Clockwise: Book collection; memorabilia; Dr. Isagani R. Cruz; the donor poses with Max Gomez, senior executive vice president of C & E Publishing, Inc., Alain Padilla, Connie Sicat, and Anna Marie de Castro
The Isagani R. Cruz Collection was turned over to De La Salle University in a formal ceremony at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall last Thursday, December 18, 2014. The deed of donation was signed by donors Dr. Cruz and wife Medy and Br. Dennis Magbanua, OIC, DLSU President and Chancellor with Dr. Leonila Abella, Associate VP for Information Resource Management representing the university.
According to Ms. Ana B. Fresnido, DLSU director of libraries, the collection consists of the most extensive titles on American Literature available locally; textbooks and tradebooks authored by the donor, volumes of archival materials (newspapers and magazines, journal articles, correspondence), and memorabilia (awards, trophies, medals, posters, souvenir magazines and programs, and certificates).
With the collection, Dr. Cruz joins the league of distinguished donors that include F. Sionil Jose, Br. Andrew Gonzalez, Senator Lorenzo Tañada, Jaime and Alice Laya, Doreen Fernandez, Carlos Quirino, Jose Javier Reyes, Emerita Quito, Peque Gallaga, Bonifacio Sibayan, Doy del Mundo, Wilfrido Villacorta, and Francisco Ortigas among many others.
Dr. Cruz has had an illustrious life and career in the academe (particularly in the area of language and literature), theater, government, journalism, and publishing. He is professor emeritus at DLSU, a former DepEd undersecretary, a member of the Palanca Hall of Fame, a Fulbright scholar, and a founding member of the Manila Critics Circle. Currently, he is the president of the Manila Times College, a consultant of DepEd and CHED, a weekly columnist of The Philippine Star, and chair of the C & E Foundation.
The special collection is housed in a glass-paneled room on the 13th floor of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall and is open to students, literary researchers and scholars, creative writers, archives enthusiasts, and the general public.