A Palanca award-winning poet and faculty member from the Department of Literature was named deputy director of the UST Publishing House on Aug. 18. 

Asst. Prof. Paul Castillo, who teaches creative writing and literature, replaced Asst. Prof. Benedict Parfan, who had held the position since 2019 before being promoted to director on Aug. 1. 

In an interview with the Varsitarian, the new deputy director said he would continue the “best practices” of the UST Publishing House and make improvements along the way.

“Perhaps we can think of utilizing several new media platforms, not just social media sites. Pinpoint where the readers are, what they want, and how to cater to them better,” Castillo said. 

Castillo said the publishing house’s consignment deals with other university presses and bookstores would continue.

“The consignment of books from other publishing houses is a very good initiative. To continue it means that the sales and marketing of the books must be given priority. That way, the partnership will continue further with new releases from the said publishing houses,” he said.

Castillo is a UST Publishing House author and a resident fellow of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

He is also a board member of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, the largest writers’ organization in the country. With reports from Angeli Ruth R. Acosta


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