Aristotle J. Atienza teaches language, literature, and popular culture in the Filipino Department at the Ateneo de Manila University.  He has also taught special courses on eroticism and pornography, and performing femininity in cinema (with J. Pilapil Jacobo and Alvin B. Yapan). He is currently taking his Ph.D. in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is co-editor (with Rolando B. Tolentino) of Ang Dagling Tagalog, 1903-1936 (2007).


John Bengan teaches writing and literature at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. He received a Ford Foundation International Fellowship to pursue an MFA in creative writing at The New School. His stories and essays have appeared in Kritika Kultura, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Asiatic, BooksActually’s Gold Standard, and the “Writing the Philippines” issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He lives in Davao City.


Christian Jil R. Benitez (Chair, 2019-2020) is a faculty member of the Kagawaran ng Filipino, Ateneo de Manila University, where he graduated with an AB-MA in Filipino Literature. The locus of his research is time, as ecological and mythological assemblage, tropically articulated through history as metaphor. He has won a Palanca award for Tula (2015) and two UP Press awards for essays in English and Filipino (2016).


Emerald O. Flaviano is a Research Associate of the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center. She has done research on social memory in Mendiola and on Cinemalaya and Philippine independent cinema. Her research interests include political culture, popular culture, and Philippine film. She is currently studying for an MA degree in art studies at the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman.


Patrick D. Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, which he chaired from 1997-2003, and Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila. He is Adjunct Curator at the National Art Gallery, Singapore. He was selected by the Philippine government to curate the Philippine Pavilion of the 56th Venice Art Biennale in 2015. He was also one of the curators of Under Construction: New Dimensions in Asian Art in 2000 and the Gwangju Biennale (Position Papers) in 2008. He was a Visiting Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1999 and an Asian Public Intellectuals Fellow in 2004.  Among his publications are Painting History: Revisions in Philippine Colonial Art (1999), Remarkable Collection: Art, History, and the National Museum (2006) and Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (2008). He was a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council (2010) and a member of the Advisory Board of the exhibition The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989 (2011) organized by the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and member of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council (2011). He co-edited the Southeast Asian issue with Joan Kee for Third Text (2011).


Tessa Maria Guazon is assistant professor at the Art Studies Department, University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests center on cities and culture, specifically art production in the context of urban development. She was recently awarded the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship for fieldwork in Thailand and Indonesia in 2014.


Lisa Ito-Tapang teaches art history and theory at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (UP CFA). Her writings have appeared in Pananaw Philippine Journal of Visual ArtsForum on Contemporary Art and SocietyAsian Art News and Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art, among others. She co-authored Without Walls: A Tour of Philippine Paintings at the Turn of the Millennium (2010). She holds a degree in Fine Arts (Art History) from the UP CFA and is currently completing a master’s degree in art studies at the UP College of Arts and Letters.


Jaya Jacobo teaches literature, theory and criticism, and cultural studies in the Departments of English and Filipino at the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights. She holds the A.B.-M.A. (2002-2003) in Filipino Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, and the M.A. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (2010) and the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, which she completed through a Fulbright Scholarship (2011). She has published scholarly work is keen on inhabiting the cusp between tropology, particularly the rule and the resistance of metaphor, and tropicality, argued as a rubric of time. Jacobo is currently preparing a critical edition of Fruto del Prado’s Bicol translation (1867) of Modesto de Castro’s Urbana at Feliza (1864), to be published by the vanguard press of the Ateneo de Naga University. She is founding co-editor of Queer Southeast Asia: A Literary Journal of Transgressive Art.


Skilty C. Labastilla teaches social sciences, research, and popular culture in Ateneo de Manila University. He is also a Research Associate at Ateneo’s Institute of Philippine Culture, where he is engaged in research on urban informal settlements, governance, and children and youth. He holds degrees in Anthropology and Social Development and has taught at U.P. Diliman, U.P. Mindanao, and La Trobe University. He manages Pinoy Rebyu, a website dedicated to Philippine cinema.


