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Rey E de la Cruz

Connection to Illinois: de la Cruz lives in Glenview.

Biography: Rey E. de la Cruz, Ed.D., started very young in theater and literature. He was a playwriting student of Ladislav Smocek (Czech Republic). At 16, he wrote his first play, Tatlong Manyika (Three Dolls), a tragic farce on Philippine class warfare, which was first staged by PETA. His children's book, Ballestreros on My Mind: My Hometown in the Philippines, is about his cherished childhood in the coastal town of Ballesteros in Cagayan, Philippines. It is also written in Tagalog, Spanish, and Ilocano.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Ballesteros on My Mind: My Hometown in the Philippines
ISBN: 0996469443 OCLC: 956503819

Carayan Press 2016

Ballesteros is a coastal town in the province of Cagayan in the Philippines. Life in the early sixties was slow but exciting for a growing child. The sea played a major part in the life of the town, being the source of bountiful food and many enchanting stories. Special occasions were marked with the town's customs and traditions. When an important building burned to the ground, the town's unity and strong determination enabled it to rise again. Rey E. de la Cruz's lively recounting of his childhood days in his hometown makes clear why Ballesteros is on his mind.