Proverbs written by filipino authors
Philippine Proverbs by Neni Sta. Romana-CruzFlor 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. Her more recent works are the highly successful companion gift books “You Know You’re Filipino If….,” “Don’t Take a Bath on a Friday: Philippine Superstitions and Folk Beliefs,” and “Ngalang Pinoy: A Primer on Filipino Wordplay,” all published by Tahanan Books.
Sta. Romana-Cruz graduated cum laude from St. Scholastica’s College and holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University. She has also taken courses in children’s literature from Michigan State University. Neni taught writing to talented elementary school students at International School-Manila, where she headed the Children’s Media Center.
Proverbs from all Filipino speaking parts of the world. Habang may buhay, may pag-asa. Meaning: As long as there is still life, there still lies hope. Kapag may usok, may apoy. Translation and English equivalent: When there's smoke, there's fire. Meaning: "There is no effect without some cause. European proverbs: in 55 languages, with equivalents in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese.