Prof. Emeritus and UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) Director Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Ph.D., and CCWLS Resident Fellow Asst. Prof. Chuckberry J. Pascual, Ph.D., won in this year’s National Book Awards given by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC). Hidalgo’s “The Thing with Feathers: My Book of Memories” (UST Publishing House, 2017) bested two other finalists to win Best Book of Essays in English, while Pascual’s “Ang Nawawala” (Visprint, Inc. 2017) bested three other entries to win Best Book of Short Fiction in Filipino.

Hidalgo has won awards for her fiction and nonfiction, and has published more than 40 books, including fiction (novels and short stories), nonfiction, literary history, and literary criticism. She continues to teach graduate courses in Creative Writing and Literature at UST and UP.

Aside from his NBA prize-winning book, Pascual is the author of “Kumpisal: Mga Kuwento” (UST Publishing House, 2015), “Pagpasok sa Eksena: Ang Sinehan sa Panitikan at Pag-aaral ng Piling Sinehan sa Recto” (UP Press, 2016), and “Ang Tagalabas sa Panitikan” (UST Publishing House, 2018). Aside from being a Resident Fellow of the UST CCWLS, he is also a Research Fellow of the UST Research Center for Culture Arts and Humanities (UST RCCAH), and has recently been appointed as Coordinator of the newly established B.A. Creative Writing program under the Faculty of Arts and Letters.