About the Authors of Personal Essays
Eliezer Evangelista is an active advocate of Brain Cancer Awareness since 2017 and engages on social entrepreneurship to raise funds for various charities. He is currently residing in Takamatsu City, Kagawa-ken as a Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme participant. Elie has been taking up Master of Arts in Language and Literature program from the University of the Philippines Baguio.
Yusuke Hidaka was born in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. After working for several private companies, he is now working as a Project Assistant Professor in Center for Research and Development in Higher Education, Kagoshima University while studying PhD in Social Sciences in the same university. His study theme is "Energy and Local Communities." His hobby is playing cello.
Shingo Ito was born in Mie Prefecture, Japan. After working for a private company, he started to study Master's degree course in a national university in Japan. Now, he is also working as an Assistant Teacher in a public Junior High School and as a staff member of an after-school children's club in Mie Prefecture. His hobby is travelling around foreign countries and hot springs.
Khatarina Martinez graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She works as an academic consultant and freelance artist. Khata prides herself in complying religiously with physical distancing protocols, and refusing to wander outside their family home in Iriga City, Bicol Region. Times Being What They Are, a humble attempt at depicting the dull routine nature of life in quarantine, was Khata's first venture into the realm of creative writing.
Paul Serafica is currently a student in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines taking Bachelor of Arts in Filipinology. Throughout his childhood, his family migrated in different parts of Pasig City and Rizal Province in the Philippines until they are now permanently residing in Antipolo City. His earliest trace of interest for literature is when he was six years old, reading the comics section of Sunday issues of Manila Bulletin. Last year (2019) until February this year (2020), Paul became an exchange student in Japan.
A mother of three, Beverly Wico Siy is a writer, editor, and copyright advocate. She has nine books produced by mainstream and small publishing companies. She works for the Intertextual Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She lives in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines with her family.
About the Authors of Short Stories
Yoshito Ehara studied in The Jikei University School of Medicine after graduating from Ota High School in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. In 1993, he passed the National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examination. After that, he had worked mainly for The Jikei University Hospital as a doctor. In 2010, when his father passed away, he became the Director of Tōmō Keiai Hospital. He specializes in dementia and elder care.
Benjo Gutierrez is from Hagonoy, Taguig, Philippines. He is currently taking his post-graduate studies in Creative Writing at the University of Santo Tomas. He is working as a Mobile Journalist at TV 5's One Balita Pilipinas. This piece will be a part of his future collection about his hometown, hopefully.
Ryoya Naito was born in Kagoshima, Japan. He graduated from Kagoshima University (BA in Economics) in 2018 and then obtained Master's degree in Sociology also in Kagoshima University, Japan this year (2020).
Rommel Pamaos is a Filipino teacher in Senior High School. He was born in Parañaque City worked in Las Piñas City and is now living in Cavite Province, Philippines. Rommel is also an active member of Lapis Artcom and Cavite Young Writers Association. He writes children literature and short fiction.
Boots S. Agbayani-Pastor is the creative/published name of a native Ilocano who was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Spent the greater part of his adult life in Quezon City, and now resides in Sta. Barbara Villas 2, a subdivision built on a slope of the Sierra Madre in Barangay Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal. He has published short stories and articles in Filipino and English in national publications, written scripts for television and film, and translated children's stories and activity books (Filipino/Tagalog to English and vice versa), as well as Filipino films intended for competition and exhibition in foreign film festivals and slated for global release. He has not won any national literary award.
Elaine Quidato grew in the vast sugarcane plantation of Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines where people are as sweet as their sugarcanes. She graduated from National University-Manila with the degree on Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English and has since been passionate about teaching and leadership that led her to join Teach for the Philippines, Inc. from 2016-2019 both as a teacher-fellow and an alumni ambassador. She currently resides in Quezon City along with traffic jams, tall infrastructures, and more buildings under construction.