I love the English language–so manifold and nuanced. I love to teach it, I love to learn it.

I’ve been teaching language and writing to corporations, firms and government offices for 10 years.

E-mail me at jbvwriting@gmail.com if you have a question on writing and language. I learn much from your questions. I find joy in looking for the answer.


Trainer in Effective Business Writing, in Technical Writing, in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, on grammar), and in Creative Writing for the offices and corporations such as the Embassy of Canada, Petron Philippines, Meralco, Autohub Group, Ayala Property Management Corporation, NAPOCOR, Eastern Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. DHL Philippines, Intel Philippines, ePLDT, San Miguel Corporation, Wyeth Philippines, Globe Telecommunications, Philippine National Oil Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, WG&A Corporation

MCLE-accredited trainer in Legal Writing and Language—for MCA-PTP US AID project for the Office of the Ombudsman (2007 and 2008) and in 2013 and 2014 (British Embassy); CD Asia (Manila, 2008 and 2012); IBP Davao (2008, 2010, 2013), IBP Cagayan de Oro (2009), IBP Bacolod (2009 and 2012), IBP Cebu province (2010), IBP Cebu City (2009, 2009, 2010, and 2012), University of St. La Salle College of Law (2012)

Trainer in Writing Laws for the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cebu City (November 2008); Legal Writing and Language for Gerodias Suchianco & Estrella Law Firm (legal and non-legal staff, 2008–2010)

Part-time faculty, Business Writing and Presentation and Business Law (University of Asia and the Pacific, 2004-2007) and Philippine Literature, and World Literature (Messiah College, since 2006)


Book editor and ghostwriter; Fiction and nonfiction writer; Freelance editor and features writer for various magazines and corporations.

Recent work includes writing the coffee-table book, The Pepsi Challenge: A Journey of Remarkable Resilience (Dr. Isagani Cruz, co-author), which won the Quill Awards for 2013, and then won the Bronze Anvil Award in February 2014, the highest excellence award given to public relations tools; writing the manual for legal writers, Ombudsman Stylebook, for the Office of the Ombudsman; editing and managing the 2010-2013 Consolidated Report for the Road Board of the Philippines; writing the 2011 annual report and the 2012 annual report for Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.; editing the book, The Good Lawyer, by Atty. Robert Quitain; editing the book and workshop materials for Balancing Work and Life: Best Practices of Family-Responsible Employers and Executives by Dr. Victoria Caparas (UA&P); editing the Working Mom magazine adoption special; editing the book Timpla published by NutriAsia and F&B World; editing the book Around the World in 80 Plates published by F&B World; editing the cookbook for the Pakistani Women’s Association of the Philippines  published by Hinge Inquirer Philippines; ghostwriting a book on health and wellness and a coffeetable book for a Pearl S. Buck awardee.

Copyeditor of Game! magazine, F&B World, Northern Living, and Mobile Magazine (Hinge Inquirer Publications, 2006–2010); Copyeditor of PC Magazine Philippines (Hinge Inquirer, 2005–2007) and of SME Insight and of Golf Digest Philippines (Hinge Inquirer, 2006); editor in chief of Reviewer magazine (Hinge Inquirer, 2004–2005), of Vision magazine (EPSON Philippines) and of Pamilyang Pinoy (CCT Publications, 2005


Grand Prize, NVM Gonzalez Award for Best Short Story, forUndercurrents(November 2003), published in “Best Filipino Short Stories,” ed. Gregorio Brillantes and Gemino Abad (2007), The Manila Times (2003), and online at Panitikan: Your Portal to Philippine Literature and at Manila Speak: Living Literature

Special Prize, NVM Gonzalez Award for Best Short Story, for “Closopen” (November 2005), published in “Best Filipino Short Stories,” ed. Gregorio Brillantes and Gemino Abad (2007); in the anthology, “A la Carte: Food and Fiction,” ed. Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and Marily Ysip Orosa (2007); Philippine Graphic in (2005), and online at Manila Speak: Living Literature

Quill Awards for 2013 and the Bronze Anvil Award in 2014, for The Pepsi Challenge: A Journey of Remarkable Resilience (Dr. Isagani Cruz, co-author), a project with Studio 5 Designs

Best Instructor Worldwide (Technical Reading and Writing), Intel University Worldwide (October 2003)

Runner-up Best Debater, Toastmasters National Competitions (Debate, May 1999)


42nd UP National Writers’ Workshop, UP Institute of Creative Writing, Baguio (April 2003)

40th National Writers’ Workshop, National Artist for Literature Dr. Edith L. Tiempo, Dumaguete (May 2001)

Complete Staff Work, Presidential Management Staff (1998)

— Janet Villa


18 thoughts on “About Janet Villa

  1. Awww, thanks for the support, Ja! :) As the “Bicentennial Man” (Robin Williams) said, “One is glad to be of service.” ;p Sadly, my latest post is December 3. I’m a few weeks behind my schedule. Haaay, Christmas season.

  2. Hi, Janet! this is Catherine. I sent an inquiry email to your email address. I would appreciate very much if you could let me know you received the email and your thoughts. Thank you.

  3. Hi Janet,
    you were our speaker before in Subic, i misplaced the email address you gave me, which explains my desperate :) move here. i hope you can give your reply to my email add.
    May i know if “Hence,their disqualification” is a complete sentence. naay gasulti na complete daw, naa pud nagasulti na dili.

  4. Hello, Janet. I am glad I came across your blog. I believe I could learn a lot from you through the articles.

    Like you, I love to learn the English language adn it goes without saying it is my favorite subject–even if I am no longer in school. I also have some articles that were born out of my desire to help the country do better than Singapore and India in English Proficiency Tests.

    It is interesting to note that Philippines is the country to beat when it comes to business English but not English Proficiency Tests where Singapore and India are the ones on top. Singapore ranked third (with a score of 98) in the Educational Testing Service (ETS) ranking based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for 2010. The Philippines ranked 35th out of 163 countries world wide. The only other Asian country to score higher than the Philippines was India (19th with a score of 92). Malaysia tied the Philippines for 35th place with a score of 88.

    I will, for sure, use your articles as part of my references.

    • Thank you, Sony, for your kindness. :) Hey, those are interesting stats that you shared. I join you in helping our country find answers to puzzling grammar concerns.

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