FILIPINO poet Francisco Balagtas was honored during the opening of the National Literature Month held at Hardin ni Balagtas in Orion, Bataan, last April 2. Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF)
“DAHLING, give me a beer.” Filmmaker Sari Dalena, director and co-scriptwriter of “Dahling Nick,” clearly remembers those immortal words of the late National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin. In
CIRILO F. Bautista is, at heart, a romantic. Asked by broadcast celebrity Lourd Ernest de Veyra the most beautiful thing he had ever seen in his life, eminent poet Bautista
There are occasions, very few, that turn out to be large and significant, when someone enters your life. That he is special and rare you only realize gradually, as he enriches you in so many ways, a quiet, abiding influence. As friendship grows into brotherhood and more, as you talk of little and big things. Over a breakfast of bangus, or buffet in Padre Faura, including a roast pig, during gatherings at his home in Quezon City, we talked of family, passing events, the ways of politicians, the destiny of our growing nations, and much else. Every time you meet, and after he has left, the conversations continue.
There has never been anything like Nick Joaquin’s voice—literally. Whenever friends recall the late National Artist for Literature’s words, they launch into an impersonation that’s so spot-on it verges on the uncanny. “Darling (pronounced daah-ling),” they would say, breaking into a growl that’s sweet and improbably loud. It sounds like Joaquin is speaking through that person. It’s a voice that thunders through the years. It echoes through distinct points in our history. That voice—explosive, garrulous, unforgettable—made Nick Joaquin immortal.