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minerva zamora arceoMinerva Zamora Arceo
[is a 31 year-old mother of three. She earned degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications-Major in Journalism and in Bachelor of Arts in Film and Audio-Visual at UP Baguio and at UP Diliman. She was a full-time journalist from 1998 to 2004, writing for the daily Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper. Before her current stint as Executive Director of the Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL), a non-stock, non-profit regional organization, she served as Provincial Information Officer (PIO) during the term of Pampanga Governor Mark T. Lapid. At present, she manages to engage in advocacy work to promote culture and the arts, even while writing a column every Monday and Tuesday for the Punto! Gitnang Luzon newspaper and hosting a daily radio program, "Kuwentong Buhay, Kuwentong Bahay" (11AM. to 12NN on DWGV-AM, 792 khz).]
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joan arieteJoan Ariete
[was born and bred in Lubao, Pampanga. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2004. She worked as a junior writer for Summit Publishing's YES! Magazine from 2005-2006. Some of her poems have been published in the UK-based journal, Modern Poetry in Translation. She is currently collaborating with a friend on a photo-documentary featuring the Burmese community of New York. She lives in New York City.]
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marcial tayag canionesMarcial Tayag Caniones
[a Political Science graduate is assistant manager at the Community Extension Services Office of Clark Development Corporation. He was born on the 10th of July in 1965, became vegetarian when he was 24 years old, started serious reading when he was 32, and began writing at 39. He admits to being ugly but claims to ooze with sex appeal.]
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nenette de dios capulongNenette De Dios Capulong
[works as a medical billing supervisor at Children's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. She has been living in Westminster, Colorado for 12 years. She is the second child among the five offsprings of Monico and Gena Capulong. A mother of three, a grandma of three as well, she is a proud survivor of brain cancer. She has hundreds of friends around the world, among whom is fellow eK! columnist Cecille Yumul. She confesses to an addiction to eksite.com and IM.]
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joanna carlosJoanna Carlos
[Joanna considers herself Kapampangan, having grown up in an atmosphere in which the dialect was distributed freely among locals and expatriates here and abroad; thereby she ingested it like the smell of dying sampaguitas, the sound of cicadas by moonlight, and the sight of lanterns, ablaze in the sun, that decorate the city. She is dedicated and compassionate, and is interested in many things. After leaving the KSA, she has then immersed herself in the folkloric society of Pampanga. Joan is kindhearted and generous. Yet she has her pet peeves, her Lilith moments, so don't be a "cold-hearted capitalist" and irritate her, because even then you wouldn't realize who you are up against. Her writing was honed throughout the years and so has she. Joanna, then, is an amalgam of the child and the present, accepting, just.]
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oliver s carlosOliver S Carlos
[was born and grew up in the town of San Luis, Pampanga. He studied AB Political Science at the University of the East in Manila, but did not manage to finish it, not because of some difficulties, but rather because of his love of his country. He was kicked out of school because he spent most of his time in the streets with other nationalist youths, fighting against the rotten political system. He chose to stay in other people's houses and studied in the hinterlands with the poor farmers. In doing so, he met his future better half and companion in life. Now, he is one of the OFWs, trying his luck in foreign places to make both ends meet and to get his family out of poverty. Amidst all this, he keeps on looking back at his beloved country, especially his province, Pampanga.]
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alex r castroAlex R Castro
[has been an adman all his professional life. Presently, he is a business director of Makati-based Jimenez Basic Advertising. His job has taken him around the world, training in New York, London, working in Asia and Australia, and living in Bangkok for 4 years. Yet, Mabalacat, his hometown, continues to be his favorite place on earth. So much so that in January 2006, he singlehandedly researched, wrote, designed, and published a book of his town's history, titled Scenes from a Bordertown & Other Views/Views from the Pampang & Other Scenes. The twin book also featured Pampanga-themed pictorial essays that previously saw print in his column for Sun.Star-Pampanga. When not writing advertising copy, he does consultancy work for the Center for Kapampangan Studies at Holy Angel University, collects antiques and books, and tends to his two cats, Uma and Pikachu. A true nerd, he received his Communications degree from St. Louis University in Baguio City and was named as one of the Philippines' Oustanding Students of Communications by the Broadcast Media Council and KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas.]
