John Iremil Teodoro is from San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. He is Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator at the Literature Department in the College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle University. He is a multi-awarded writer in Kinaray-a, Filipino, Hiligaynon, and English. He is the author of more than 12 books and his collection of short essays Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa won the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board. Teodoro is also a scholar of Hiligaynon Literature. He contributes reviews, travel pieces, and cultural reportage to AGUNG, The Daily Tribune, and Liwayway. He is presently the Secretary General of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL or the Writers Union of the Philippines.) On weekdays he lives in a condominium unit with a view of Manila Bay and on weekends he lives in Pasig City where he owns a small garden with bougainvillea.
Photo credit: Eric Barbosa, Jr.
Three poems from Kembang Kertas (Balinese for bougainvillea) in Filipino and Kinaray-a