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Explaining her admiration for writing fiction of a few hundred words or less, De Jesus said, “The form is very Pinoy – the matter-of-factness that we make “kuwento” – short and punchy with a takeaway.Then she got married, had a daughter and a son, and moved three times – from the Philippines to the U. To help support her growing family, De Jesus got a job in advertising and contributed to women’s magazines, putting her book into hibernation.Notwithstanding the challenges of being a wife, mother and working woman, she has managed to balance her creativity with multiple demands on her time.He served as Secretary of Education under President Gloria Arroyo until he resigned from his post. Family tradition De Jesus, who started writing at an early age, is now carrying on a cherished family tradition within her own family.
Her husband, who was a college paper editor, has published poetry in Singapore and is fully supportive of his wife’s burgeoning writing career.Among the stories De Jesus read at the Main Library were the title story, “Blood,” which garnered a Palanca Award in 1995, and “Passport,” which was recently translated into French for the fourth edition of , a literary journal.