(b. 1932,Manila, Philippines)
Gilda Cordero-Fernando is a multi-awarded writer, publisher, and cultural icon. She was born in Manila, has a B.A. from St. Theresa’s College Manila, and an M.A. from the Ateneo de Manila University.
She started off as a writer and was awarded the Palanca Award for Literature several times. She has also written and illustrated children’s books.Her short stories are collected in The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker (1962), and A Wilderness of Sweets (1973).
She has had a very rich life as a publisher. In 1978 she launched GCF Books, which published landmark books on Philippine cultural history: Streets of Manila (1977), Turn of the Century (1978), Philippine Ancestral Houses (1980), Being Filipino (1981), The History of the Burgis (1987), Folk Architecture (1989), and The Soul Book (1991).
Cordero-Fernando has also worn numerous other hats as a visual artist, fashion designer, playwright, art curator, and producer. In February 2000, she produced Luna: An Aswang Romance. In 2001, she produced Pinoy Pop Culture, the book and the show, for Bench.
In 1994, she received a Gawad CCP Award for her lifetime achievements in literature and publishing.