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Doreen G. Fernandez

Born on 28 October 1934 to Aguinaldo With Edilberto N. Alegre, she co-authored:

Severino Gamboa of Silay, Negros Occidental “The Writer and His Milieu” (1984) and
and Alicia Lucero Gamboa of Cabanatuan, “Writers and Their Milieu” (1987, recipient of
Nueva Ecija. National Book Award); the “Lasa” series on
dining in Manila and the provinces (1989,
She obtained her A.B., major in English and 1990, 1992); “Sarap: Essays on Philippine
History in 1954 from St. Scholastica’s College, Food and Culture” (1988); and “Kinilaw: A
Manila; completed her M.A. in English Philippine Cuisine of Freshness” (1991).
Literature (1956) and Ph.D. in Literature
(1976) from the Ateneo de Manila University. She did video scripts as well: “Tikim,” a video
She began teaching at the Ateneo de Manila documentary on Philippine food (1989,
in 1972 and has chaired the departments of Philippine Information Agency); “Panitikan”
Communication, English and Interdisciplinary on Philippine literature (1992, CCP) which
Studies. She was a member of the editorial earned first prize, video documentary
boards of Philippine Studies, Filipinas Journal category from the Film Academy of the
of Philippine Studies, and The Asian Theatre Philippines; “Dulaan” on Philippine
Journal. She would have rendered 30 years contemporary theater (1994, CCP).
service in October 2002.
She was a columnist of The Manila Chronicle,
In 1998 she was recognized with Metrobank Mr. & Ms. magazine, the Philippine Journal of
Foundation’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Education, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and
She has taught literature, composition, Food magazine. She has contributed
creative as well as critical writing, and numerous articles in journals, periodicals and
journalism. Her research has been on cultural, books, including The Oxford Companion to
literary, theater and culinary history, on which Food (1999, Oxford University Press).
she has written for scholarly and popular
publications and had regularly been invited to She was editor and contributor to the CCP
speak at international conferences and Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (1994, Cultural
symposiums. Center of the Philippines); contributor to the
Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in
She was twice a recipient of the Fulbright English (1995, Routledge), and with Resil
Asian Scholar in Residence Award (1983, Ohio Mojares to “Modern Southeast Asian
University Southeast Asian Studies Summer Literature in Translation: A Resource for
Institute; 1992, Michigan University Seminar Teaching” (1997, Arizona State University);
on Southeast Asian Literatures in and editorial consultant as well as contributor
Translation). to the 10-volume “Kasaysayan: The Story of
the Filipino People” (1998, Asia Publishing Co
A prolific writer, she authored: the “Iloilo Ltd).
Zarzuela: 1903-1930” (1978); “In
Performance” (1981); “Tikim: Essays on
Philippine Food and Culture” (1994); “Face to
Face: The Craft of Interviewing” (1995);
“Palabas: Essays on Philippine Theater
History” (1996); “Fruits of the Philippines”
(1997); “Palayok: Philippine Food Through
Time, On Site, In the Pot” (2000).