In 1952, the short story "The Virgin" by Filipino author Kerima Polotan Tuvera won both the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and first prize in the Philippines Free Press literary contest. It also appeared in numerous short story anthologies.
Kerima Polotan Tuvera was well-known and respected as a writer for short stories, novels, essays and a biography of Imelda Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines. She also won several Palanca Awards for other short stories. In 1961, she won the Stonehill Award for her novel "The Hand of the Enemy." In 1963, she received the Republic Cultural Heritage Award, which was then the highest governmental recognition for artists. When she died in 2011 at age 85, she was lauded her as a significant voice in Filipino literature, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.