Cyrene Kazandra Tumaliuan

Founder & Chief Librarian, Kwago Bookstore, Manila, Philippines

A self-published poet and open source advocate, Czyka Tumaliuan owns a tiny book bar in Manila that sells books and zines from independent publishing houses in the Philippines and fiction-inspired coffee and beer. Passionate about culture and innovation, she's a journalist who writes about art, science, technology and their intersections in various media outlets, like GMA News, Rappler, Art Radar and Art Plus Magazine. She is working on the first VR-made art exhibit with Filipina artist Issay Rodriguez, and is creating a digital archive of Philippine literature with two other Filipina creatives. Czyka curated the first virtual reality (VR) exhibit at History Con and co-founded the first independent, experience-driven book fair in Manila that explores the possibilities of storytelling in the seven arts and tech.


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