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‘Salamat, Bien’

‘Salamat, Bien’

Features
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

News
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...
Lit prof emphasizes role of arts during pandemic

Lit prof emphasizes role of arts during pandemic

News
by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES THE WORKS of Jose V. Blanco depicts the resiliency and faith of Filipinos at times of crisis through the cultural and historical milieu of the Philippines—which serves to inspire people to remain resilient amid a global pandemic, a Thomasian professor said during a presentation at the 14th De La Salle (DLSU) Arts Congress. Literature professor Felicidad Galang-Pereña presented her paper titled “Faith and Fiesta: Revisiting Jose V. Blanco’s Genre Paintings in the Time of Pandemic”  which aims to revisit the artworks of Blanco to emphasize the role of visual arts during a pandemic. “Blanco imbued his paintings with the dual elements of faith and fiesta,” Galang-Pereña said, which serves to connect Filipinos to their roots and remind them of their religious...
History, LegMa score first game wins in AB basketball league

History, LegMa score first game wins in AB basketball league

News
THE TEAMS of History and Legal Management (LegMa) grabbed their first triumphs against Sociology and Journalism, respectively, in the season opener of this year’s Athena Cup basketball tournament held Feb. 14. History got the better of Sociology, last year’s Athena Cup: Basketball first runner-up, in a tense overtime period, 42-38. Sociology and History immediately went head to head in the first quarter with a parade of rebounds from the players, 17-16, in favor of the men in green. Both teams recorded less than 10 points in the second and third quarters but Sociology continued to dominate the hard court, 26-22 and 32-28, respectively. The jump shot of History’s Miles Reyes allowed a 36-36 knot in the fourth quarter that led to a thrilling three-minute overtime. The comb...
Island Hopping

Island Hopping

Literary
Three specks of mossy green behind her, she wonders, both legs dangling off the edge of the running motorboat, What would happen if islands could have memories like humans do? Would the first island remember the way its seaweeds twice her arm length tickled her cheeks and ears as she dove in deeper to get closer to a school of grey fish each the size of her fist? Would the second island remember her palms delving through the coarse earth for sand dollars of various colors— from ivory to graphite-grey— that she planned to take to the city? Would the third island remember the shifting of her legs and the wiggling of her toes as she buried them under the white sand almost as fine as baby powder? Yet if islands were to have memories like humans do, they would...
Design Week Philippines 2016: A celebration of creativity in the walled city

Design Week Philippines 2016: A celebration of creativity in the walled city

Culture
LOST IN the beat of quality indie music, and entranced by gripping spoken word performances, the crowd sat in a cozy huddle and tuned in to various stories of life told through a one-of-a-kind fusion of music and poetry. Ex Vivo: From Beginning to End brought together some of the country’s most popular spoken word poetry groups: Ilustrados, White Wall Poetry, and Lakambini Poetry. Vibrant local bands such as Oswald Sleeps Tonight, Kissling, and Caffeine and Taurine also filled Intramuros with good music. The Spoken Word Poetry and Independent Music Festival held last April 16 at Maestranza Plaza, Intramuros, Manila, was part of Design Week Philippines, an annual celebration of design and creativity organized by Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). “[S...