Genoveva Edroza-Matute is one of the most prominent writers of the Philippines. She was born on January 3, 1915. She taught for 44 years and retired as head of Department of Filipino at Philippine Normal College in 1980.
Career and works
Genoveva Edroza Matute became a popular fiction writer during the American rule. Her short story "Ako'y Isang Tinig" won the attention of many readers of the time. She was a multi-awarded Palanca winner. In the 1950s she was active in writing radio plays and productions and she also continued to write prose and fiction.
Her first novel was Ang Kanilang Mga Sugat, subsequently published in 1995 by Anvil. She also wrote Mga Piling Maiikling Kuwento (Ateneo University Press);Tinig ng Damdamin, a book of essays (De La Salle University Press); and Sa Anino ng EDSA, a collection of short stories she wrote as National Fellow for Fiction from 1991-1992 (U.P. Press).
Awards and recognitions
She was awarded the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Panitikan) by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in February 1992 "for her valuable contributions in elevating the standards of the Tagalog short story and in forging a national identity through the active promotion of Filipino." On July 7, 2005 President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo conferred on her a Lifetime Achivement Award for her outstanding role in Philippine literature.