Marina Merida


Marina Gonzaga-Merida has just completed coordinating and writing Abiva’s newest series in Filipino titled Bulwagan: Kamalayan sa Gramatika at Panitikan for the junior high school. The four-book series, intended for grades 7 to 10, is replete with carefully designed lessons, exercises, and assessment activities designed to develop and check for mastery learning of grammar and language and an appreciation of the various genres of the regional and global literature in the 21st century. The integrated approach and spiral development of the K-12 competencies across the grade levels highlight the main features of the new series in Filipino.
Mrs. Merida finished her bachelor’s degree in BSEEd major in Filipino from St. Paul University-Manila and cognate in Women’s Studies in NURSIA Institute of Women’s Studies from St. Scholastica’s College-Manila. She obtained her MA in Philippine Studies major in Philippine Development from De La Salle University-Manila and MA in Special Education from St. Scholastica’s College-Manila. Currently, she is taking up her doctoral studies in Education major in Educational Management at Philippine Christian University-Manila.
Since 1991, she has been a Professor in Filipino at St. Scholastica’s College-Manila. She was also a part of the college’s Social Development Department, Theology, Women’s Studies, and has been head of the Department of Language and Literature in Filipino of the same college. Gonzaga-Merida has also published textbooks for primary education, as well as research papers that focus on topics of language, women, and growth. She has presented some of her papers here in the Philippines as well as in Kathmandu, Nepal; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Harare, Zimbabwe.
She has been an External Evaluator of the Department of Education for K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum for Filipino subject. Currently, she continues her involvement in activities that empower women, children and persons with disabilities through her teaching and research work as well through the seminars and trainings she provides in partnership with nongovernment organizations.