Miguel Syjuco

Miguel Syjuco © Marcos Townsend

Miguel Syjuco received the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Philippines’ highest literary honor, the Palanca Award, for the unpublished manuscript of Ilustrado. Born and raised in Manila, he currently lives in Montreal.



  • Miguel Syjuco on ILUSTRADO's Story

    Filmed at the FSG offices, Miguel Syjuco gives us some background on his novel.

  • Miguel Syjuco reads from Ilustrado

    Miguel Syjuco reads at Readings from Around the Globe: PEN World Voices Opening Night Extravaganza

  • The Experimental Process for His Experimental Novel

    Miguel Syjuco started with a 200,000 word novel, then cut it up into 10 separate Word documents, then cut it up again into a physical bricolage of numerous paper strips. A few years later he had the award-winning ILUSTRADO.

  • On Writing a Novel Without Having to Write a Novel

    How do you invent a novel, a famous novelist, and an entire country's imagined literature?

  • Writing Jokes Without Punchlines

    Miguel Syjuco uses a range of Philippine jokes - from the innocent to the bawdy - in his award-winning novel ILUSTRADO. He explains why here.

  • Are You the Author or The Character?

    Miguel Syjuco talks about people confusing him for his protagonist - named, well, Miguel Syjuco - in his award-winning novel ILUSTRADO.

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Garnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication, Ilustrado has been called “brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed . . .It is also ceaselessly entertaining,...