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Sarge Lacuesta

Sarge Lacuesta is a highly acclaimed writer, having been recognized four times by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and receiving various accolades such as the Philippine National book Award, Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award for his collections of short fiction such as White Elephants, Life Before X and Flames. He has also edited a few books such as Latitude: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland and Fourteen Love Stories. 

Carlo Daoana

Carlo Daoana is a multi-awarded poet and art critic. He has been awarded the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE)-Alice Guillermo Art Criticism Award and Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism and the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his poetry collections, The Elegant Ghost and Crown Sonnet for Maria. His other collections, Fashionista’s Book of Enlightenment and Marginal Bliss, were also both finalists for the National Book Awards. 

Clinton Palanca

Clinton Palanca is one of the most well renowned food writers in the country today. His distinct writing style combines historical and cultural narratives together with his experiences in travel and culinary arts. While he is widely known for his food writing, Clinton is also a three-time Carlos Palanca Memorial Award winner for his short stories, The Apartment and The Window as well as his essay “In Paris.”

Bap’s inaugural writer’s residency occurred August 25–27, 2017. 


In the framework of the exhibition “High Noon At Cagayan Garden” by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Bap invited writers Sarge, Clinton, and Carlomar for a writer’s retreat at Bap’s headquarters at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar alongside the artists to respond and discuss themes of the exhibition over meals.

On September 9, the group reconnected for a public talk following the opening of the exhibition at Bap Outpost in Makati. Recalling stories centered around migration, displacement, and transit, “Kwentuhan” was an informal evening where BAP’s writers-in-residence continued the conversations that began during their retreat in Bataan and explore narratives in a new context at the Outpost.

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