C & E staff and the authors of Philippine Literature Today
From left to right: Ireneo Nicolas, consultant Lourdes Lopez, author Kristine Molina-Doria, content development assistant-English Arlo Mendoza, author Abercio V. Rotor, publication design specialist Ruzzel Valdepeña
The soft launch of the soon-to-be-released Philippine Literature Today by Abercio V. Rotor and Kristine Molina-Doria was held last October 18, 2014 at the Tropical Garden, Quezon City. This textbook marks their second collaboration as authors. Their first book, Humanities Today: An Experiential Approach, was published by C & E in 2012.
Dr. Abercio V. Rotor, a recipient of a National Book Award and a Gintong Aklat Award, was a former director of the National Food Authority and a consultant in the Philippine Senate. He is also a professor at the University of Santo Tomas. Dr. Kristine Molina-Doria, on the other hand, is a professor of communication arts, literature, humanities, and development communication at the National College of Business and Arts and Colegio de San Lorenzo.
According to the authors, the volume is a humble yet substantial contribution to the growing number of titles on Philippine literature. It underscores the importance of four literary figures, namely Jose Rizal, Francisco Balagtas, Severino Reyes, and Leona Florentino who serve as pillars of Philippine literary tradition. Moreover, the textbook adopts an integrated and inter-disciplinary approach in its Questions and Activities section. In addition, it comes with a CD which contains additional reading selections and learning materials.
Administrators, faculty, and students from different academic institutions, namely National College of Business and Arts, University of Santo Tomas, and Novaliches High School attended the event.