FEATURED AUTHOR: Luis P. Gatmaitan


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Luis P. Gatmaitan, M.D., also known as Tito Dok is a Filipino medical doctor and an award winning children’s literature author. He is also a medical columnist and radio host. Most of his work is in the genre of children’s literature, for which he has garnered many awards, including the Catholic Mass Media Awards. He is most recognized for his Mga Kwento ni Tito Dok , a children’s book series on health and hygiene, and Sandosenang Sapatos, a Palanca-Award-winning short story.

Tito Dok Gatmaitan has authored and published more than 30 storybooks for children which tackle relevant issues of which pertain to children’s health and how they cope with it such as disability, senility, coping with death, coping with cancer, childhood diseases, and children’s rights. “Mga Kuwento ni Tito Dok” was cited by the Manila Critics Circle “for its popularization of the science of medicine in language and illustrations that young children can understand…”

Inducted into the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2005, he has also been a recipient of the Catholic Mass Media Awards and the PBBY-Salanga Writers Prize. His children’s book Sandosenang Sapatos , now listed in the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) catalogue and was named the 2005 Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities. He has also been cited as one of HealthToday Philippines Magazine’s Ten Pillars of the Philippine Health Care Industry, 2003 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines for his contribution in the field of Literature, and as finalist in the 2004 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) search. Published by several local publishing houses and international agencies like the UNICEF and WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL, Gatmaitan has also chaired the PBBY and Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING).

He is heard over 702 DZAS in his award-winning programs “Doctors On Line” every Monday morning as a medical consultant and a children’s storytelling program “Wan Dey Isang Araw” as a host every Saturday morning.

Sources: http://en.wikipilipinas.org , http://panitikan.com.ph/authors/g/lgatmaitan.htm


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