ALVAREZ, Ma. Ailil B.

ALVAREZ, Ma. Ailil B

MA. AILIL B. ALVAREZ has been serving as Director of the UST Publishing House since 2017. She is also Assistant Professor in the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters-Department of Literature, a Resident Fellow of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, and a Researcher at the UST Research Center for Culture, Arts and the Humanities.  Her book of critical essays, Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays (2016), was named a finalist in the 36th National Book Awards for the category Literary Criticism/Literary History in English.

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Academic Qualifications

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Academic Qualifications

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (Manuel L. Quezon University – Manila, Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Research Highlights

  • 2016 Philippine Studies Association, Inc.: 10th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPhil)
    “Cadence of the Soul: The lyrical articulation of spirituality by three female poets”
  • 2014 Research Colloquium of the UST Department of Literature
    “Beyond Religious Schism and War: Piece of Literature, Literature of Peace”
  • 2013 Research Colloquium of the UST Department of Literature
    “Reclaiming the Voice, Re-Imagining the Self: Towards a Revision of Filipino Post-Colonial Aesthetics”
  • 2012 CDCE-CETA Conference on Language and Literature
    “Improving Accounting Word Problem Comprehension of Sophomores of The UST-AMV College of Accountancy in 2012”

Research Interests

  • Catholic literature
  • spirituality
  • Philippine literature (poetry) in English
  • women’s studies
  • cultural studies (manga/anime, television and fashion)
  • mythopoeisis
  • film theory and narratology
  • identity theory

Courses Handled

Major Recognitions

Professional Activities

Courses Handled

  • Catholic Literature
  • Literary Criticism 
  • Literary Theory
  • Philippine Literatures
  • World Literature
  • Art Appreciation / Art, Man, and Society
  • Cultural Anthropology and Business Cultures 
  • Technical Writing
  • Academic Writing 
  • Academic Reading 
  • College Freshman English

Major Recognitions

  • Finalist, 36th National Book Awards in the Best Literary Criticism/Literary History in English Category (for Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays [UST Publishing House, 2016])
  • Publisher of the Year Awardee (as Deputy Director of the UST Publishing House), given by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics’ Circle in 2012

Professional Activities

  • Director, UST Publishing House (2017-present)
  • Resident Fellow, UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (2015-present)
  • Member, Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators (2016-present)
  • Deputy Director, UST Publishing House (2012-2017)
  • Member, Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets and Playwrights, Essayists, and Novelists) (2020-present)
  • Honorary Board Member, Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (2017-2018)
  • Member, Council for Department Chairpersons of English (2007-2012)
  • Member, College English Teachers Association (2007-2012)
  • Member, Linguistic Society of the Philippines (2007-2008)

Selected Publications

Latest Conferences, Workshops, Symposia, and Contests

Selected Publications

Books and journals

  • Author, Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays (Manila: UST Publishing House, 2016)—Finalist, National Book Award for Best Literary Criticism in English
    Managing Editor, TOMAS Vol. 2, Issue 10: The Anniversary Issue on Criticism (2017)

Research and feature articles

  • “The Poetics of Profound Perception: Paul Alcoseba Castillo’s Walang Iisang Salita,” in TOMÁS Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2019)
  • “Miracle of Manaoag in pageantry of history, image and faith,” Philippine Daily Inquirer—Arts and Books section (January 9, 2017)
  • “UST Pays Tribute to National Artist Cirilo F. Bautista,” Philippine Daily Inquirer—Arts and Books section (October 26, 2015)
  • “Speculations of the Soul: Shades of the Catholic Imagination in Carlomar A. Daoana’s Clairvoyance,” in TOMÁS Vol. 2, No. 5 (2015)
  • “Lyric Poetry in Pixel: Toward a Postcolonial and Postmodern Poetics of Digital Texts,” in KRITIK/CRITIQUE: Essays from the J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop in the Criticism of the Arts and Humanities, 2009-2012 (Manila: UST Publishing House, 2014)

Creative works

  • “Agape” (p. 7) and “Abundance” (p. 154), two poems in Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, ed. Rina Garcia Chua (Manila: UST Publishing House, 2017)
  • Author, “Camera-Shy” and “Lune de Miel 1 (Genesis),” two poems in Dapitan: Narratives of the City (Manila: The Flame, 2014)

Latest Conferences, Workshops, Symposia, and Contests

  • Panelist, UST National Writers Workshop, 2015-2019
  • Panelist, UST CCWLS TIGERS Undergraduate Workshop, 2016-2019
  • Resource Speaker (w/ Asst. Prof. D. L. Marfil), UST RCCAH Thesis Policy Workshop, Mar. 21, 2019
  • Resource Speaker, Panel on Writing Literature, 2017 National Conference on Literature Education (PNU), Oct. 6, 2017
  • Rapporteur for Parallel Session 1: Ethics, Theory and Method, International Conference on Ethical Literary Criticism, April 27, 2019
  • Paper Presenter (w/ Asst. Prof. D. L. Marfil), “Research Primer for Literature Majors,” UST RCCAH Research Fortnight, Feb. 29, 2019
  • Paper presenter, 2018 UST RCCAH Research Fortnight, “The sacrality of silence in three female poets,” Feb. 20, 2018
  • Paper presenter, 10th International Conference on Philippine Studies (ICOPhil), “Cadence of the Soul: The lyrical articulation of spirituality by three female poets,” July 6-8, 2016
  • Moderator and Event Manager, “Multiplicities of Space: A Conversation about Sustaining the Archipelago with Ms. Rina Garcia Chua,” June 7, 2019
  • Event Director, the USTPH Panel for the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, 2017-2019
  • Event Director, Huntahan Panitikan: A Forum on Contemporary Literature, Mar. 5-7, 2018
  • Event Director, USTPH Case Book Writing Seminar (with Prof. Florenz C. Tugas), Sept. 18, 2019
  • Co-Organizer/Event Manager, UST Literary Caravan, April 10, 2019
  • Co-Organizer/Event Manager, PEN Launch of Pascual’s, de los Reyes’, and Galan’s newest books by the USTPH, Feb. 23, 2019
  • Participant, Philippine International Literary Festival: “Gunita: A Pursuit of Memory,” June 14-15, 2019

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