Professor Felicidad P. Galang-Pereña, EdD, finished her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Philippines, in 1978, magna cum laude. She worked for almost a decade as Corporate Communications Editor at the Land Bank of the Philippines, a government financing institution.
After her early retirement in 1988, she set up her own preschool in her family’s place of residence in Parañaque, which served the children of the community for eight years. She took up a Diplomate in Early Childhood Education from the College of Family Life and Child Development of the University of the Philippines (UP), while administering St. Philomena’s Garden. She was conferred a scholarship in Early Childhood Education by the Israel MASHAV Center for International Cooperation, Golda Meir Mt. Carmel Institute, Haifa in November 2000.
She also pursued a Masters in Special Education from the Philippine Normal University (PNU), completing her Masters in Literature from the UST Graduate School in 2004. At present, she facilitates both Literature and Journalism classes in her alma mater, but has never forsaken her other passion—writing, as she contributes to the Entertainment Section of Philippine Star, a major broadsheet daily newspaper, on a regular basis. She edits journals, news magazines, and books, and translates manuscripts from English to Filipino and vice versa. Her study on “Focus Group Research: Assessing Potentials for Collaborative Research” was included in the book New Literacies: Reconstructing Language and Education (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
Felicidad is the editor of a series of books on professional courses for Teacher Education, published by Adriana Publishing Company. She is a consultant for the Cultural and Tourism Division under the office of the Vice-Mayor of the Quezon City government, where she undertook the translation of panels for the Pres. Manuel L. Quezon Heritage House and the Quezon City Museum and edited the book on heritage churches, Facets of Faith.
She finished her Doctor of Education in Curriculum Development and Instruction at the UST Graduate School in 2014, summa cum laude. Her Dissertation-by-Article, titled “A Qualitative Inquiry into the Pedagogical Postures, Synectics, Written Memories and Sense-making among a Select Group of Liberal Arts College Faculty and Alumni” was accorded the highest mark of Meritissumus by a distinguished panel of examiners. Dr Allan B. de Guzman, Metro Bank awardee and current Dean of the UST College of Education, was her dissertation adviser.
Other research she has presented in international fora include “Methods Literature Review on Focus Group Research” (LITCON/ILLC 2011); “History in Literary Journalism, the Reportages of Nick Joaquin” (IAHA 2012); “Pageant and Penitence: Dissection of Ritual and Religion in the writings of Philippine National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin” (SSEASR 2017); and “Jose Rizal, Pride of the Malay Race, Reified in Philippine Performing Arts” (4th International Conference of the International Council for Historical and Cultural Cooperation-SEA 2017).
An inveterate traveler, she has journeyed with her family to several countries in the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.