Christine Siu Bellen is a Filipino author born on December 24 , 1973.
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
- Si Pandakotyong
- Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes (anthology/ student's pocket edition)
- Og Uhog (Lampara Books)
- Filemon Mamon (Adarna Books)
- 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
- 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.