Victorio N. Sugbo Biography and Literary Works (Poems)

Victorio N. Sugbo is a Filipino poet and literature professor. He was born on February 20, 1949 in Tacloban City, Leyte. He finished his A.B. English and Political Science degrees from the Divine Word University in 1968, his M.A. in TESL and Industrial Relations from UP in 1983 and His Ph.D. in Communication Research also at UP in 1992. Sugbo writes poems not only in English but also in the Waray language (his mother tongue). He has published two poetry collections in Waray and edited five books for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). His poems has appeared in various publications (Philippine Free Press, Madras Courier, Eastlit, Taj Mahal Review, Poetry Monthly, The Missing Slate, Sands and Coral, Likhaan and Caracoa).

Sugbo taught as a professor of communication and literature at the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Awards and Recognitions:
1. First prize at the Lillian Jerome Thornton International Competition in Poetry. (1997)
2. National Fellow for Regional Literature of the UP Institute of Creative Writing (2003)
3. Awarded the Gawad Pambasang Alagad ni Balagtas. (2016)
4. Awarded the Taboan Literary Award (2013)
5. EL Gouna Writers Residency in Red Sea, Egypt (2011).
6. Sangyaw Award of the City of Tacloban (2009)

Poetry Collections:
1. Inintokan
2. Taburos Han Dagat

Edited Books for the NCCA:
1. Tinipigan: An Anthology of Waray Literature (1995)
2. Illumined Terrain: The Sites and Dimensions of Philippine Literature (1998)

Well-Known Poems:
1. State of the Nation
2. Leyte
3. A Way to Kill Schoolchildren