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DAVE DELA CRUZ
He holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Religious Education degree from Santa Catalina College, Manila (with Missio Canonica) and Certificate of Competency in Pastoral Liturgy from Bl. Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Bukidnon. His book, MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD: A CATECHESIS ON THE VENERATION OF THE SAINTS AND THEIR RELICS, was named Best Book in Liturgy in the 2013 Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
MICHAEL P. DELOS REYES
Author of the book on Philippine Holy Week processions, PRUSISYON: PAGHAHANDA AT PAGDIRIWANG which won as Best Book in Theology and Liturgy in the 2007 Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards. In 2015, the sequel to his first book, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER PROCESSIONS: A LITURGICO-PASTORAL GUIDE was released. SALVE REGINA: ON CROWNING IMAGES OF THE VIRGIN MARY, which tackles the pious practice of pontifical and episcopal coronations of images of the Blessed Mother was a Finalist in the Liturgy Category of the 10th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards. His latest book, MORENA GRACIOSA
THE DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN OF ANTIPOLO THROUGH THE CENTURIES, won the Best Book in Liturgy in the 11th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
FR. DIARMUID O’MURCHU, MSC
A social psychologist and a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, Fr. O’Murchu is the author of a number of pioneering books that include QUANTUM THEOLOGY, RECLAIMING SPIRITUALITY, EVOLUTIONARY FAITH, THE TRANSFORMATION OF DESIRE, ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY, IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE SPIRIT, CHRISTIANITY’S DANGEROUS MEMORY, INCLUSIVITY, THE MEANING AND PRACTICE OF FAITH and GOD IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and lives in London.
DR. MICHAEL DEMETRIUS H. ASIS
He is a Professor and current chair of the Ateneo de Manila Theology Department. He lectures nationwide on marital spirituality, liturgical theology, religious education, and contemporary Church issues. He is likewise a regular resource person for current Church affairs for CNN Philippines, ANC, DZMM, TV5 radio and GMA7. His books, REIMAGINING THE SACRED and THE FILIPINO CHURCH AT THE CROSSROADS were Finalists in the Theology Category of the 2013 and 2017 Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards, respectively.
EARNEST L. TAN
Earnest is a licensed guidance counselor of the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) who designs and conducts workshop-seminars geared toward growth and wellness. He designs training that meets the specific needs of clients. He has shared his expertise around the Philippines and in other countries such as Malaysia, Brunei, Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand. Earnest is a regular lecturer and resource person for the following institutions: East Asian Pastoral Institute, Asian Religious Formation Institute, Asian Social Institute, the Medical Education Unit of the University of the Philippines and Philippine General Hospital. He is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, A.B. major in Psychology and a Masteral candidate in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling. He is a licensed counselor of the PRC.
FR. NORLAN JULIA, SJ
Fr. Norlan is the rector of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, where he also teaches Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology. He holds a doctoral degree in Theology from Heythrop College, University of London. While studying in London, he ministered to migrant Filipino communities in the United Kingdom. His book, MAN OF THE WORD: RAHNER AND ASIAN PRIESTHOOD was a Finalist in the Theology Category of the 11th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
FR. WILFREDO M. SAMSON, SJ
Fr. Willy is a Jesuit priest and presently the Assistant to the President for Formation in the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. He was ordained in 2003, was assigned in prison ministry and worked in New Bilibid Prison and Correctional Institute for Women from 2003 to 2008. He is a columnist in CBCP New Website - Pitik-Bulag. His book, DETOX: PITIK-BULAG MEDITATION, A THIRTY DAY SPIRITUAL DETOXIFICATION won as Best Book in the Inspirational Category of the 10th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
FR. SEBASTIAN D’AMBRA, PIME
He is the founder of Silsilah Dialogue Movement and the President of Silsilah. He was also a recipient of the 2010 "Bukas Palad" Award from the Ateneo of Manila University for his work on behalf of inter-religious dialogue through the Silsilah Movement centered in Zamboanga on the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.
MSGR. FERNANDO G. GUTIERREZ
He belongs to the Diocese of Malolos and retired as Supervisory Chaplain (2001-2010) from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. He earned a Master’s (MRE), and a Doctorate in Ministry (D. Min.) at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and holds a California Community College Credential in Philosophy and Religion. His book, TEARS IN A BOTTLE, was a Finalist in the Inspirational Category of the 12th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards
EMMANUEL “MANNY” BAUTISTA
He completed his theological studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He was the Vocations Executive Officer of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, New South Wales, Australia and the Vocations Promoter of the Scalabrinian Congregation, Province of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, in Australia.
BR. JESS N. MATIAS, OFS
Br. Jess is a professed brother of the Secular Franciscan Order. He currently serves as the Minister of the St. Pio of Peitrelcina Fraternity at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Mandaluyong City, as the coordinator of the Padre Pio Prayer Groups of the Capuchins in the Philippines, and as a prison counselor and catechist for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. His book, THIRTY DAYS WITH LOLO KIKO was named Best Book in Spirituality in the 10th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
DR. JOSE MARIO B. MAXIMIANO
His book POPE FRANCIS, THE CATHOLIC BISHOP, AND THE PRIEST was named the Best Book in Theology by the Cardinal Sin Catholic Books Awards and recognized by the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2015. He also authored THE BEGINNING AND THE END and THE CHURCH CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH, a Finalist in the Theology category of the 12th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
MEANNE M. MIJARES
She finished undergraduate dual degrees in Bachelor in Secondary Education (major in English) and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (major in Broadcast Communication) from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. She is a professional wedding and events planner and owns Milestones & Moments Weddings and Special Events Management.
FR. AMADO L. PICARDAL, CSsR
Fr. Picx is a Redemptorist priest from Iligan City, ordained in 1986 after finishing his theological studies at the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary in Davao City. His engagement in the formation of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) started in 1975 during his immersion among the poor and training in community organizing in a slums area after finishing AB Philosophy at the University of San Carlos, Cebu. His books, JOURNEYING TOWARDS A NEW WAY OF BEING CHURCH and THE PRIESTHOOD IN A CHURCH RENEWED, were both Finalists in the Ministry Category of the 11th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.
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