Louie Jon Agustin Sanchez

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Louie Jon Agustin Sanchez
Born (1980-10-29) October 29, 1980 (age 36)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Poet, Journalist, Critic, Teacher
Nationality Filipino
Website
louiejonsanchez.com

Louie Jon Agustin Sanchez (born 1980 in Sta. Mesa, Manila), a poet, fictionist, critic, and journalist, hails from Flora, Apayao, Philippines. He lives in Novaliches, Caloocan City, in Metro Manila.

He has won prizes including three "Makata ng Taon (Poet of the Year)" honors from the state-run Gawad Komisyon sa Tula-Gantimpalang Collantes of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.[1] He has also won an award for his fiction from the Catholic Mass Media Awards, given out yearly by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila.

Life[edit]

A son of a professional electrical engineer from Baliuag, Bulacan and a fitness trainer from Abulog, Cagayan, Sanchez was born on 29 October 1980 in Sta. Mesa, Manila. He grew up in homes in San Juan City in Manila, where his parents started their family, and much later on, in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City. He now lives in Novaliches, Caloocan City.

Education[edit]

Educated in Catholic schools all throughout his boyhood, he finished high school at the Notre Dame of Greater Manila in Grace Park, Caloocan City, before entering the University of Santo Tomas. At Santo Tomas, he enrolled at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, intending to major in communication arts. However, his stint at The Varsitarian, the official student publication, convinced him to shift to journalism.[2] He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 2002. He took an MFA in Creative Writing at De La Salle University, where he is also currently enrolled as a PhD Literature student.

Career[edit]

A few months after graduating, he worked as editorial assistant for Gospel Komiks, published by the Communication Foundation for Asia. After two years, in 2004, he was taken in as supplement writer by the Philippines Graphic. While in the magazine, he helped run the Philippines Graphic-Nick Joaquin Literary Awards, one of the most prestigious prizes for Filipino fiction writers in English. The owners of the Philippines Graphic in 2006 opened a business paper, the Business Mirror. He is one of the pioneers of the paper, and he handled the business development department. In 2007, he started teaching literature and creative writing at De La Salle University-Manila, where he finished his master of fine arts in creative writing, with high distinction.

He is a member of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), an organization of poets writing in the Filipino language.

He was consulting editor of Asian Journal Publications, and associate editor of Balikbayan Magazine. He still reports for the Philippines Graphic.

Published works[edit]

Kuwento ng Monghe

May peregrino mulang ibang bayan
Na nagtungo sa templo. May kipkip
Na lihim. Hindi na kailangang mabatid.
Walang tiyak sa pagmumunakalang
Mga bakas ng luha ang kaniyang gunita.

Ang sadya ang mas mahalaga:
Ang muog na may bilugang puwang
Sa katawan. Dito niya ibinulong
Ang lahat. Saka pinunan ng putik
Hanggang sa ganap na matakpan.

Dumaan ang maraming taon
Bago ko naunawaan ang kaniyang
Pakikiniig sa bato: Hindi
Pinahihintulutang mabunyag
Ang pinakaiingatan at sagrado.

Louie Jon Sanchez, 2005[3]

Books[edit]

At Sa Tahanan ng Alabok: Mga Tula, UST Publishing House, 2010

In anthologies[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Fiction[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Criticism[edit]

Awards, grants, fellowships[edit]

  • 2011 Talaang Ginto-Gantimpalang Tamayo sa Tula, Makata ng Taon and First Prize for "Talambahay"
  • 2010 Lumina Pandit Poetry Contest, First Prize, Poetry in Filipino
  • 2009 Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo, Fellow for Poetry in Filipino
  • 2009 Talaang Ginto-Gantimpalang Tamayo sa Tula, Makata ng Taon and First Prize for "Ang Galit na Kristo"[5]
  • 2007 "Sangandiwa Workshop for Critical Writing", Junior Fellow, De La Salle University-Manila[6]
  • 2007 College Research Fund Grant, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University-Manila, for the book of poems, At Sa Tahanan ng Alabok
  • 2006 Talaang Ginto-Gantimpalang Collantes sa Tula, Makata ng Taon and First Prize for "Pagninilay sa Larawan ng Isang Monghe"
  • 2005 Talaang Ginto-Gantimpalang Collantes sa Tula, Honorable Mention for "Usbong ng Talim: Siklo ng Mga Tula"
  • 2004 "Catholic Mass Media Awards" Best Short Story for "Ang Maglakad sa Tubig" (Serialized in Gospel Komiks Magazine for Young People)[7]
  • 2004 11th Iligan National Writers Workshop, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Fellow for Fiction in Filipino
  • 2003 2nd Iyas Creative Writing Workshop, University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Fellow for Poetry in Filipino
  • 2000 1st Ateneo de Manila University-Heights Literary Folio National Writers Workshop, Fellow for Fiction in Filipino
  • 2000 1st University of Santo Tomas National Writers Workshop, Fellow for Fiction in Filipino

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pangalawang Ulit na Ito: Sanchez, Makata ng Taon 2009" in Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Website
  2. ^ "Ang Buhay sa Silid 112" by Louie Jon Sanchez, The Varsitarian, Vol. 73, No. 7, January 30, 2002
  3. ^ Mula sa Bautista, Cirilo F. & Allan Popa, mga patnugot, Latay sa Isipan. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Press, 2007.
  4. ^ WorldCat.Org: Aklat Likhaan ng Tula at Maikling Kuwento 2000
  5. ^ "Dating Patnugot ng V, Hinirang na Makata ng Taon" in The Varsitarian, Vol. 80, No. 11, May 20, 2009
  6. ^ "Sangandiwa 2007 Held" at 2401: De La Salle University Newsletter, November 26, 2007
  7. ^ "2 Pahayagan ng UST, Ginawaran ng CMMA" in The Varsitarian, Vol. 74, No. 7, November 24, 2004

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