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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


" Between Two Worlds, a first novel by CESAR LEYCO AGUILA is a saga spanning four centuries and revolving around a family, the Monteros, whose roots are of the Old World, but whose successive generations are drawn into a maelstrom of anarchy, suffering, and death which usually follows colonization."

A Philippine-born Australian novelist, journalist, poet, Cesar Aguila is at work on his second novel, God's Other Children. His collected short fiction The Big River and Other Stories is due for publication by the UST Publishing House as part of the 400 books that the venerable Philippine Catholic University is publishing to commemorate its 400th anniversary in that country in 2011.

Aguila worked with the United Press International (Manila), the Philippines Free Press, the HK-based Asian News Service, the Asian newspaper, The Philippines Herald (defunct), and studied at the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin, and at the Asian Institute of Management. He was Literary Editor of the The Varsitarian, official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas in the 60s. His fiction was also included in Salu-Salo, a collection of Australian-Filipino writing in Australia. Published widely in Philippine magazines, Aguila's fiction explore his keen understanding and brave acceptance of the tensions of a clash of cultures endemic among colonized people.

His Between Two Worlds, well-received in the Australian literary scene, is "A timely, exciting first novel that explores the clash of cultures which began centuries ago and continues to this day. Not to be missed." Author Peter Fields (Heading for Cape Horn)said of book.

"It reminded me of Michael Ondaatje's often lyrical prose, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magical realism. A rare and richly-rewarding experience," Talking to Tess author Peter Howard describes Aguila's work. Ondaatje is one of Canada's best novelists and is multi-awarded. His English Patient is a Booker Prize winner. Nobel Laureate Marquez has had his Love in the Time of Cholera made into a film.

Aguila is a member of the historical Hakluyt Society, London. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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