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National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose dies at 97

National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose dies at 97

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by DAWN DANIELLE SOLANO National Artist for Literature and one of the most celebrated novelists in the Philippines, F. Sionil Jose, died on Thursday evening at the age of 97. Jose was declared dead at 9:30 pm at the Makati Medical Center, the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), a literary group he founded, announced on Facebook. He died in his sleep and was supposed to undergo angioplasty on Friday, Jan. 7, according to his wife Tessie Jovellana Jose. “It is with sadness that I announce the death of Manong Frankie Sionil Jose,” University of Santo Tomas (UST) journalism professor Lito Zulueta also confirmed his death through a Twitter post. Jose’s works had always been focused on social justice for the plight of underprivile...
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...