Accomplished Writer-Teacher Appointed New UE Director, Authors ‘Lighter Side of Saints’ Book

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A new officer has joined the University of the East (UE) Academic Council in the person of Dr. Lina B. Diaz de Rivera, who has been appointed UE’s first ever Director for its Office of Curriculum Development and Instruction (OCDI).

As Director of the UE OCDI, Dr. Diaz de Rivera has to see to the first of the so-called trilogy of functions of the University: teaching (research and extension being the other functions). The OCDI ensures that the University keeps abreast with the latest and the best initiatives on education from the different agencies here and around the world.

A classroom teacher for over 50 years now―about 30 of them with the UP System―Dr. Diaz de Rivera is a consultant on academics for the University of Luzon in Pangasinan, a consultant for reading and language of both Alpha-Angelicum Academy and the Sts. Peter and Paul Early Childhood Centre (both based in Laguna), a literary editor for LG & M-Vibal Publishing House, and a commissioned author of Anvil Publishing.

Through Anvil, Dr. Diaz de Rivera has just released the book The Lighter Side of Saints, a slim yet engaging volume that features brief biographies of 13 saints portrayed in a humanized, down-to-earth light. The saints are even accorded relatable nicknames, with, say, St. Joseph being “The Silent Macho,” St. Francis of Assisi being “The Poor Little Rich Kid,” St. Teresa of Avila as “The (Original) OC,” St. Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila as “The Kababayan Saint” and St. Pedro Calungsod de Visayas as “The Teenage Cathecist.” The book is a light yet informative read for teens and adults alike.

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Published in the first quarter of 2013, The Lighter Side of Saints is Dr. Diaz de Rivera’s seventh and latest non-children’s book. It comes after her 2012 book The Anvil Guide for Teaching Philippine Novels in English and precedes her newest book Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach. She has also published 15 children’s books, with seven others currently undergoing press work. All of these are on top of her scores of refereed journal articles, articles for periodicals, as well as internationally and nationally read papers on literature and education.

An alumna of the Far Eastern University Institute of Education (BSE English), Singapore’s Regional Language Center (Applied Linguistics), UP College of Education (MAT Reading) and UP College of Arts and Letters (PhD in English), Dr. Diaz de Rivera is also a former Vice President for Academic Affairs of La Consolacion College Manila.

She has won a Palanca Award for her children’s story “The Gem” a Reading Advocacy Award from the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) and a Special Citation from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) for her contribution to the development of children’s literature in the country. She was recipient of a Fulbright Senior Researcher Grant at the University of Texas San Antonio, and a SEAMEO Diploma Grant in Linguistics from the Regional Language Centre (RELC) in Singapore. (end)

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