Volume 2 Issue 10 : The Anniversary Issue

2nd Term 2016-2017

This year, the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies celebrates the fifth anniversary of its revival after a hiatus of four years. To mark the event, the Center is releasing five issues of its peer-reviewed literary journal, Tomás, within the third quarter of the year, one issue for each of the major literary genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama and literary criticism). Each volume has a different Issue Editor and Managing Editor but all are Resident Fellows of the Center.


This volume of TOMÁS is devoted to a collection of…

General Introduction

This year, the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary…

Ang Panitikan sa Panahon ng AlDub*

Soledad S. Reyes

Mula sa pagiging isang bahagi lamang ng kalyeseryeng pinamagatang “Juan for All, All for Juan,” sa programang “Eat Bulaga,” naging isang penomenal…

Awestruck with Agency: Mark Andy Garcia’s The Attack of the Righteous*

Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

When one looks at the latest works of Mark Andy Garcia, particularly those in Recent Works (Ayala Artist Space, June 2015) and…

Benigno P. Ramos, “Poeta Revolucionario”: Ang Responsibilidad ng Makata sa Gitna ng Krisis ng Ordeng Kolonyal

E. San Juan, Jr.

Sino ka’mo? Benigno Aquino? Hindi po, Benigno P. Ramos, ang manunulat.

A Different Jihad: Autobiographical Narratives of Three Philippine Muslim Women Writers

Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz

I started writing this paper more than twenty years ago, though I did not know it then. At that time, I was…

Transgressions and Transformations: Queer(ed) Spaces in Metro Manila as Rendered in Philippine Gay Poetry from English and in Filipino

Ralph Semino Galán

According to Aaron Betsky in his seminal book, Queer Space: Architecture and Same Sex Desire, two qualities that characterize queer space is…

Quelling Disarray and Inscience: Altruistic Thralldom and Subject Formation in “The President of the Tribe” and “Sam-it and the Loom”

Jan Raen Carlo M. Ledesma

This essay is an exploration of the postcolonial notions of “White Love” and its attendant effects that are made manifest in the…

Flights and Fixations: Displacement and Urban Living in Isabelita Orlina Reyes’ Stories from the City

Oscar Tantoco Serquiña, Jr

In a world that enables individual or mass migrations, people have become more tolerable to various cultures apart from their own.

E Ano Ngayon?: Pagbabaybay, Wika, Pagsasalin

U Z. Eliserio

Maglalatag sa papel na ito ng teorya ng wika na ituturing itong isang di-biyolohikal na anyo ng buhay.

Transient Spaces, Transitory Relations: The Accesoria in Peque Gallaga’s Scorpio Nights (1985)

Tito R. Quiling, Jr

In the city, there are characters and stories that are often overlooked. From placid mornings to the midday chaos, lethargic afternoons and…




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