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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.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


In his First Things First blog, Philippine writer Francisco S. Tatad has announced last February 12, 2009, his completion of his maiden novel, The Hidden Life of Amargo Raz.

A Filipino thinker and writer known for his writings, commentaries and international lectures on politics, ethics and public policy, Mr. Tatad is a former Cabinet minister of the Philippine Government, a senator, publisher, editor, and newspaper columnist.

In this post-New Age world, where the culture of death appears to have won, Filipino Catholic writer Francisco Tatad sets The Hidden Life of Amargo Raz, his first international socio-political novel on the fight between good and evil. A synopsis of his novel could be found in his blog, First Things First at

As a fictionist, Mr. Tatad has had his work published widely in Philippine magazines and international publications.

This novel was first introduced in his blog under the working title, Sinners of the Earth. Arrangements for the publication of the novel are underway, and updates will be posted on his blog as appropriate.

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