YVETTE TAN is one of the Philippines’ most celebrated horror writers. Her stories “Kulog” and “Sidhi,” both in her first short fiction collection Waking the Dead, won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in different categories in 2003. “The Child Abandoned,” also in the same book, appeared as part of the programme in the Singapore Writers Festival in 2021, the same year Waking the Dead was rereleased to critical acclaim.
She wrote the feature film, Ilawod, directed by Dan Villegas and starring Iza Calzado and Ian Veneracion, and co-wrote the libretto for Opera: A Rebirth in Arabesque, a ballet based on the work of artist Gabriel Barredo, with Erwin Romulo which was performed by Ballet Philippines in the CCP Main Theatre as part of Art Fair 2016. She was the official scribe of the Manila Biennale in 2018, documenting the relationship between art, the viewer, and the Walled City of Intramuros.
In 2021, she collaborated with Team Manila on “The Last Moon,” which appears in this book, as part of the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Philippine pavilion in the Frankfurt Book Fair. Her stories have been translated in Czech, Spanish, and Hungarian.
One of her passions include agriculture and food security, and is honored to be able to work in the sector. When asked how a horror writer ended up interested in growing food, her reply is, “farmers and horror writers both keep the apocalypse at bay.”