l‑r: Cecilia Brainard, Felice Sta. Maria, Isagani Cruz, Michael Gonzalez, Bienvenido Lumbera, Marily Orosa, Karina BolascoBienvenido Lumbera (1932–2021), Philippine National Artist for Literature passed away yesterday. May he rest in peace.
This is from the UST Publishing House:“Fondly known as Sir Bien to his students and colleagues, he has become one of the foundational figures in Philippine literature not only for his valuable contribution on Tagalog poetry, but also for his sharp criticism with historical grounding. As a Martial Law detainee, his firsthand experience of state violence inspired much of his social commentaries, which are now considered cornerstone works in Philippine scholarly studies. Lumbera was proclaimed National Artist for Literature in 2006.”
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