National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista will launch his new poetry collection, “Things Happens” (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House) on March 12, 4:30 p.m, at the Verdure, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila.
Program will consist of tributes to Bautista, poetry reading and conversation. Bautista, DLSU professor emeritus and University Fellow, will be honored by DLSU with the launching of the Cirilo F. Bautista Program for the Literary Arts.
Poets Gemino Abad, Alice Sun Cua, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Marjorie Evasco, Dinah Roma and Alfred Yuson will read selections from “Things Happen.”
Later there will Bautista will be interviewed by Inquirer Arts and Books editor Lito B. Zulueta.
Bautista’s numerous writings include the epic masterpiece “The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus” (2001), poetry collection “Believe and Betray” (2006), novel in Tagalog “Galaw ng Asoge” (2004), and “The House of True Desire: Essays about Life and Literature” (2011).
He has won awards and prizes such as the Philippine Centennial Prize for Epic Poetry, Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Awards, Don Carlos Palanca Hall of Fame Award, Gawad Jose Corazon de Jesus, Diwa ng Lahi-Gawad Antonio Villegas at Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan, Gawad Balagtas by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, Taboan Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He wrote a weekly column, “Breaking Signs,” for the Philippine Panorama for 12 years.
This event is organized by the DLSU Department of Literature and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC), and supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academics, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Society of Fellows. The booklaunch is in collaboration with the UST Publishing House.
Lovers of literature are welcome to the event.
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