Saturday, March 07, 2009

Lakambini Sitoy: profile

Lakambini A. Sitoy is a Filipino writer.

She is also known as Bing Sitoy.

Sitoy has published two collections of short stories in Manila. Mens Rea and Other Stories was published by Anvil in 1999 and received a Manila Critics Circle National Book Award that same year. Jungle Planet was published by the University of the Philippines Press in 2006 and was shortlisted for the MCC National Book Award for that year.

Sitoy is among 21 authors on the Man Asian Literary Prize's long list for 2008. The novel, Sweet Haven, is her first.

She received the David T.K. Wong fellowship from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom in 2003.

Her short stories have appeared in magazines such as Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic and Story Philippines. They have appeared in various anthologies in the Philippines, such as Likhaan Anthology of Poetry and Fiction (published by the University of the Philippines Press) and The Best Philippine Stories, a 2000 anthology published by Tahanan Books and edited by Isagani Cruz.

Other stories have appeared in Manoa, the literary journal of the University of Hawaii; Wake, an anthology of stories, essays and poems about Southeast Asia published in Britain to benefit victims of the 2004 tsunami; and Ansigter, an anthology of Southeast Asian short stories published by Forlaget Hjulet in Copenhagen in 2008.

Sitoy has received writing fellowships from the National Writers' Workshop in Dumaguete (1989) and the University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop (1990). She has also received nine prizes in the annual Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and a Philippines Free Press Award (1994).

As a journalist, Sitoy also served as a lifestyle and cultural section editor and columnist for the Manila Times.

She was an MA guest student at Roskilde University in Denmark in 2006.





AWARDS/ RECOGNITION RECEIVED and PUBLICATIONS

1. Longlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize, 2008 for novel "Sweethaven"

2. David TK Wong Fellow for Fiction, 2003, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

3. MCC National Book Award for Fiction, 1999 from The Manila Critics Circle for fiction collection "Mens Rea and Other Stories" published in 1998 held at The Philippine Book Fair Mandaluyong, Metro Manila September 12, 1999

4. Finalist in Fiction category, MCC National Book Awards, 2006 For fiction collection "Jungle Planet and Other Stories," published by University of the Philippines Press in 2005

5. NCCA Young Artists' Competitive Grant For Completion of 12 Short Stories with a One-Year Period Awarded by National Commission for Culture and the Arts 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

6. Chosen as Member, 3-person Board of Judges, Story for Children Category, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature 2002 Carlos Palanca Foundation, CPJ Building, 105 C. Palanca Jr. St. Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines Tel. no. 818-36-81 to 85 locals 31 and 24 Fax no. 817-40-45

7-14. Nine-Time Awardee, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Carlos Palanca Foundation, CPJ Building, 105 C. Palanca Jr. St. Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines Tel. no. 818-36-81 to 85 locals 31 and 24 Fax no. 817-40-45

First Place, Story for Children Category, English Division, "The Elusive Banana Dog", 2007
First Place, Essay Category, English Division, "From the Outlands with Love," 2005
First Place, Short Story Category, English Division, for "Touch," 1998
First Place, Story for Children Category, English Division, for "Pure Magic," 1996
Second Place, Fiction Category, English Division, for "Shut up and live", 2005
Second Place, Future Fiction Category, English Division, for "Secret Notes on the Dead Star", 2000
Third Place, Short Story Category, English Division, for "Lyra," 2001
Third Place, Story for Children Category, English Division, for "The Night Monkeys," 2000
Third Place, Short Story Category, English Division, for "I See My Shadow on the Pavement", 1995
15. Second Place Winner – Philippine Graphic Literary Awards, 2005, for short story "The Sisterhood." Awarded by Philippine Graphic (Newsweekly), Dominga Building, 2113 Pasong Tamo Street cor. dela Rosa Street Makati, Metro Manila

16. Second Place Winner – Philippine Graphic Literary Awards, 2001, for short story "Jungle Planet."

17. Honorable Mention – Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, 1994 for short story "Mens Rea" Awarded by Philippines Free Press, 55 Paseo de Roxas, Urdaneta Village, Makati City 1225




II. PUBLICATIONS (as of mid-2008)

BOOKS

Jungle Planet (a collection of 17 short stories) © 2005 University of the Philippines Press Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines email: uppress@up.org

Mens Rea and other stories (a collection of nine short stories), © 1998 Anvil Publishing, Inc. 2/F Team Pacific Bldg. 13 Jose Cruz St., Barrio Ugong Pasig City, Philippines (632) 6719235 email: pubdept@anvil.com.ph

NEWSPAPER WORK

Over 200 lifestyle, feature and travel articles,reviews, newspaper columns and uncredited Opinion-page editorials, in Sitoy’s capacity as Lifestyle Editor of Manila Standard, Isyu and The Evening Paper, published over the period from May 1996 to December 1999 and Opinion page editor of The Manila Standard (1998-1999) and The Manila Times (2000-2001)


ANTHOLOGIZED STORIES AND ESSAYS, PUBLISHED BY FOREIGN AND PHILIPPINE PUBLICATIONS (partial)

A. International Publishers

“Armani” (translated) in Danish anthology of Southeast Asian short fiction, scheduled for publication by Forlaget Hjulet, Inc., Copenhagen, 2007, Denmark, Vagn Plenge, editor

“Renata” and “Jungle Planet” in Manoa (winter 2004 edition titled “Jungle Planet” after Sitoy’s story) , University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

“Jungle Planet” and “Touch” in Wake (a collection of short stories, profit of which benefitted the victims of the 2004 tsunami. Edited by Nathan Hamilton and Zoe Green. Other authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Rose Tremain and Patricia Duncker), Ó 2005, Egg Box Publishing, London, U.K.

“Touch” in Coming Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas, edited by Marianne Villanueva. Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Ó 2003. New York, U.S.A.

“Armani” in Tulikarpanen (“Firefly”), an anthology of Filipino women’s writings translated into Finnish , Riitta Vartti, editor and translator Kaantopiiri, Helsinki, Finland Ó 2001

“A Dream of Women” in Manoa (Century of Dreams: New Writing from America, the Pacific and Asia) University of Hawaii Press Ó 1997, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.


B. Philippine Publishers

“Sisters” in anthology project of PEN, Philippines, scheduled for release in 2007, Vicente Groyon, editor

“The Night Monkeys” in The Night Monkeys, anthology of Palanca award-winning short stories for children, published by Tahanan Books, Makati, Manila, 2008

“Zenaida Amador” in Ten Outstanding Filipino Biographies for high school readers, published by Insular Life, Inc., Makati, Manila, 2007

“Shut up and Live” in Latitude: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland, edited by Angelo Lacuesta and Toni Davidson, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Manila, 2006.

“Sr. Mary John Mananzan,” in Heroes, a coffee table book to celebrate the 25th anniversary of EDSA, published by Alay sa Bansa Community and Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership, edited by Alfred Yuson, Manila, 2006.

“When You Wish Upon a Jollibee,” essay in A 25-Year Love Story with the Pinoy (coffee table book to celebrate Jollibee’s 25th anniversary), edited by Alfred Yuson, 2004.

“Moon Silver” in Fast Food Fiction: Short Stories to Go, Anvil Publishing, Ó 2003 edited by Noelle de Jesus

“The Vampire” in The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 2002, Carla Pacis, editor University of the Philippines Press Ó 2003

“Secret Notes on the Dead Star” in Future Shock: An anthology of young writers and new literatures, Ian Rosales Casocot, editor Silliman University, Dumaguete City Ó 2002

“Touch” in Best Philippine Short Stories of the 20th Century, Isagani Cruz, editor Tahanan Books, Makati City Metro Manila Ó 2000

“The Atheneum” in Dream Noises: A Generation Writes, Anvil Publishing, Manila Ó 1999

“Pure Magic” in The Golden Loom: Palanca Prize-winners for Children, Tahanan Books for Young Readers, Makati City, Metro Manila Ó 1997

“I See My Shadow on the Pavement” in The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1995 University of the Philippines Press, Diliman, Quezon City Ó 1995


SHORT STORIES and ARTICLES IN LIFE-STYLE GLOSSIES

Over 25 short stories and non-fiction articles published in Philippine magazines such as Cosmopolitan-Philippines, Preview, Free Press, Graphic.

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