Dr. Cruz Turns over Personal Collection to DLSU

On December 18, 2014, Dr. Isagani R. Cruz formally turned over his collection to the De La Salle University in a ceremony held at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall (HSSH).

The Collection is the latest addition to the special collections of the DLSU Libraries. Housed on the 13th floor of the HSSH, it comprises of valued materials in different formats such as books, serials, audio visual materials, and memorabilia pertinent to the work of the essayist, playwright, critic, and educator. Highlighting the collection are serials and articles that the donor has written for various periodicals; books he has authored/co-authored, edited/co-edited, and contributed to, that are mostly published outside of the Philippines and focusing on the field of American literature. Other notable materials in the collection are manuscripts, oral history that he produced including his state interviews with the lectures of prominent writers such as Virgilio AlmarioBuenaventura Medina, Cesar Hidalgo among others and memorabilia such as medals, certificates, plaques, and trophies he received in recognition of his excellence and endeavours.

The donor is a brilliant writer and educator. He was former Philippine Undersecretary for Education and currently a Governor of the National Book Development Board. He is Professor Emeritus and University Fellow of De La Salle University in Manila. He has been a professor, a visiting fellow, or a lecturer at various universities in the Philippines, the United States, Iran, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, including the University of Oxford. He has given lectures or read papers in Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. He writes plays, essays, biographies, corporate histories, and short stories in Filipino and English, for which he has won numerous national and international awards, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature Hall of Fame, the Southeast Asian Writers (SEAWRITE) Award, Chevalier DansL'Ordre National du Merite, Gawad Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan, and the 2010 Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL).

The deed of donation was signed by Dr. Cruz and his wife, Medy and Br. Dennis M. Magbanua FSC, OIC President and Chancellor, who represented the university.