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elmer gozun catoElmer Gozun Cato
[is a Kapampangan journalist turned diplomat known for his advocacy of responsible and responsive journalism in a media career that spans more than 15 years. He first made a name for himself in 1983 when as a 16-year old college freshman became a cub reporter for the crusading newspaper Ang Pahayagang Malaya during the martial law regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos. At 21, he became one of the youngest newspaper publishers in the Philippines when he founded the Angeles Sun in 1988. His journalist experience included stints as correspondent and desk editor in various local, national, regional, and international news organizations, including the Manila Chronicle, the Philippine Daily Globe, Reuters, and GMA News. In 1991, he became one of the first Kapampangan journalists to go overseas when he became a reporter for the Saudi Gazette in Jeddah. In 1997, he became Executive Editor of the Indonesian Observer in Jakarta. He later published K, the Kapampangan Magazine. In 1998, he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after placing eighth in the Foreign Service Officers Examination. He served in various capacities most prominent of which were as special assistant to two former Secretaries of Foreign Affairs—Domingo L. Siazon Jr. and Vice President Teofisto T. Guingona Jr.; as spokesman and later officer in charge of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement; and later as head of the Regional Consular Office of the DFA in Clark Field. He has been based in New York since 2003 where he serves as Second Secretary with the Philippine Mission to the United Nations.]
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wilfrido davidWilfrido David
[is a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1985. He is an avid news consumer, habitually tuned to global TV via satellite. In turn, he occasionally comes up with spiced up essays and anecdotes liberally sprinkled with his wry humor, at times irreverent, oftentimes as corny as corn-on-the-cob, but nontheless thought provoking. He thinks of himself as a "junior senior," a mature gentleman with very active brain cells but a waning testosterone count. He is an American citizen by necessity, not by choice, as he so aptly put it. He is as Kapampangan as sisig, no more, no less.]
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jad dayritJose Angeles Dayrit
[a.k.a. Jad was born on March 17, 1944 (proudly a Piscean) in San Francisco, Mabalacat, Pampanga. He was educated in mostly Mabalacat elementary and secondary schools, but in college he went to Feati University in Manila and Holy Angel University in Angeles City, where he later taught as college instructor in various engineering subjects (Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Geology, Ecology, and Nuclear Engineering). He also had a stint as folk guitar teacher at the Holy Family Academy. While at Mabalacat Institute he taught Physics, Chemistry, and Trigonometry. He was once employed as surveyor, construction inspector, and engineer-in-charge of Plans and Specifications by Honiron Phils. at Clark Air Base. Much later, around the time he was municipal councilor in his hometown, Jad served as secretary general of the Pampanga Mayor's League (PML). He now serves as executive assistant under Mabalacat mayor Marino "Boking" P. Morales. Jad writes a regular column (Fulcrum) for Pampanga News.]
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christopher g. dela cruzChristopher G. Dela Cruz
[Manuknangan king Navotas dapot meragul king San Nicolas, San Luis Pampanga. Ginradweyt yang Aircraft Maintenance Technology king Patts College of Aeronautics. Mekapagpalathala neng mapilan a makukuyad a kuwentu at komiks script king magasing Liwayway; komiks at makukuyad a prosang nobeleta king publikasyong Counterpoint Publishing House Inc. Dibersiyon ne at maaadik ya king piyalung a chess. Sasalaminan ne ning piyalung a ini ing kayang pangatau: Taung bale. Tahimik. Magplanu. Mimisip. Magmasid. Susulat. Susulat. Susulat.]
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jc gaillardJC Gaillard
[is Senior Lecturer at the School of Environment of The University of Auckland in New Zealand and former academic staff of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. His teaching, research and practice focus on disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific. He is also interested in Kapampangan studies and the geography of Pinoy rock music. More available from: http://web.env.auckland.ac.nz/people_profiles/gaillard_j/ ]
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bong z lacsonBong Z Lacson
[writes a daily column, Zona Libre, for Punto! Gitnang Luzon. He is chair of the Society of Pampanga Columnists.]
