Former Philippine Undersecretary of Education ISAGANI R. CRUZ (Ph.D. English, University of Maryland ) is currently a Professor Emeritus, a University Fellow, and the Academic Publications Executive Publisher of De La Salle University, the Director of the Teachers Academy of Far Eastern University, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Santo Tomas .  He writes plays, essays, biographies, 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 and the Southeast Asian Writers (SEAWRITE) Award.  He has written or edited more than thirty books.  He has been a professor or a visiting fellow at various universities in the Philippines , the United States , Iran , Japan , Taiwan , and the United Kingdom , including the University of Oxford .  He heads the Philippine Fulbright Scholars Association, Wika ng Kultura at Agham (WIKA), Books for Philippine Schools Foundation, the Active E-Learning Technologies Foundation, and Libro Amigo Publishers.  He co-founded the Manila Critics Circle, the Philippine Association of Scholarly and Academic Publishers (PASAP) and the Philippine Journals Online project.  He is the former President of the Philippine Studies Association (PSA).  

He is a retired Senior Bibliographer of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA).  He has been decorated by the Government of France as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite and by the Ramain family as Honorary Sultan of Iligan City.  He is a Project Director of the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education (FUSE) and is the Program Director of the Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).  He is a member of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Philippines , the Technical Advisory Council of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology, and Engineering (COMSTE), Filipinas Licensing Copyright Society (FILCOLS), and Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO).  He writes for Philippine Star and BizNews Asia .