First Language(s): Hiligaynon, Filipino
Second Language(s): English
Eric Abalajon is currently a lecturer at the University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo. Some of his works have appeared or are forthcoming in Revolt Magazine, Loch Raven Review, Ani, Katitikan, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Tiger Moth Review, and elsewhere.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I didn't grow up in a home with a lot of books, so I got into reading in my early teens. I remember Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder as an early favorite.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
It started with simple interest in storytelling and expression. Now, in my writings, I actively try to document and investigate mundane moments and their implications for individuals but also for communities. How they fit in the social fabric of the present, but also in history.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
Deciding to live abroad in Canada. It was a period filled with so much wonder but also apprehension. Even if things didn't work out, it was a very formative experience. One that I intend to return to in my writings.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I prefer no music while reading or writing. I want to immerse myself completely.
Language Instruction for New Canadians Practicum
Issue Spring '22