Thursday, January 22, 2004


Renato Redentor Constantino is the author of The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire. A writer and painter based in the Philippines, Constantino's work comes out frequently in leading Philippine newspapers and international publications and has been translated into numerous languages.

Constantino is the managing director of the Constantino Foundation formerly known as the Foundation for Nationalist Studies, a policy research and publication institute which has been publishing progressive literature for almost three decades, including the national social journal The Bulletin Board. Constantino is also the managing director of the translation and advocacy institute Linangan ng Kamalayang Makabansa. He can be reached via redcosmo(at)gmail(dot)com.

Constantino is currently working on his next book and the last batch of aquarelles and sketches based on his travels during the period 2000 - 2005, which he intends to release in an exhibit in late, oh, who the heck knows since he just keeps putting it off. Time is on his side but he is procrastinating. When he is not writing or painting or riding Goran (great mountain bike), Constantino works with Greenpeace International related to the organization's energy campaignin Southeast Asia, China and India.

Red, as he is known to friends, is married to Kalayaan Pulido. They have two kids, Rio Renato (a precocious nine-year old boy who finished the last installment of Harry Potter the day after the book was released worldwide, and Yla Luna (sweet daughter who will turn five in November and who paints and draws as if she were having a furious exchange with Chagall and Klimt...)

Yvette, a family friend, is responsible for turning Red towards the blogging world. Visit the website where Yvette is currently posting with good buddies Kala, Jeng and Ebong.