Charlson Ong

Charlson Ong is a multi-awarded fictionist who has received, among others: a Palanca award for his short story, The Trouble in Beijing; a second-place Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for his novel, An Embarrassment of Riches; and several National Book Awards for his works across the years. He currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of The Philippines’ Department of English and Comparative Literature.
 
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In high school, I often glimpsed actress Gina Alajar strolling on the street tangent to ours and felt an aching whenever she passed.
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