Loreto Paras Sulit Biography and Literary Works (Short Stories)

- Loreto Paras Sulit was a Filipino writer most well-known for her short stories in the English language. She was born on December 10, 1908 in Ermita, Manila. She lived her formative years in Manila. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of the Philippines. It was at the university where she started gaining attention as a serious fiction writer. In 1927, along with other student-writers like Jose Garcia Villa and Arturo Rotor, Sulit co-founded the UP Witer's Club. She finished her studies in U.P. in 1930. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.

- After graduating from UP, Sulit went to work as an English teacher at the Florentino Torres High School. Despite the demands of her teaching job, Sulit still maintained a prolific and active writing life. She joined several writing associations, most notably the Literary Guild of the Philippines and the Philippine Writers Association.

- Sulit joined the Philippine National Red Cross in June of 1946. She worked with the humanitarian organization for decades as Secretary General. She was organization's first woman Secretary General. She continued writing during her stint at the Red Cross. However, her works during this time shifted to short stories geared towards children and young adults. Many of these stories were published by the Philippine Junior Red Cross Magazine of which she was the editor.

- Sulit died on April 23, 2008 at the ripe age of 99. Had she lived 8 months more, she would have been a centenarian. Right after her death, the Philippine Congress released a "resolution recognizing the invaluable contribution of Loreto Paras Sulit to the upliftment of the Filipino people through more than forty-one years of most outstanding service in the Philippine National Red Cross.

- Sulit's contribution to Philippine literature is her serious and sophisticated short stories. She produced her most well-known works in the period between 1927 and 1937. Among her admirers is no other than the great Jose Garcia Villa. Villa often referred to her as his "idol". Villa wrote: "Nobody told me I was good. The one whom I thought was very good was Loreto. She was my idol. I never thought I was good, not in the short story. I didn't think much of me; I thought highly of Loreto."In multiple occassions, Villa included Sulit's stories in his annual honor roll of short fiction. Juan Cabreros Laya, a novelist, described Sulit as "one of the few remaining great pioneers of Philippine literature in English." "Many of her stories remain unsurpassed in this day in sensitivity and depth of feeling," he added.

Short Stories:
1. Harvest
2. The Bolo