Friday, September 21, 2012
GLORIA F. RODRIGUEZ - EDITOR, PUBLISHER, FOUNDER OF GIRAFFE BOOKS
Today, I'm honoring Gloria F. Rodriguez who is an editor, publisher and founder of Giraffe Books. She was born on November 30, 1928 in Bacolod. She attended schools in the Philippines and in the United States, in hopes of becoming an English teacher. When she returned to the Philippines from the US, she was offered a job at New Day Publishers where she worked for twenty years. Under her directorship, New Day started publishing literary books. Gloria Rodriguez published Bienvenido N. Santos, N.V. M. Gonzalez, Linda Ty Casper, Leonard Casper, Cristina Hidalgo, Paulino Lim, P.C. Morantte, Manuel Viray, Edith Tiempo, Edilberto Tiempo, Lina Espina Moore, and many more.
In 1988, Mrs. Gloria Rodriguez published my first book, Woman With Horns and Other Stories. She also published my collection of essays, Philippine Woman in America, an anthology which I edited Fiction by Filipinos in America, and my first novel which first saw the light of day as Song of Yvonne, later reprinted as When the Rainbow Goddess Wept by.
After retiring from New Day, she went on to found her own publishing house, Giraffe Books. In 1993, after years of publishing other people's books, she published her Humor from the Internet Series and the six-volume Food for Thought Series.
A charismatic person, who is loved by all, Gloria F. Rodriguez received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manila Critics Circle in 1992.
More information about Gloria F. Rodriguez are in the following sites:
Photo top- Gloria F. Rodriguez
Photo bottom, l-r: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Gloria F. Rodriguez, Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra, Ralph Rodriguez
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author of 9 books, including When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, Vigan and Other Stories, and Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose. She edited four books, co-edited six books, and co-authored a novel, Angelica's Daughters. Her work has been translated into Finnish and Turkish; and many of her stories and articles have been widely anthologized. Cecilia has received many awards, including a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award for her work dealing with Asian American youths, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District, and the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines. She has received several travel grants from the USIS. She has lectured and performed at UCLA, USC, University of Connecticut, University of the Philippines, PEN, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and many others. She teaches creative writing at the Writers Program at UCLA-Extension.