First Language(s): Filipino
Second Language(s): English, Cebuano
Lyde Sison Villanueva is a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing student at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. His works have appeared in various publications like The Sunday Times Magazine, Inquirer.net, and The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. His first poetry chapbook entitled Made Easy was published in 2019. He currently lives in Manila.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I can't recall having a favorite book when I was a child, but I love the encyclopedia collection of my grandparents. It was a series of books, and the entries were arranged alphabetically. And it had pictures! I was fascinated by the types of rocks and animals endemic to Australia, various cloud formations, and much more. What I cannot forget is the amoeba. A single-celled organism that can make your stomach sick.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I wanted to be a singer, but I couldn't carry a single, decent tune, so I decided to be a poet. I've often used this half-meant joke to answer why I started writing creatively. I first took writing seriously in college. I studied Mass Communication because I wanted to be a journalist. When I was a freshman, my English teacher tasked us to read William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily.” The story and technique blew my mind. After reading it, I started writing poems and short stories. Later on, journalism became a pipedream.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
Back in 2014, I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia. No smartphone, no reservations, only a few bucks, and huge trust in humanity.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I love music. But I can't focus on writing when I'm listening to a familiar tune. And I also tend to sing along. I have this habit of reading aloud what I'm writing, and I need to hear myself. Though I listen to recorded ambient sounds, like a library or café chatter.
The Particulars of Time
Issue Fall '20