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Edgar B. Maranan


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EDGAR B. MARANAN is a poet, essayist, fictionist, playwright, writer of children’s stories, and translator. He was a fellow at the Dumaguete Writers Workshop at Silliman University in 1972. He attended the Iowa International Writing Program in 1985, became National Fellow for Poetry of the UP Creative Writing Center in 1988, and participated in the International Writers’ Residence at Le Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland in 2006. Maranan has won a total of 30 Carlos Palanca literary prizes for his works in English and Filipino, and was inducted into the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame in 2000. He has garnered awards in other competitions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines literary contest and writing grants, Amado V. Hernandez Playwriting Competition, Institute of National Language poetry competition, Filamore Tabios Sr. Memorial Prize for Poetry, Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, Philippine Graphic Nick Joaquin Literary Awards, and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY)-Alfrredo Navarro Salanga Writers Prize which he won three years in a row, 1989-1991. His books of prize-winning poems, Alab: mga tula and Agon: poems, were published in 1982 by the UP Press. His book of translation, Kudaman: Isang Epiko ng Palawan na Inawit ni Usuy (Ateneo Press, with Dr. Nicole Revel McDonald), won a National Book Award citation in 1992. Bookmark in Manila has published several of his prize-winning children’s stories. From 1993 to 2006, Maranan worked as Foreign Information Officer of the Philippine Embassy in London, and published The Philippine Newsletter. He co-edited, and contributed to the book Hinabing Gunita (Woven Memories: Filipinos in the UK), an oral history project of the Center for Filipinos in London. Before his stint in the diplomatic service, Maranan taught political science at the UP College of Arts & Sciences, and graduate courses in Philippine Studies at the UP Asian Center, Diliman, Quezon City. He was imprisoned for more than two years at the height of martial law, for his political activities while teaching at the state university. A native of Bauan, Batangas, he grew up in Baguio City where he had his elementary and high school education at St. Louis College. He later went to the University of the Philippines to study for his degree in Foreign Service. Maranan is a member of the Baguio Writers Group.
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Passage: poems 1983-2006 is a collection of poems primarily on people, places, things, as observed and absorbed by the poet ...