Miguel Syjuco

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Miguel "Chuck" Syjuco is a Montreal-based Filipino writer. He is the co-founder and editor of the online publication Localvibe.com. He won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008 for his novel Ilustrado, which also earned him the grand prize in the 2008 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.


Life and education

Miguel Syjuco was born in 1976 to a political clan in Makati City. He completed his studies in English Literature at Ateneo de Manila University where he received a Dean's Award for the Arts in Creative Writing. His early works were published in Ateneo's literary magazine, Heights, and were also included in the UP Likhaan Anthology for Best Poetry and Fiction.

Later, he went to the United States to pursue a master's degree in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Then he moved to Australia to complete his Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Adelaide.


Syjuco began publishing his poetry and short stories while he was still studying. These were featured in national and international publications. He worked for various international publications such as The New Yorker, Paris Review, Esquire, and Time. Aside from his published works, he is also known as the co-founder and editor of the first online city guide and lifestyle magazine in Metro Manila, Localvibe.com.

At present, Syjuco works as a copy editor for the Montreal Gazette in Montreal, Canada.


  • Winner, Man Asian Literary Prize (2008) for Ilustrado
  • Best Novel in English, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature (2008) for Ilustrado

External links

  • Balikbayan claims Palanca win at Tribune.net
  • Filipinos in 2nd Man Asian Literary Prize longlist at ThePOC.net




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