Gilda Cordero-Fernando wrote short fiction in her “early housewife” years, from 1952-1970, then put it behind her to go into non-fiction and publishing. Her stories have won in Free Press and Palanca. Some are taken up in college English classes and are widely anthologized.

In the publishing field, Ms. Fernando’s GCF BOOKS has trailblazed with big illustrated Filipiniana volumes such as Turn of the Century, Culinary Culture of the Philippines and History of the Burgis. She was the Patnubay ng Sining Awardee for literature in the 1993 Araw ng Maynila, and the CCP’s Gawad awardee for literature and publishing in 1994.