Christine Bellen

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Christine Siu Bellen is a Filipino author born on December 24 , 1973.


Educational Background

Christine S. Bellen graduated from UP-Diliman in 1995 with a B.A. in Philippine Studies, majors in Creative Writing and Art Studies. In 2003, she received an M.A. in Philippine Studies with majors in Philippine Literature and Art Studies. Her M.A. thesis was "Bisa ng Pantasya: Ang Imahinasyon sa Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes" which was awarded a grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development at UP- Diliman. A faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University's Filipino Department, she is currently pursuing her doctorate in Phil Studies with majors in History, Anthropology and Literature in UP.

List of Works

Works Published by Anvil

  • Ang Alamat ng Lamok
  • Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari
  • Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin
  • Ang Parusa ng Duwende
  • Ang Plautin ni Periking
  • Ang Prinsipe ng mga Ibon
  • Ang Prinsipeng Duwag
  • Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong
  • Rosamistica
  • Si Pandakotyong
  • Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes (anthology/ student's pocket edition)

Other Works

Picture books

  • Og Uhog (Lampara Books)
  • Filemon Mamon (Adarna Books)

Illustrated anthology

  • Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Tahanan Books)

Children's Plays by PETA

  • Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
  • Batang Rizal


  • Honorable Mention, 2000 and 2004 PBBY Salanga Writers Prize
  • Special Citation, National Book Awards, Manila Critics Circle
  • Nominations, 2002 and 2004 National Book Awards, Manila Critics Circle
  • Award, 2006 Gawad Plumang Asul, Ateneo
  • Parish Youth Leader Achievement Award, Malabon parish

Grants Received

  • Asia Pacific Youth Forum (Japan Foundation)
  • Barlaya Writing for Children Workshop
  • Kritika (De La Salle University)

Link to Video of Interview

Link to Reflections of Interviewers of Christine Bellen and Transcript of Video

Insights After Interview with Christine Bellen

  Kevin Acuña's Insights
  -First of all, the interview with Christine Bellen was really fun because   
  she showed great enthusiasm in answering our questions. Her answers were 
  always long and complete. Aside from this, through the interview, I got to 
  learn more about Christine Bellen’s stories and plays. I also learned more 
  about what motivates and inspires her – the Philippines and its children.
  Overall, the interview was a success. We got to learn more about our author 
  and her life as a Filipino writer, as well as the joy and hardships that 
  come with it.
  Anton Esteban's Insights
  -I found a great deal of joy during the interview my groupmates and I had 
  with Christine Bellen. On top of being a very pleasant person, she is a 
  testament to a Filipino who works for the betterment of her country. Unlike 
  the emigrants or the corrupt politicians who directly or indirectly make the 
  country suffer, she works in a humble station of a teacher/author and works 
  towards giving her target audience, children, a love for magic and wonder 
  that they remember by reading the stories she writes.
  I read a few of her stories and immediately found them to my liking. Her 
  stories are as good, if not better, than the fables and tales a child 
  usually grows up with (like The Little Mermaid or Arabian Nights perhaps). 
  In addition to that, they are originally Filipino in language and in design 
  so they’re more easily picked up by the Filipinos. They are the kind of the 
  stories that are simple enough to read but charm a person all the same with 
  the likeability it provides.
  Sean Tan's Insights
  -After the interview with Christine Bellen, I have seen how the author 
  really is dedicated to what she does. Writing children’s books is her 
  passion. By writing children’s books, she hopes to help the youth of our 
  country develop into better people in the future. In doing so, she uses her 
  creativity to it’s fullest. She also wants to promote the Philippines in any 
  way she can. First is by writing only in Filipino, hoping to make great 
  stories so that one day they would be translated into other languages. 
  Another is by retelling Lola Basyang stories. By doing this, she is 
  promoting a national icon to the youth of today. Lastly, as a whole, she is 
  encouraging people of all ages to love reading by what she does and can make 
  the people happy.