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Bienvenido LumberaNational Artist for Literature (2006)Bienvenido Lumbera, is a poet, librettist, and scholar.*As a poet, he introduced to Tagalog literature what is now known as Bagay poetry, alandmark aesthetic tendency that has helped to change the vernacular poetic tradition.He is the author of the following works: Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa (poems in Filipinoand English), 1993; Balaybay, Mga Tulang Lunot at Manibalang, 2002; Sa Sariling Bayan,Apat na Dulang May Musika, 2004; “Agunyas sa Hacienda Luisita,” Pakikiramay, 2004.As a librettist for the Tales of the Manuvu and Rama Hari, he pioneered the creativefusion of fine arts and popular imagination. As a scholar, his major books include thefollowing: Tagalog Poetry, 1570-1898: Tradition and Influences in its Development;Philippine Literature: A History and Anthology, Revaluation: Essays on PhilippineLiterature, Writing the Nation/Pag-akda ng Bansa.
National Artist for Literature (2014)(July 9, 1941 – May 6, 2018)Cirilo F. Bautista is a poet, fictionist and essayist with exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the development ofthe country’s literary arts. He is acknowledged by peers and critics, and the nation at large as the foremost writer of his generation.Throughout his career that spanned more than four decades, he established a reputation for fine and profound artistry; his books,lectures, poetry readings and creative writing workshops continue to influence his peers and generations of young writers.As a way of bringing poetry and fiction closer to the people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to develop their creativetalent, Bautista held funded and unfunded workshops throughout the country. In his campus lecture circuits, Bautista updatedstudents and student-writers on literary developments and techniques.As a teacher of literature, Bautista realized that the classroom is an important training ground for Filipino writers. In De La SalleUniversity, he was instrumental in the formation of the Bienvenido Santos Creative Writing Center. He was also the moving spiritbehind the founding of the Philippine Literary Arts Council in 1981, the Iligan National Writers Workshop in 1993, and the BaguioWriters Group.Thus, Bautista contributed to the development of Philippine literature: as a writer, through his significant body of works; as ateacher, through his discovery and encouragement of young writers in workshops and lectures; and as a critic, through his essaysthat provided insights into the craft of writing and correctives to misconceptions about art.Major works: Summer Suns (1963), Words and Battlefields (1998), The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus (2001), Galaw ng Asoge (2003).
LAZARO FRANCISCONational Artist for Literature (2009)(February 22, 1898 – June 17, 1980)Prize-winning writer Lazaro A. Francisco developed the social realist tradition inPhilippine fiction. His eleven novels, now acknowledged classics of Philippineliterature, embodies the author’s commitment to nationalism. Amadis Ma. Guerrerowrote, “Francisco championed the cause of the common man, specifically theoppressed peasants. His novels exposed the evils of the tenancy system, theexploitation of farmers by unscrupulous landlords, and foreign domination.” TeodoroValencia also observed, “His pen dignifies the Filipino and accents all the positivesabout the Filipino way of life. His writings have contributed much to the formation of

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