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‘Salamat, Bien’

‘Salamat, Bien’

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by PATRICK V. MIGUEL IN AN online wake, several people pointed out that one distinguished trait of Bienvenido Lumbera—his sense of humor. Behind his distinctive smile is a story worth to tell, and the jokes he told around his friends and family will be missed.  Smiling as she talked about Lumbera and their memorable times together, actress Bibeth Orteza said in the wake, “He really had a sense of humor.”  Charlson Ong, a colleague in the PH chapter of the International PEN recalled how he once shared a dingy room with Lumbera while they were in a Baguio workshop. The bathroom had a washbowl that was barely supported by a mesh wire. “I remember him as a trooper,” Ong told The Flame. “At lunch, [Lumbera] was regaling us about how he had to keep the sink from collapsing wh...
National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera dies at 89

National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera dies at 89

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by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES NATIONAL ARTIST for Literature and Faculty of Philosophy and Letters alumnus Bienvenido Lumbera, 89, passed away on Sept. 28 due to “complications of stroke.” Lumbera’s death was confirmed by his daughter Tala Lumbera through a Facebook post, while Metro Manila Film Festival spokesperson Noel Ferrer disclosed the cause of death. Lumbera finished his Bachelor of Literature in Journalism cum laude in 1957 in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, now Faculty of Arts and Letters. He also served as a literary editor of the Varsitarian in 1953. He was named National Artist for Literature in 2006.  Lumbera was also a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications in 1993, and Carlos Palanca Memorial Award fo...
Nat’l artists for literature to writers: Write for the nation

Nat’l artists for literature to writers: Write for the nation

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CREATIVE WRITING scholars and writers gathered at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) from April 20 to 22 to review the roles of literary writers in the nation and the rise of alternative platforms for the preservation and propagation of literature to younger generations. National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera said literary writers, through their works, influence their readers’ views on the realities of the society. “Depende kung ano ang wika na iyong ginagamit bilang author, mayroon kang naaabot na audience. Hindi lang [‘yung] audience kung hindi pati na ‘yung buhay ng audience na ‘yun ay naaabot sa pamamagitan ng wika,” Lumbera said during the 2017 International Conference on Education, Literatures, and Creative Writing. “Samakatuwid, kung susulat ka tungkol sa kw...