Photo courtesy of Trese After Dark/ Netflix

Yvette Natalie U. Tan is one of the Philippines’ most celebrated horror writers. Her stories have won several awards, including the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

She wrote the feature film, Ilawod, directed by Dan Viilegas 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 Gabby 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 as part of the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Philippine pavilion in the Frankfurt Book Fair. Her story “The Child Abandoned” appeared as part of the programme in the Singapore Writers Festival in the same year. She also co-hosted “Trese After Dark,” the behind-the-scenes companion to the Netflix hit anime “Trese” with Atom Araullo. Her works have been translated into Spanish, Czech, and Hungarian.

She is also the Agriculture section editor of Mania Bulletin and Editor-in-Chief of Agriculture magazine, which can be found online at

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @yvette_tan and on Facebook at @yvettetanauthor.