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Profs praise Nick Joaquin as “Catholic writer”, tackle role of pop culture in PH literature

Profs praise Nick Joaquin as “Catholic writer”, tackle role of pop culture in PH literature

News
UNIVERSITY EDUCATORS underscored the influence of religion in the short stories and novels of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin during the commemoration of the centennial birth year of the distinguished Filipino writer in English last Feb. 14. Charlson Ong, literature and creative writing professor at the University of the Philippines, said Joaquin’s prose and poetry such as The Legend of the Dying Wanton and The Mass of St. Sylvester were based on Spanish-era Catholic lore. “He was often described as a Catholic writer […] Joaquin minds Christian-inspired myths and legends to underscore theme on the need for a spiritual renaissance,” he said. Joaquin’s novels, poems, and short stories were written in the baroque Spanish-flavored English that explored the Philippine c...
Artlets dominate 31st Gawad Ustetika

Artlets dominate 31st Gawad Ustetika

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ARTLETS ONCE again proved that the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) is home to the University's best literary writers after bagging 17 out of 30 awards in the recently concluded 31st Gawad Ustetika. Winning big was Literature junior George Deoso who walked away with two first place awards for Poems in Praise of the Matriarch and Ang Watak-Watak na Salinlahi ni Godot: Mga Tula under the Poem and Tula categories, respectively. Deoso's One Night in the Life of Ivan Dihagiba also placed third in the Fiction category while his entry Patayin sa Sindak si Juan dela Cruz under Sanaysay category received an honorable mention citation. “I’m still out of words as of the moment because those awards came to me as a shock. It’s an extremely surreal experience, especially to me who thinks I,...
Performatura Festival 2015: Reviving and recognizing Filipino individuality

Performatura Festival 2015: Reviving and recognizing Filipino individuality

Culture
WHAT WOULD you give to learn about Philippine regional literature, witness ethnic song and dance performances, and have coffee with a national artist? Donating a book as a ticket to this kind of a three-day celebration was certainly on the bucket list. Literature and performing arts enthusiasts gathered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) at the launch of the first Performatura Festival last Nov. 6-8, 2015. Regional rescue of a cultural identity A king graced the halls of the Bulwagang Alagad ng Sining on Nov. 7, Saturday, during the Performatura Festival. However, Jaspe B. Dula did not acquire his kingship through blood or battle, nor did he rule over vast lands and kingdoms. Instead, the “King of Crissotan” earned his crown by being the most sonorous poet lau...