang walang kamatayang Baya este Biag ni Lam-ang at iba pang epiko at panitikang-bayan. Naadik siya sa Pagong at Matsing. Napakarami pala nitong version. Marami-rami din siyang nabasang pang-akademyang teksto. Panitikan, teo-teorya at laksa-laksang panlipunang tekstuwal na babasahing materyal. At nagustuhan naman niya ang mga ito.

Pero sa ngayon, ibang-iba na ang taste ni Bebang. Fan siya ng Gospel Komiks.

Dean Francis Alfar

Dean Alfar Dean Francis Alfar is a Filipino playwright, novelist and writer of speculative fiction. His plays have been performed in venues across the country, while his articles and fiction have been published both in his native Philippines and abroad, such as in Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and the Exotic Gothic series. His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) — including the Grand Prize for Novel for Salamanca (Ateneo Press, 2006)— as well as the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Award. He was a fellow at the 1992 Dumaguete National Writers Workshop and 20th UP National Writers Workshop. He is an advocate of the literature of the fantastic, editing the Philippine Speculative Fiction series, as well as a comic book creator and a blogger. He lives in Manila with his wife, fictionist Nikki Alfar and their two daughters.

Manix Abrera

Manix Abrera Manuel “Manix” Abrera graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree. His comic strip Kikomachine runs from Monday to Saturday in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and appears in eight compilations published by Visprint, Inc. His webcomic News Hardcore! appears weekly on GMA News Online. He also has a silent comic/graphic novel titled “12.” He is a very kind person. :D

Eros Atalia

Jun Cruz Reyes

Paolo Ven Paculan

Edgar Calabia Samar

Katrina Stuart-Santiago

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Conchitina Cruz teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Her books of poetry include Dark Hours,elsewhere held and lingered, and Two or Three Things about Desire. Together with Adam David and Delilah Aguilar, she is the author of A catalogue of clothes for sale from the closet of Christine Abella—perpetual student, ukay fan, and compulsive traveler. She helps run the Youth & Beauty Brigade, a small press, as well as the semiannual small press expo Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX).


Mervin Malonzo

Eliza Victoria

Eliza-VictoriaEliza Victoria graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 2007. Her books include the short story collection A Bottle of Storm Clouds (Visprint, 2012) and the science fiction novel Project 17 (Visprint, 2013). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications in the Philippines and elsewhere, and have won prizes in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards. For more information, please visit her online home, http://elizavictoria.com.

Carljoe Javier

Carl Javier has written five books, among them The Kobayashi Maru of Love, Geek Tragedies, and the soon to be released essay collection Writing 30. He teaches English and Creative Writing at the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature, where he holds the rank of assistant professor. He plays way too many video games, reads lots of comics, and is currently lording it over his anti-Laker friends that his home team has acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash (Nye nye nye!).

Mary Josephine Bautista (Joei Cassidy)Jo picture

Jo for short.  Proud single mom to 8 year old JC.  Kulasa. IS kid. Atenean.  Ex-Film Student.  Passionate about video editing.  Loves to write.  Hates deadlines.  Joei (pronounced Joey) Cassidy on fanfiction.net. TV ADDICT. New Yorker at heart.

Loves 3 actors named Chris – Meloni, Noth and O’Donnell.  A Leo born in the year of the Tiger – yes, HEAR ME ROAR!  Allergic to BS.  Straightforward.  An acquired taste, not for the faint of heart.

Paolo Chikiamco

Paolo Chikiamco Paolo Chikiamco runs Rocket Kapre (rocketkapre.com), an imprint and blog dedicated to publishing and promoting works of the fantastic by Filipino authors. Once an associate at a top Philippine law firm, he came to realize that while fact is often stranger than fiction, it’s not quite as creatively fulfilling. He is the editor of Alternative Alamat, and is a writer for prose and comics. His fiction has been published in venues such as Scheherazade’s Façade, Philippine Genre Stories, Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, Lauriat, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction series.

Alyssa Urbano (AerithSage)


Tina Matanguihan (The Filipino Group – Goodreads)

When she’s not busy with her day job, Tina is a reader, a writer, and a people-gatherer. She has a knack for getting people to do fun stuff together, especially if the fun stuff involves books and words. She’s one of the administrators of Goodreads – The Filipino Group, an active member of CFC Singles for Christ. She is also one of the Filipino ReaderCon committee members ever since it started. She recently self-published her first novel, Fall Like Rain, under her pen name, Ana Tejano.

Gege Sugue (Flips Flipping Pages)

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Gabriela M. Francisco is a founding member of Ex Libris Philippines, a non-government organization of book enthusiasts which, since 2007, has been holding monthly book sessions and holding scholarship fundraisers to help send deserving UP students to school. As of today, Ex Libris Philippines has helped fund the education of twenty seven (27) UP students. Gabriela Francisco is also the Head of the Ex Libris Philippines Scholarship Committee.

Gabriela’s two passions are books, and music. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, College of Music, and gave the Valedictory Address at the University Centennial Graduation in 2008. At present, she is an educator and administrator at Regina Maria Montessori, imparting her twin passions for books and music to her students. She teaches English, History and Theater, and remains an avid reader.

Doni Oliveros (Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books)DSC07990

Si Jalandoni Oliveros na kilala rin sa tawag na KD bilang mas maikling Kuya Doni ay ang tagapagtatag at punong moderator ng Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Book Club. Siya ay lumaki sa Quezon, Quezon at naging avid fan muna ng Tagalog komiks bago nahumaling sa iba’t ibang uri ng aklat. Siya ay isang engineer. Siya ay may asawa at bugtong na anak, kasama nila sa kanilang tahanan sa Quezon City ang sariling koleksiyon, higit sa tatlong libong aklat.