Flor Marie Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz is an award-winning writer, an accomplished educator, a noted children’s book critic, a reading advocate and freelance journalist. Prior to her appointment to the NBDB, Sta. Romana-Cruz chaired the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and was likewise a board member of the “Sa Aklat Sisikat” Foundation, an organization which promotes book reading and lifelong learning. Some of the award-winning books she authored were the following: “Why the Piña has a Hundred Eyes and Other Classic Philippine Folk Tales About Fruits” which won the 1993 National Book Award for Children’s Literature and a biography of Gabriela Silang which received a National Book Award citation for excellence in 1992.