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    Groucho Marx might have been joking when he quipped: "behind every great man is a woman." A better quip goes: "behind every great man is an astonished mother-in-law (who is sure he would not have amounted to anything without her daughter)." Fortunately, we live in an age when more and more women are admired not just for the invaluable support they have given to notable men, husbands or sons, but especially for achievements that have shown that they are equal to men in the exercise of leadership in the powerful spheres of government, business, industry, and religion. In this first quarter issue of Bookwatch, we look at some of the Filipina achievers in the book industry. The National Book Development Board took part in the celebration of National Women's Month and put together an exhibit of some Women Champions of book development, viz. Karina A. Bolasco, Queena Lee-Chua, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, Alegria Sibal-Limjoco, Ester B. Ogena, Ester M. Pacheco, and Socorro Cancio Ramos. The book industry is fortunate because three of these women (Queena, Jing Hidalgo, and Bing Limjoco) are current members of the Governing Board of NBDB. We need more Filipinas who exercise leadership not only in the production and distribution of good books at affordable prices in every region of our country but also in the formation of a mass of critical readers and book lovers especially among our youth. Great leadership of women and men in the development of both books and readers ensures that we shall have many young book lovers like the cover girl of this issue, Angel C. Montilla, who is not only an Economics major and honors graduate of UP-Diliman but also a part-time model. We invite you to read Bookwatch and to share it with your family, friends, and co-workers. Let us help each other build a nation of critical readers and become a people of the good books, a people of great works.

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