A Labour of Love I: A Spotlight on Tagalog

A Labour of Love I: A Spotlight on Tagalog



5 Nov, Thu 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM


FB Live



This session is in multiple languages


Through a collection of found text, familial memories and original works, 5 poets pay tribute to Tagalog as they explore a language loved and reclaimed.

This is a pre-recorded session, and will be available on video-on-demand replay.

This programme is co-presented with Sing Lit Station.


Eric Tinsay Valles

Philippines – Singapore

Eric Tinsay Valles draws inspiration from all the places that he has called home. He has published poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings, SG Poems 2015-2016, Anima Methodi, and The Nature of Poetry. His poetry has been featured in Southeast Asian Review of English, Routledge’s New Writing, and other journals. He has won a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing prize. He is the director of Poetry Festival (Singapore).

Janelyn Dupingay Vergara

Philippines – Singapore

Born in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya Philippines, Janelyn Dupingay Vergara came to Singapore to work as a domestic helper in 2015. She has worked with the same employer since. She sees writing as a powerful tool to connect with her fellow migrants and is an active member of the Migrant Writers of Singapore and a Team Leader in Uplifters, a non-profit organisation that provides online education on Money Management and Personal Growth. Through social media, she recites her poems and motivates the migrant community with live videos.

Ramón C Sunico


Ramón C Sunico, is an internationally published poet, a book publisher, teacher, editor, book designer, and the author of several books. His works include two acclaimed poetry books The Secret of Graphite: Poems in Two Tongues (designed, printed, and bookbound by the poet) and Bruise: A Two Tongue Job. A National Fellow for Poetry of the University of the Philippines, he is the recipient of the Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas (a national writers’ honour roll) and other national literary and book prizes including the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards and the Carlos Palanca Literary Awards.

Ramón C Sunico is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Shy Lhen Esposo

Philippines – Singapore

Shy Lhen Esposo is a domestic helper and a self-published author of Shy Hawk's Path, Dreams Are My Reality and Shy I Love You Today and Tomorrow. She also contributed to Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings. She has won many awards including third runner up for Nucleus Poem Mother Language Competition 2018 and Migrant Poetry Competition 2019. She is also a poet-writer at Nomad's Choir Poetry in Woodside, New York. With Nick Ambrister, she co-wrote Through Open Hangar Doors and the Ace series on love and war. She is a single mother to five, including two foster children.

Shy Lhen Esposo is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Lawrence Ypil

Philippines – Singapore

Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is the author of The Highest Hiding Place which won of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and, more recently, The Experiment of the Tropics which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and the co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. In his most recent book, he returns to early twentieth century Philippine photographs as sites of intersection of memory, empire, and longing. He received an MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of Iowa and in Poetry from Washington University in St Louis. He teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College.

Lawrence Ypil is featured in the following SWF event(s):


Letters from Home to Home: A Reading

7 Nov, Sat 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM