Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award 2007

The School of Humanities proudly congratulates MS. RICA REMEDIOS BOLIPATA-SANTOS, Assistant Professor of the Department of English and Executive Director of Ateneo Library of Women's Writings, for winning this year's Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award held at the University of the Philippines, Bulwagang Rizal last 8 December 2007.

Ms. Santos' Love, Desire, Children, Etc.: Reflections of a Young Wife was published in 2005 by Milflores Publishing, Inc. The book is a collection of essays which was praised for its candor, grace, and humor.

The award is the only such prize that recognizes literary debuts of Filipino writers and was established in memory of Gonzalo Gonzalez. Previous winners are Elena Sicat, Luna Sicat-Cleto, F.H. Batacan, Sarg Lacuesta, Vince Groyon and Kristian Cordero. This year's panel of judges was composed of Dr. Neil Garcia, Jaime An-Lim, and previous winner Vince Groyon. Ms. Santos received a P50,000 check and certificate.

Congratulations to you Rica!

Connie C. Camacho
Assistant to the Dean
School of Humanities
Ext. 5301