Call for Submissions: Essays from Filipino Nurses in the United Kingdom

The second largest population of NHS staff in the United Kingdom are from our country. Filipino nurses are known for their commitment to the profession, hardworking, and are highly-skilled workers in the Philippines.

Since March last year from the onset of the global pandemic, the country is receiving news of triumphs and struggles of Filipino nurses in the UK. Stories of deaths among the frontliners, of the new Covid strain from England, and the UK as one of the countries with the highest death rate due the virus – Filipino migrant nurses are at front of the battlefield.

We want to hear their stories. We want to hear more.  And we want to hear it from them.

This anthology of essays will gather the stories of survival, struggles, and heroism of our Filipino nurses and health workers in the United Kingdom—penned by Filipino migrant nurses themselves. This book is an event where our Filipinos nurses retelling back to the nation their own stories, for posterity or as a source of inspiration to all Filipinos living in the archipelago or elsewhere.

The submission is open to all the Filipino nurses in the United Kingdom, with or without experience in creative writing. Balangiga Press will offer four creative writing class for non-writers for Filipino nurses. The classes will be facilitated by the country’s respected writers and creative writing teachers.

For the submission rules and to book a slot for creative writing class for non-writers click here.


Allan Alberto N. Derain is the author of seven books, including Iskrapbuk (UP Press), The Next Great Tagalog Novel at iba pang Kuwento (UP Press), Pangontra (forthcoming, UP Press), Aswanglaut (forthcoming, Ateneo Press), and Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag (Cacho Publishing and Anvil Publishing) which won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Grand Prize Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, and the National Book Award. He edited the aswang anthology May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong (Ateneo Press) which won the National Book Award and the Gintong Aklat Award. An Assistant Professor in Ateneo de Manila University, he teaches Creative Writing and Panitikan courses and also currently serves as the director of AILAP (Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices).

Eunice Barbara C Novio is a Thailand-based freelance journalist. She is also a lecturer at Vongchavalitkul University in Nakhon Ratchasima. Her articles have appeared on Kyoto Review, Asia Times, Asian Correspondent, America Media, Thai Enquirer, Bangkok Post and The Nation. She is a correspondent of US and Canada Bureau.  She also writes poetry published in several anthologies abroad. She has published a chapbook O Matter, a collection of poems translated into Thai. She reviews academic and literary papers for several international high-impact journals. Presently, she sits as one of the editorial advisory board of Media Asia, an imprint of Routledge. Ms. Novio has a Master in Women and Development from the University of the Philippines under Women Leadership Scholarship of Channel Foundation of Seattle, USA. She was a two-time Plaridel Awardee of the Philippine American Press Club.

Assistant Editor

Rowena Festin is the author of the book of poetry Banayad (UP Press) which won the National Book Award for poetry in Filipino, and a book of short stories Ang Buang ng Bayan (forthcoming, UP Press). Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino also recognized her as Makata ng Taon for her poetry Sumpa which was published in several anthologies. She is also a recipient of awards from Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, Gawad Collantes, and Gawad Galian for her short stories and poetry. Her poems, short stories, and essays on Philippine literature and culture had been published in several international journals and anthologies. She also serves as reviewer for several high-impact journals. An Assistant Professor in the University of the Philippines, she teachers Philippine Studies and Sociology courses.

Balangiga Press Editorial Staff

Jehu Emmmanuel Laniog is a graduate student of Anthropology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He graduated Cum Laude in Philippine Studies majoring in Malikhaing Pagsulat (Creative Writing) and Sociology. He finished Sertipiko ng Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino in 2016, a two-year creative writing certificate offered by the Departament of Filipino and Philippine Literature in the same university. He immersed himself in Bicol culture and finished his undergraduate thesis entitled Ipinasabong: Debosyong Rituwal sa Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Rogelio Braga is a novelist, playwright, and a human rights activist from the Philippines. He currently lives in London and works as Project Manager for Kanlungan Filipino Consortium. He is an MPhil/Phd research student at the School of Arts, Birbeck, University of London.

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