Danton Remoto

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Danton R. Remoto (born March 25, 1963) is a Filipino writer, essayist, reporter, editor, columnist, and professor. Remoto was a first prize recipient at the ASEAN Letter-Writing Contest for Young People. The award made Remoto a scholar at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. As a professor, Remoto teaches English and Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University.[1] Remoto is the chairman emeritus of Ang Ladlad, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political party in the Philippines.


Remoto was born in Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, in Pampanga province. His father, Francisco Sr., was a soldier while his mother, Lilia Relato, was a music teacher.[1]


In 1983, Remoto obtained his AB in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 1989, while under the Robert Southwell scholarship, Remoto gained his MA degree in English Literature. In 1990, while under the British Council Fellowship, Remoto received his Master of Philosophy in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling in Scotland. In 2000, Remoto was given the Fulbright Scholarship for Rutgers University in the United States. He also taught Freshman English Composition and Creative Writing: Fiction at Rutgers University. In 2003, Remoto obtained a fellowship from the Asian Scholarship Foundation at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia). In 2004, Remoto obtained a fellowship from the Asian Scholarship Foundation at the National University of Singapore. In March 2009, Remoto obtained a PhD in English Studies with a major in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines.[1]


From 1986, Remoto worked as a writer, reporter, editor, and columnist for the Philippine Press. In 1989, Remoto edited Alfredo Navarro Salanga’s Buena Vista, a collection of poetry and fiction and was a co-editor of Gems in Philippine Literature. In 1994, Remoto became a Local Fellow for Poetry the UP Creative Writing Center. Together with J. Neil Garcia, Remoto edited the so-called Ladlad (“Out of the Closet”) series, a succession of gay literature. He taught full-time at the Ateneo de Manila University from 1986-2009, and later worked as a Communications Analyst at the United Nations Development Programme and as Head of Research and News Desk Manager at TV5.[1]

He appeared on Gloc-9's music video Sirena, which features life of an gay person who was maltreated by his father. The music video also featured Boy Abunda.


Remoto was the recipient of several cultural and literary awards and recognition. In 1979, Remoto won the ASEAN prize for essay writing. In 1983, he won the Galian sa Arte at Tula award for poetry. In 1986, Remoto won the PLAC award for poetry. In 1987, Remoto was a Palanca Awards winner for essay writing. He was a three-time Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) awardee for poetry. He was a two-time 1989 and one-time 1990 awardee of the Stirling District Arts Council Award for poetry and short story writing. In 1993, Remoto became the Procyon Prize winner for poetry. He received the Cultural Center awards for film and video for the screenplay of the documentary House of the Crescent Moon and for the film The Last Parian. In 2004, Remoto obtained the Philippines Free Press Award for essay writing. In 2006, he became an awardee of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts Award for poetry translation. In 2007, Remoto was granted the Philippine Graphic magazine's Nick Joaquin Award for short story writing.[1]


Remoto’s writings include the following:


  • Skin, Voices, Faces (1991)
  • Black Silk Pajamas / Poems in English and Filipino (1996)
  • Pulotgata; The Love Poems (2004)
  • Rain


  • Seduction and Solitude
  • X-Factor
  • Gaydar
  • Buhay Bading
  • Rampa: Mga Sanaysay



  1. ^ a b c d e Danton Remoto, panitikan.com

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