I am proud to say that I have invited my Mom, Tetchie Herrera, former Filipino journalist and multi-awarded writer. to write a regular column in Filipino Cultured website.
Tetchie made a name for herself as a feature writer in the Philippines, starting out with a weekly column on Police Stories in the Marcos magazine, Expressweek. That was in the beginning of her journalistic career, fresh from college at the University of Santo Tomas, which has produced famous Filipino writers and columnists.
She went on to become Associate Editor of the Philippine Farmers’ Journal, winning third place as Best Agricultural Writer of the Year from the prestigious Binhi Awards in the late ‘70s. Tetchie then became deskman for the news desk of prestigious Filipino writer Kerima Polotan, The Manila Evening Post, then was promoted to Supplements Editor.
Tetchie won an East-West Center grant to take post-graduate studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating with two Master’s degrees in Communications and Political Science, and a Ph. D. in Political Science. She was awarded the University of Hawaii’s Makana Awards for editing a graduate student publication while she was there. Her doctorate dissertation was about basic Christian communities in the Philippines.
She went back briefly to the Philippines to do her required years of service, first as Associate Professor in De La Salle University, and later as Associate Editor of Philippine Panorama Magazine, the Sunday magazine of Manila Bulletin. She also taught part-time at the College of Holy Spirit and Lyceum of the Philippines.
After her required service, Tetchie returned to the US to rejoin her family, and now works for the City of Los Angeles.
She has graciously agreed to use her writing talents by writing a regular column in my website on everything Filipino – from food, beliefs, practices, etc. So, let’s lay out the welcome carpet to my dearest Mom, Tetchie Herrera!