Cyan Abad-Jugo is a Filipino author, novelist, and teacher. She is the daughter of the renowned poet Gémino Abad (Fugitive Emphasis, In Another Light, The Space Between). Cyan Abad-Jugo taught literature and creative writing at Ateneo de Manila University.
Abad-Jugo graduated from Ateneo de Manila University when she was 19. She majored in English Literature. She has studied under Dr. Edna Manlapaz and Fr. Joseph Galdon for her writing classes. Her stay in Ateneo further developed her passion for writing and literature.
"My professors were so enthusiastic about the things that we had to read for class, that I couldn’t help but have their enthusiasm rub off on me,” says Abad-Jugo.
During her stay in Ateneo, she was an active member of Heights, the school's preeminent literary organization. Then Cyan Abad-Jugo took her Ph.D. in English Studies: Creative Writing and Anglo-American Literature at UP Diliman.
In 1996, Abad-Jugo released her debut novel Father and Daughter: The Figures of Our Speech, alongside her father. The book is a collection of stories, poems, and essays by the two Abads.
Many of Abad-Jugo's earlier pieces were in the form of poetry. It was her classes with legendary Filipino writer NVM Gonzales that convinced her to make the switch to fiction. Cyan is still better known as a writer of children's stories but also works in the genre of fiction for adults and young adults.
Her books include Sweet Summer and Other Stories (2004), Leaf and Shadow: Stories About Some Friendly Creatures (2015), Letters From Crispin (2016), and the young adult novel Salingkit: A 1986 Diary (2015).
Cyan Abad-Jugo lives in Quezon City with her husband and twins.