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.
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Photo bottom, l-r: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Gloria F. Rodriguez, Concepcion Cuenco Manguerra, Ralph Rodriguez