Children’s story wins award

LITERATURE DEPARTMENT FACULTY member Genaro Gojo Cruz, who currently teaches Creative Writing, won in the 2nd Gig Book Storywriting Contest for his short story for children, “Hello, Tatay!”

Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, Inc. (GASFI), the contest sponsor, is a non-profit organization. Founded and headed by Marissa Oca Robles, GASFI is driven by three of Robles’s passions: honoring the memory and youthful spirit of her son Gig, promoting the reading habit among children and their families, and serving the needs of Filipino seamen and their families.

Gojo Cruz’s winning story is about a child whose father works as a seaman, and thus, could only communicate with him through phone. The author has written 20 children’s books and has won awards in various competitions. His work, together with other nine winning entries, won a prize of P20,000 each, a winner’s certificate, and a chance to be published.

The judges were Karina Africa Bolasco, children’s book author and Publishing Manager of Anvil Publishing, Inc.; Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, children’s author, book reviewer, educator, and Chairman of the National Book Development Board (NBDB); and Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo, children’s illustrator and Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

This article was published in 2401, Vol. 44 Issue No. 3, p. 3 [16 July 2012]. 2401 is the official newsletter of De La Salle University.

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