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jose roman reyes laquianJose Roman Reyes Laquian
[graduated from the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture, Espana, Manila, Philippines, in 1975. He took and passed the Philippine Architects' Licensure Examination the following year (July, 1976). He had worked and traveled extensively as a Senior Design Architect in various architectural firms in Manila, Philippines, in Malaysia, Singapore, and in the Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Middle East. He hails from Santa Rita and Minalin, Pampanga, where he spent his memorable and happy childhood and adolescent years. He is presently residing in Fremont, Northern California, U.S.A. He is a corporate member of the Philippine Institute of Architects and of the United Architects of the Philippines (U.A.P.) Northern California Chapter and works as a freelance architect. He says that his "deep and pure love" for his Amanung Sisuan inspires him to write "poetry with fiery passion." He is one of the twenty-one living Poet Laureates of Pampanga and is a member of the College of Poet Laureates, Parnasong Capampangan.]
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jason paul c laxamanaJason Paul C Laxamana
[is producer of RocKapampangan, an album of Kapampangan songs remade by local rock bands to allow Kapampangan to penetrate the consciousness of the urban Kapampangan youth. He is an independent cultural worker seeking to empower Kapampangan by bringing it (and attempt to make it dominant) in pop culture.]
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Eduardo Borromeo Leal
[economist and author of innumerable business tracts, he handles the business affairs of eK! and manages a popular Angeles City-based pizzeria in his spare time.]
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rosendo mamaril makabaliRosendo Mamaril Makabali
[is editor-in-chief of eK! (electronic Kabalen) and literary editor of spread, a website dedicated to new underground guerrilla exploratory art + literature in the new medium. He has published poetry in several Philippine print magazines and online. A few of his poems appear in Slam the Body Politik, the Revolutionary Multi-Arts, Multi-Media CD ROM released in 2004 by the Australia-based Synaptic Graffiti Collective. A chapbook of his, Last Words and Other Poems, came out in 2005, as a grant under the UBOD New Authors Series project of the National Committee on Literary Arts (2001-2004) of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.]
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Joel Pabustan Mallari
[writes columns for CL Daily and Central Luzon Businessweek. He applies a fusion of arts and science in promoting heritage. He has published books and taught students, had papers cited and works exhibited, and did research work—all his endeavors are imbued with a touch of Kapampangan culture.]
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john s manaliliJohn S. Manalili
[has been broadening his experience in the field of journalism—both in print and broadcast management and practice—since 1973. On May 31, 1985, he was awarded a Professional Journalism Fellowship for the academic year 1984-1985 by the University of Michigan under its Journalists in Resident Fellowships in Humanities program. He earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of the Philippines, College of Public Administration in 1996. He speaks Capampangan, Pilipino, English, Cebuano.]
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Joana Marie R. Morales
[is a fourth year high school (graduating) student of Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School, where she is also the president of the student council. She was born on February 23, 1997 in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.]
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pio rafael t nepomucenoPio Rafael T. Nepomuceno
[has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications, Major in Broadcast Journalism, from Angeles University Foundation. In March 2009, he successfully defended his thesis entitled, "The Relationship Between Mass Media Usage and the Degree of Aculturization of Angeles University Foundation Filipino-American Students." Born in Washington, DC, this certified gamer spends his free time watching The History Channel and listening to The Beatles and Queen.]
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papa osmubalPapa Osmubal (Oscar Balajadia)
[of Magalang, now Macau resident and married to a Chinese local. He has been a Catholic seminarian, Catholic missionary, bookstore staff, teaching assistant, and teacher. Currently at daytime he is the Assistant Librarian at The International School of Canada in Macau, while at nighttime he moonlights as part-time teacher and tutor. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and publications, online and hardcopy. He has work archived in the University of Columbia Granger's World of Poetry and other places. A work of his will also appear in the forthcoming W.W. Norton Poetry Anthology of Contemporary Voices from the East. He is a contributing writer to Chick Flicks, Our Own Voice (OOV): Writing from the Filipino Diaspora, and other publications.]
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arlan veras payadArlan Veras Payad
[is a teacher of English and educational management whose recent researches center on cross-cultural and psycho-social aspects of learning among such respondents as university students in Seoul, South Korea, and high school Aeta students in the mountains of Pampanga. In his rendezvous with the quill, Arlan intends to trace the movements of the Tao in people’s route to success and well-being. In doing so, he is wont to occasionally exhibit the black humor folks use to cope with the Fates’ seemingly indifferent machinations. ]
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Rox Peña
[a writes a weekly column for Sun Star Pampanga. He is a 2004 Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awardee for Engineering (Environment).]
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tony mercado penaTony Mercado Peña
[is a bilingual writer, in English and in Kapampangan. He hails from Sasmuan, Pampanga. He has been accorded various literary awards such as First Place in the Tagisan King Poesia hosted by Gawad Komisyon 2007, Republika Ng Pilipinas at the Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, where he introduced a couple of poetic genres, tanka and haiku, in the vernacular literature. He was also bestowed the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award 2007 (MOKA) in Culture at the Arts at City of San Fernando, Pampanga. He charges his pen with the redeeming literary significance to resuscitate his dying language back to life. His "K" poetry is a galvanizing medium, a mighty weapon battling the lingual windmills that overwhelm the Kapampangan nation.]
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susan t pinedaSusan T Pineda
[is a social activist and a feminist. Academically, she graduated with a degrees in BS Psychology and Bachelor of Laws. She took Methods of Teaching and an under-graduate of Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines. She is author of 'Moving Forward with GAD!,' published by NCRFW and UNICEF, and the 'Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act (RA 9262) or Anti-VAWC Handbook.' Honed by years of being a youth leader and as city councilor, she now serves as full-time executive director of IMA Foundation where she supervises the day-to-day operations and management of the center. She also acts as a counselor and paralegal adviser. She was a project consultant for NCRFW and UNIFEM. She represented the country in various UN conferences on women and environment and acted as resource person on these endeavors. What challenges her, as a woman leader is the multiple-burden role of women, being a public servant/NGO worker, intertwined with the demands of bringing-up a family in a very challenging society. Susan is happily married to her supportive husband, Marlon, and has two girl children, Ayah and Mira (ages 13 and 6).]
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wawo f. punzalanWawo F Punzalan
[the unfettered poet from the streets of Angeles in Pampanga is formally known as Juan Karlo Flores Punzalan. He finds psychedelic "noises" (as his experimental fraternity would define) as music. Delights in nights of beer and discussion with progressives twice his age. He plans on publishing, sooner or later, his Titless book (an anthology of poems, scribbles and short stories with a bonus introduction to his envisioned film Evolution, name it with abnormalcy)]
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christine c salasChristine C Salas
[graduated AB Mass Communication at the Angeles University Foundation. At 23, she has already been a college instructor, an English tutor, a periodic writer, a compulsive photographer, a university-based publication editor, and a radio station manager. She is currently an amateur mom (and bum), looking for a "lucrative way to pay back her Maker—creative or otherwise."]
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edgar macasaet salasEdgar Macasaet Salas
[ was born on the 30th day of December 1967. He is married and has a son named Cien Esquisse. An architect by profession, he is currently a member of the Holy Angel University-College of Engineering and Architecture faculty. He writes poetry in English and in Kapampangan, preferring the Shakespearean 14-line sonnet format. As a visual artist, he has so far mounted noteworthy three one-man shows in Angeles City. He plays guitar and piano, but admits to being a lousy singer (having heard a recording of himself at song, he decided to stick to reading his poetry instead). Gary, a.k.a. Garu, is a toy collector and is a member of the Diecast Car Collector of the Philippines (www.dcph.info)]
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luciano pr santiagoLuciano PR Santiago
[is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He trained in both Adult and Child Psychiatry at the Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is now in private practice in Metro Manila. In his spare time, he researches and writes on Philippine history, art, and culture. Among the awards he has received are the National Book Awards for Art and for History from the Manila Critics Circle.]
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erlinda b sialongoErlinda B Sialongo
[has been teaching English and literature subjects for 33 years. She has a BSE in English from the Ateneo de Davao, an M.A.Ed degree, major in English, and a Ph.D in Educational Management from the Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, and a certificate of special training (Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood, Public Administration, Production of Instructional Materials) from Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City. She also has special training on journalism. She taught English as a Foreign Language in Severobaikalsk, Russia, for seven years and authored a book, 'Personally Yours,' about her life in Russia. She is author of various articles and researches, and has co-authored and edited four textbooks. She has traveled to Mongolia, China, South Korea, Kazahkstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgistan, India, Vietnam, and has been to Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Amsterdam.]
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jun sibugJun Sibug
[Even in college, Paterno C. Sibug Jr., was known as Jun Sibug. He took his elementary education at Holy Family Academy, his high schooling at the former Sacred Heart Seminary, and spent college at the University of the Philippines. Mr. Sibug now lives in Chicago, Illinois and is presently working as a Pension Benefit Administrator. His main references are mostly books from the Newberry Library Filipiniana Collections and University of Illinois in Chicago. He cares about history, and is always proud to have been born a Pampango.]
