Born: Manila ; October 26, 1923. Fictionist, teacher. Her parents are Dr. Gervacio Cuyugan, a surgeon, and Jacinta Santos, a nurse. She is married to Corban Kabiling Abalado, a lawyer. They have five children. She finished primary schooling at the Lucena Elementary School and secondary schooling at the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), 1939. She earned her bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in education from the PWU, 1950; and master’s degree in education, with distinction, from the same university, 1956. She obtained a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut, USA; and took a piano teacher’s music course from the Holy Ghost College in Manila, 1943. Alabado taught at the PWU, where she also served as administrative officer, and at the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Education. She served as coordinator for the National Economic Council of the University of the Philippines, US Assistance for International Development (USAID) library research project, 1968-1970, and consultant for Nutrition Center’s Aklat Adarna writing workshop which later put out the children’s book series, Bulilit (Kid). She has attended various international conferences on juvenile literature.
Alabado founded the Children’s Literature Association of the Philippines and Pamana Inc, both aimed at developing children’s literature; and the Filipino Library, the first to publish Filipino picture books for children. Her other organizational affiliations are the Children’s Museum and Library Inc, Association for Childhood Education International, Education Forum, and Philippine Librarians Association.
Alabado’s published books of juvenile literature, including those for preschoolers and teenagers, are The Little Lizard and Other Stories, The Big Lonely House and Other Stories, Tupo and the Blow Pipe and Other Stories, What is Christmas?, Possession, The Terrible Devil, Tasaday, The Rattan Gatherer, What is Red?, What is Blue?, What is Yellow?, Dog, What Do You Say?, Asog, I See Red in a Circle, and Batang RP (RP Child). She also wrote Writing for Children in the Philippines and in the Third World. Alabado has been anthologized in numerous publications in the United States. She was editor of Kosmik, a science magazine for children. She wrote the novel Kangkong 1986, and has also written for television, radio, and the movies.
Alabado received the PWU Jubilee Award, the Catholic Mass MediaAwards, and the Philippine Board of Books for Young People (PBBY) General Achievement Award.