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Leonora Rita Villegas Obed

Leonora Rita Villegas Obed, Philippine writer, educator. Certified Indiana Study in 18th Century Literature Trenton State College, Ewing, 1993; New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Office Continuing Professional Education, 2008, voice curriculum level I Trenton Community Music School; Achievements include articles, novels, plays. Creative Writing fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, 2008.

Background

  • Obed, Leonora Rita Villegas was born on May 22, 1971 in Manila, Philippines. Arrived in United States, 1973. Daughter of Reynaldo Nera and Josefina Kalaw (Villegas) Obed.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in English Literature and Philosophy, St. Joseph's University, 1993. Master of Arts in English Literature, University Toronto, 1994. Postgrad. certified in 18th Century Literature with honors, College of New Jersey, Trenton, 1993.

      Postgrad. in English Literature, University Edinburgh. Student, Walnut St. Theatre School, Philadelphia.

    Career

    • Teacher seminar M courses University Toronto, Canada, 1994—1995. Private tutor, 1996; teacher, Religious Education (Grade 7-8) Our Lady Good Counsel Church, lector, since 2005. Election official New Jersey Board Elections, Trenton, clerk.

      Assistant editor Newsletter Thornton Wilder Society. Mentor Native American Children Futers for Children. Speaker, presenter in field.

      Reader various radio broadcasts, 2006, library for Blind and Handicapped, 2006.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Indiana Study in 18th Century Literature Trenton State College, Ewing, 1993. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Office Continuing Professional Education, 2008, voice curriculum level I Trenton Community Music School. Achievements include articles, novels, plays.

    Works

    • Author: (short stories) The Apprehension of Magic Realism: The Short Story in the Philippines, University Iowa, 1996, The Invention of Candles, 2001, I Won't Send Roses, 2001, (plays) Epitome, 2003, Supporter: The Robert Burns Birth Place Museum, Scotland, Supporter: Blue Mountain Arts Festival, Supporter: The Giving Tree, Diocese of Trentor Our Lady of God. Contributor scientific papers, articles to professional journals. Performer: (public reading) Werewolf of West Trenton, 2007.

      Exhibition and auction, Flemington Rocks, 2006, art exhibition, 2007, doll exhibition, International and Collectors' Dolls and Toys: Enchantment for Overscheduled, Ewing Library., New Jersey, 2007, one-woman shows include Poets and Play Wrights for Pen-Persons, 2009, Center Pennington New Jersey, 2009, exhibitions include "Poets, Playwrights and Other Per-People"- Straube Center, Pennington, New Jersey. Author: (supporter) Anti Bullying Campaign Trentor, New Jersey.

    Membership

    Vol. Jane Ausen Society North American Annual General Meeting, Philadelphia, 2009. Religious education teacher Our Lady Good Counsel Church, Trenton, New Jersey, since 2007. Volunteer, donor Blue Mountain Festival Music, Trinity Cathedral, 2009.

    Supporter Ujmid Women's Center, Ewing. Member of Bronte Society Haworth (England), Stuttering Foundation, National Trust Scotland, Edinburgh, Lakota Wolf Reserve, Columbia, New Jersey, Wolf Park, Battlefield Grounds, Indiana, Wolf Hollow, Ipswich, Master of Arts, Culloden Battlefield Memorial Project, Scotland, Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington, DC (charter and founding member), National Women's Museum, Wolf Hollow, Ipswich, Oxford Society, New York City, St. Joseph's University Reunion Committee, University Toronto Alumni, New York City, Friends of Ewing Library., Jane Austen Society North America, Princeton, New York City, Philadelphia, Gerard Manley Hopkins Society, Monasterevan, Ireland, Yeats Society, Sligo, Ireland, Modern Language Association, Jane Austin Society Easton Pennsylvania, Hopkins Society, Yeats Society, New York City, Oscar Wilde Society(London), Lee Middleton Doll Collector's Club.

    Personality

    Interests

    Piano, dance, stamp collecting/philately, horseback riding, wine tasting.

    Connections

    • father: Reynaldo Nera Obed
    • mother: Josefina Kalaw (Villegas) Obed
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    Born March 22, 1971
    (age 45)
    Nationality
    • 1993
      St. Joseph's University
    • 1994
      University Toronto
    • 1993
      College of New Jersey
    • 1994 - 1995
      Teacher, seminar M courses University Toronto
      Canada
    • 1996
      private tutor
    • 2005
      teacher, Church
    • 2005
      Religious Education (Grade 7-8) Our Lady Good Counsel, Church
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