By: Gregorio C. Brillantes I. About the Author
Gregorio C. Brillantes, a Palanca Award Hall of Famer and a multi-awarded fiction writer, is one of the Philippines' most popular writers in English.
Born in Camiling, Tarlac in 1932, Mr. Brillantes has finished his Bachelor of Literature degree with honors in the Ateneo de Manila University where he has edited the college literary magazine and has won top prizes in writing contests. Mr. Brillantes has worked as press officer for an advertising firm, staff writer for a news agency, and teacher of Far Eastern university. He has edited Sunburst, The Manila Review, Focus, Asia-Philippines Leader and the Philippines Free Press. Among his published collections of short stories are: The Distance to Andromeda and Other Stories, The Apollo Centennial, Help, and On a Clear Day in November Shortly Before the Millennium, Stories for a Quarter Century.
Known for his sophisticated and elegant style, he has been compared to James Joyce. He often writes about individuals under thirty, adolescent and post-adolescent youths who struggle with alienation from family, from society, and from themselves. He writes with a sure hand, frequently offering rich insights about the Catholic faith as it illumines the lives of countless Filipino families. His earlier collection of short stories has earned him the title of the "Catholic Writer". But elements of the fantasy also come in his works. In the 2006 Graphic/Fiction Awards, the main local sponsor of the contest, specialty book shop Fully Booked, has acknowledged Brillantes as one of the godfathers of fantastic literature in English by naming the first category the Gregorio C. Brillantes Prize for Prose.
He has published his first short story in the age of 13 or 14 for his high school paper in Camiling, Tarlac. It is a horror story- “Boy Meets Ghoul”- that he has written on a bet with a classmate. His first real recognizable short story is “My