Rey E. de la Cruz, Ed.D., started writing and directing plays when he was in high school. At 17, he won third prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature 1972, the Philippines’ most prestigious literary awards, for Kombensiyon ng mga Halimaw (Monsters’ Convention), a satire on the Philippine Constitutional Convention. He is an avid traveler, and enjoys films, plays, and books. Because his imagination was nurtured in Ballesteros, he has always been fascinated by small-town stories. He lives in Glenview, Illinois.
Tenni Magcase is a visual artist, portrait painter, and illustrator of children’s books. Her vibrant illustration in The Magic Jeepney earned her a place as a finalist in the Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations 1982, organized by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO. A resident of Morris Plains, New Jersey, she was a former president of the New York-based Society of Philippine American Artists.