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abel d sotoAbel D Soto
[took up his certificatory double major course in Creative Writing and Performing Arts at Centre for Arts Foundation, Inc. in Quezon City. He also finished the Managing the Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. He is a resident of Bacolor, Pampanga.]
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aida tanglaoAida Tanglao
[is a U.S.-based Kapampangan Filipino American. She has lived and worked in different communities in Pampanga, Manila, and in Nigeria when the Philippines was under a regime of civil rights suppression. She studied in public and private Philippine institutions (Lourdes Elementary School, Holy Angel University, University of Sto. Tomas), went to graduate school at Angeles University Foundation, and attended local colleges in the U.S. She currently does "action research," and catches up on what she missed in the meagerly filled libraries in Pampanga, particularly at the Pampanga High School (formerly Jose Abad Santos High School) where she taught for more than a decade. At age 27, she became a single mother to five children; she is now a grandmother to eight. Her personal and educational backgrounds provide the impetus for her to reach out and help in instilling cultural, moral, and historical consciousness among her people and in advocating correct child rearing approaches. She has embraced into her motherhood and patriotic obligations working for the Filipino's aspirations to spiritual and human liberation and contentment.]
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object not foundTitus Toledo
[has published extensively in discord. As of this writing, he digs space weather, code art, semiotics, guerrilla gardening, and crispy begukan—in that order. He comes in peace.]
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tec sanchez tolosaTec Sanchez-Tolosa
[is a full-blooded Kapampangan and a mother of three. A member of Pinoypoets since 2006, she is the author of the Kapampangan poetry collection "Ing Bie Kung Delanan, Ing Bie Kung Balikan (2006)." Some of her poems have been published in emanilapoetry and the online poetry journal Makata. While enrolled in her M.A. Creative Writing program, she was included in the anthology Sleepless in Manila. Tec is also a seasoned medical writer, with printed works in health publications and major dailies. She worked briefly with the ABS-CBN Foundation as a scriptwriter/researcher in the early stages of Sine'skwela. Raised in Manila and educated in St. Theresa's College during her formative years, she is a product of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She later became a Doctor of Medicine and trained in diseases of the skin, hair and nails. She is now a Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) Board-certified Dermatology specialist with an active practice in San Fernando, Pampanga and Quezon City.]
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j reylan bustos virayJ Reylan Bustos Viray
[teaches Philosophy, Literature, and Humanities at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila. He is a native of Masantol, Pampanga. He is a lifetime member of the International Society for Philosophers based in the University of Sheffield (UK), Philippine Association of Teachers of Culture and the Arts, and Philippine Association of Teachers of History and Rizal. He is also a member of Pinoy Poets, Philosophical Association of the Philippines, and Society of Asian Comparative Philosophy (USA). Some of Mr. Viray's poetry appeared in published journals and online journals in the country. He has published monographs dealing with Postmodern Philosophy, Jean Francois Lyotard's Philosophy, Epistemology and Filipino Philosophy. Mr. Viray lives in Fairview, Quezon City with his wife and two bubbly daughters.]
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imelda cruz-woodImelda Cruz-Wood
[is a native of Santa Rita Pampanga. A graduate of BSC Economics, she was able to use her Economics course for two years and from then on pursued her real interest---writing. She was first employed as product researcher for Graphic Arts Service Inc., then one of two major publishing companies in the Philippines. When opportunity knocked, she grabbed the chance to be trained as writer and editor for the same company. For eight years, she was writing and at the same time editing comics scripts and short stories in prose (1988 to 1996). From 1996 to 1997, she was appointed food editor for a weekly English women's magazine, called Chic, and eventually became its editor for eight years before migrating to New Zealand in 2004. She continued writing a monthly column for St. Paul Publication's Homelife magazine until July 2009.]
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cecile s yumulCecile S Yumul
[a renaissance social worker, a revolutionary teacher, a supporter of artists, a trail-blazing woman of substance, Cecile S. Yumul is an embodiment of the phrase "Carpe diem!" This multi-awarded teacher/broadcast journalist started her broadcasting career over 27 years ago. Her radio/tv show "Bukas Bayan" has been on air since 1999 and is still airing with a multi-sectoral fan base. She is an accomplished cook, a mystic gardener, an actress, and a true environmentalist—a distinction she is indeed proud of.]
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