Joseph Julian R. Acebedo
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Mila D. Aguilar
Is a Filipina poet and revolutionary, author of A Comrade is as Precious as a Rice Seedling and Journey: An Autobiography in Verse (1964-1995). She is also an essayist, teacher, video documentarist, and website designer.
As a poet, she has written almost 240 poems in English, Filipino, and Ilonggo. About 125 of these are in her collection of poems, Journey: An Autobiography in Verse (1964-1995), published by the University of the Philippines Press in 1996. This collection contains poems from six books printed in Manila, San Francisco, and New York between the years 1974 and 1987 (including A Comrade is as Precious as a Rice Seedling), as well as poems written in subsequent years up to 1995.
Ms. Aguilar has written more than a hundred essays, a handful of which were done when she went "underground"– first as an ordinary member, then later as head of the Regional United Front Commission of Mindanao, and last as head of the National United Front Commission of the Communist Party of the Philippines, from which she resigned in 1984.
She has produced, written, and directed almost 50 videos on subjects ranging from community organizations to regional cultures and good manners for government employees.
As a "webweaver", a term she invented, she has designed her own web pages as well as the website of a non-governmental organization.
At present she is teaching at the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta
Is an editor, poet, author, and teacher. She was born in San Juan, Rizal in the Philippines.
Dimalanta is a full professor of English and has held the position of Dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Arts and Letters. She has been a panelist in the UST, UP, Dumaguete and Iligan writers' workshops and a judge in prominent literary award-giving bodies such as the Manila Critics'...