José Romelo Lagman hails from Angeles, Pampanga. He graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomás (Manila) with a B.S. Mathematics degree in 1989. He has since worked as a computer programmer in the Philippines, Malaysia, U.S., and Canada, arriving in Toronto as an immigrant in January 1994. José is also an internationally-published sports and travel photographer. He started writing during the pandemic lockdowns and he is nearly finished with his first novel—a multilingual historical fiction piece set in Manila in the tumultuous 1890s.