Nonoy L. Lauzon is the Programmer for Screenings at the U.P. Film Institute. He has double degrees in Philosophy and Humanities from the University of the Philippines. He is a published film critic and has previously worked for a number of national newspapers including the Philippine JournalPeople’s Journal and The Manila Times. He used to contribute a column for the old Mirror Weekly and now regularly writes for two of the country’s leading national tabloid dailies. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Media Studies (Film) at the U.P. College of Mass Communication.

jpaulJPaul S. Manzanilla (on leave) taught communication, humanities, and Philippine arts courses at the University of the Philippines Manila and Filipino and history courses at the Ateneo de Manila University. He earned degrees in comparative literature and art history from the University of the Philippines and is engaged in research on the histories of photography, cinema, and television in the country.

Janus Nolasco is University Researcher at the Asian Center, UP Diliman. He has a BA in Comparative Literature and an MA in Asian Studies, for which he specialized on West Asia. His research interests include area studies, philosophy, political philosophy, Islamic studies, literature, and needless to say, Philippine popular cinema. A defender of romantic comedies, he is the author of “Between Philippine Studies and Filipino-American Studies: The Transpacific as Area and the Transformation of Area Studies in the 21st Century,” published in Suvannabhumi: Multi-Disciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (2018). His analysis of ‘English, Only Please’ and essay on Pinoy Action Movies appeared in the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia. He has also contributed to New Mandala.


Jema Pamintuan (on leave) obtained her PhD in Philippine Studies from UP Diliman, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University. She was a recipient of the Elisabeth Luce Moore Award for Outstanding Fellow (2012-2014) under the United Board Fellows Program in Asia for her research and work as a visiting fellow at Tunghai University, Taiwan (2013), and Georgetown University, USA (2014).


Tito R. Quiling, Jr. earned a master’s degree in Media Studies (Film) from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has received fellowships for national workshops in creative writing, scriptwriting, and arts criticism. His works have been published in Unitas, Tómas, Humanities Diliman, Plaridel Journal of Communication, Media, and Society, NANG Magazine, among others. He is currently an instructor under the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas. His research and writing interests center on the intersections of cinema, literature, heritage, architecture, and the city.


Jaime Oscar M. Salazar is a graduate student of the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has received fellowships to national workshops on criticism, and his writing has appeared in academic and popular venues. He is part of the research team of the recently launched TutoK Freedom of Expression (FoE), a social network and online platform for collaborative art production and educational discussions on art. TutoK FoE ( is a project of TutoK, an artists’ initiative. He currently works for an international humanitarian organization.


Cristian Tablazon works with video and other photo-based media, installation, and text. He is a recipient of several national fellowships in creative writing and cultural criticism, and his works have been published and exhibited in 14 countries. His writings have appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Kritika Kultura, Asian Journal of Culture, Literature and Society, Social Science Diliman, High Chair, hal., and Kilómetro 111: Ensayos sobre cine, among others. He runs Nomina Nuda, a small nonprofit independent platform and exhibition space in Los Baños, Laguna, and works as a resident instructor and program coordinator at the Philippine High School for the Arts. His research interests include memory and autobiography in moving-image practices, low-resolution imagery, place and space in cinema, transportation and mobility in East and Southeast Asian horror films, and spaces of spectrality and representations of trauma in visual media.

Trinidad,Andrea Anne

Andrea Anne I. Trinidad obtained her AB-MA Filipino Literature degree from Ateneo de Manila University. Though currently working as a full-time Instructor of Filipino Language and Literature in the same university, she also considers herself as a full-time fan girl that majorly influences her academic interest in Pop Culture particularly the field of Fan Studies. As an academic-fan, she was able to present her papers recently at a conference in Sydney as part of the International Association of the Study of Popular Romance and in La Trobe University, Melbourne.



Romulo Baquiran Jr.

Melissa Contreras

Flaudette May Datuin

Joel David

Mike Feria

Noel Ferrer

Eulalio Guieb III

Eloisa May Hernandez

Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez

Gerard Lico

Charlson Ong

Choy Pangilinan

James Rañeses

Jerry Respeto

Clare Salaveria

Neil Martial Santillan

Ariel Valerio

Ailyn Villamarin

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One response to “Members

  1. Sharah

    10 June 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Good morning! I sent an email to you I hope you see it. Thank you ^_^


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