TUGKAD Volume 2


Lamdaman Poetry

Lamdaman Essay

Lamdaman Interview

Lamdaman Translation


Genesis Bedio is a full instructor at University of San Carlos, teaching Art Appreciation in the General Education curriculum. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Literature, and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics. His teaching centers on interdisciplinary engagement using creative inquiry and socially relevant learning. His academic writing and research focus on language stylistics and visual arts. 

Bejay Bolivar is pursuing a PhD in English Language and Literature at the Ateneo de Manila University. She holds a degree in Master of Arts in Literature from the Cebu Normal University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication (Major in Media) with units in Professional Education from Saint Theresa’s College. She teaches at Cebu Technological University. Her academic interests include sociolinguistic studies in the regional context, the eco-spatial imagination, and regional literature.

Oscar M. Guinto, Jr. graduated from Silliman University with the degree Bachelor of Music Major in Composition and Arranging. He is the founder of the Silliman University Guild of Composers. Currently, he works as a writer for an online publishing company and as a video game composer for Quantum Leap Music. He is also currently taking his MA in Literature at Cebu Normal University.

Denis Judilla is a creative and corporate writer based in Cebu. He has been involved as a screenwriter and creative consultant in several award-winning Cebuano movie. He is also the Creative Director of SineBuano, Cebu’s Independent Movie-making. Currently, he is a senior faculty member of the Fine Arts Program in Cinema at the School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD) in the University of the San Carlos.

Bea Martinez has a PhD English with concentration in Literary Studies from the Silliman University and is a recipient of the 2020 NCCA dissertation research award. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of San Carlos and works as a part-time librarian and senior high faculty at the Philippine Christian Gospel School.

Radel Paredes is a professor in the University of San Carlos Department of Fine Arts. A holder of master’s degrees in philosophy and cinema studies, he was an op-ed columnist in the Cebu Daily News for nearly 20 years. Aside from writing about art, he also curates art exhibits and works as design consultant. As an artist he works in several media, preferring to let the concept dictate style, material, and technique.

Charles Dominic Sanchez is a literature teacher, essayist and fictionist from Cebu. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Literature from the University of San Carlos. His creative works have been featured in Brown Child: The Best of Faigao Poetry and Fiction 1984-2012, Pinili: 15 Years of Lamiraw, and online literary journal Katitikan.

Dagmar Inez Uy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Cinema from the University of San Carlos. She also holds a diploma in 3D Animation from Film and Media Arts International Academy. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program, majoring in Literature, at the University of San Carlos. She is currently focused on the narrative aesthetics of Philippine Literature in English

Martin Abellana (1904–1989) was born in San Nicolas, Cebu City. He was a public and private school teacher for 30 years. In the years 1956 to 1958, he was president of the Lubas sa Dagang Bisaya (LUDABI), a group of writers in Cebuano. He also became the editor of the Ang Dagang Bisaya which was the publication of LUDABI. His novels are characterized by a concern for the working class.

César Ruiz Aquino is a Filipino poet and fictionist. He is a regular lecturer and panel member at the annual Silliman University Writers Workshop. He has received Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for poetry in 1978 and 1998 and for short fiction in 1979 and 1989. He has also received the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for Lifetime Achievement from the Writers’ Union of the Philippines in 1997. In 2004, he received the Southeast Asian Writers Award from the royal family of Thailand. He has published a collection of short stories and several collections of poetry He published his first autobionovel, Z for Short, in 2021.

Kaila Jewels Tashvana Cajelo is a fiction writer, an occasional poet, and a keen supporter of the literary and film arts. Her passion for writing began early and by pure chance, when she had to join a writing extracurricular at her previous alma mater, St. Theresa's College- Cebu. In high school, she was a member of the writers' guild and the yearbook committee. She writes mostly queer lyrical prose and also enjoys reading works in that genre. Her love for lyrical writing proved to be an instrument in translating “Si Zosimo” originally written by Marcel Navarra. She also worked as a social media writing intern for the RAFI Culture and Heritage Unit in Cebu. Currently, she works as a PR and Lifestyle Writer in Sun Star Cebu.

Aireen Sylvette M. Dayao, currently a copy editor at Krutherford Corporation, is a short story and flash fiction writer whose interests lie in the world of horror and thriller. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of San Carlos with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies with Creative Writing, magna cum laude. Her interests for translation studies and the Cebuano language influenced her to translate short stories, such as Martin Abellana's “Asin." Aireen was one of the fellows of the 2019 Paglambo Regional Creative Writing Workshop on Flash Fiction, spearheaded by the Women in Literary Arts (WILA).

Noli Manaig’s poetry has appeared in magazines, books, and journals like the Philippines Free Press, Sunday Inquirer magazine, and the Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman. As a student, he received several Amelia Lapena Bonifacio Literary Awards for his poetry. He also won second prize for the same category at the 2014 Carlos Palanca Awards in Literature. In 2020, his first book of poems, The God Botherers, was published by UP Press. Of late, he has tried his hand at filmmaking. His short films have been exhibited by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Gawad Alternatibo. In 2019, he won Best Experimental Film for Michel de Certeau’s Metaphor for Everyday Life.

Marcelino M. Navarra (1914-1984) was born in Tuyom, Carcar and was most prolific from 1930 to 1955. He was regarded as the father of modern Cebuano short stories for his use of realism and depictions of fictionalized versions of his hometown.  He was literary editor of Bisaya and of Lamdag; associate editor Bulak; literary section editor of Republic Daily; editor-in-chief of Bag-ong Suga and Bisaya.

Lawrence Ypil is a poet and essayist From Cebu. He is the author of The Experiment of the Tropics, finalist for the Lambda Book Awards and long-listed for the Believer Book Awards. He received an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place was given the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. His work has received The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards among others. He currently teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

Amosa Velez is the former chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Carlos. An accomplished writer and scholar, she wrote on The philosophical dimension of spiritism in Cebu City, the Phenomenology of Nayanaya: A Filipino philosophy of survival interpreted in the light of silence in Zhuang Zi. Dr. Velez also served as the president of the Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao for one term.