This pen pusher is a haijin by choice. Born to a poor family from the Visayas, he saw the first light in Manila 55 years ago.
It was in the old district of Intramuros here in Manila where his mother met his father, although both their families came from central Philippines. It was a union blessed by five siblings who all became well educated but nonetheless less materially well-off individuals.
Willie, as this pen pusher is fondly called by friends and colleagues, is a government employee. He is a front line service personnel in the first ever mass light rail transit in Manila. Although a public servant by profession, he never ceased to compose short verses to while away his time. He now concentrates on the short forms like haiku,senryu, haiga and the likes.
And thanks to Ms. Gabi Greve, who helped him coin his pen name Ao-Suzume (in Japanese, meaning the Blue Sparrow).