Melissa Villa-Real Basmayor is a writer and visual artist based in Naga City, Philippines.
A member of Salingoy Art Group, her works in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media, have been part of local and international exhibits.
Her literary works have also seen print in the Philippines and abroad.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, she taught Humanities and Creative Writing to university students in Naga City, and continues to give lectures on art appreciation to learners of all ages.
She is co-owner of Lakaw Shoe Design, which offers customized handpainted designs on canvas shoes and other canvas-based products.
She is also one of the founders of ArtSikrap, an online platform for selling arts and crafts.
Presently, she works as Editor-in-Chief of Bicol Standard newspaper, while exploring other media and themes in art.