Bino A. Realuyo is glad to join FAM’s celebration of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.  As a young student in Rizal’s alma mater, University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Realuyo has studied Rizal’s works, and staged chapters of Noli in school plays, especially the moving narratives of Sisa and her sons, Crispin and Basilio.  Realuyo is the author of  The Umbrella Country  and the Philippine National Book Award winning poetry collection, The Gods We Worship Live Next Door.   His literary works have appeared in The Nation, The Kenyon Review, Manoa, New Letters, The Literary Review, and several anthologies.  He attended graduate studies at Harvard University with a leadership fellowship from the Kennedy School of Government. Leaving Manila as a young teen, he has since spent most of his adult life in New York City and in latin american countries. Realuyo has just completed a story collection, The F.L.I.P Show and a poetry collection, The Rebel Sonnets.  He writes about the Filipino-American experience on The Huffington Post.  Follow him on Facebook: