National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera presents an award at the 40th Gawad Urian Awards at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in this July 20, 2017 file photo. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Nationwide Artist Bienvenido Lumbera gifts an award on the fortieth Gawad Urian Awards on the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Heart on this July 20, 2017 record picture. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN Information

(UPDATED) Bienvenido Lumbera, a respected cultural icon and Nationwide Artist for Literature, handed on Tuesday, leaving at the back of a wealthy legacy of works within the box of inventive conversation arts. 

Lumbera’s daughter Tala advised ABSCBN Information her father died peacefully at their Quezon Town house at 9:14 a.m. because of headaches of stroke in June this yr. He was once 89. 

“Salamat sa lahat ng suporta at pagmamahal sa aming Tatay,” stated Tala relating to the outpouring of condolences and remembrances on social media and the circle of relatives’s social circle. “Masaya kami dahil din Tatay lived a protracted and entire lifestyles. Nakapagpaalam din ang halos lahat sa kanya prior to he handed on.” 

Veteran publisher Ricky Lee, certainly one of Lumbera’s closest buddies additionally, paid homage to the Nationwide Artist, a fellow detainee throughout the martial regulation duration. 

“Bien has at all times looked after me, lalo na noong nasa kulungan kami sa Ipil sa Citadel Bonifacio, at matagal akong nagkasakit,” Lee advised ABS-CBN Information. “Lima kaming magkakasamang nakulong, at magkakasama ding nakalabas after a yr. Lagi siyang andiyan to provide blurbs and introductions to my books. Laging andiyan kapag might mga booklaumch ako o birthday party. Laging andyan tuwing might kailangan ako. Ngayon ay wala na siya.” 

Lee is consoled via the considered his remaining seek advice from of Lumbera a couple of months in the past. “Bien stated he was once in a position to head,” Lee recalled their remaining dialog. 

Thought to be one of the most pillars of Filipino literature, movie, level and cultural research, Lumbera wrote and edited a number of books on literary historical past, grievance, and picture. 

Some of the awards indexed beneath his title are the 1975 Palanca Award for Literature; the 1993 Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Inventive Verbal exchange Arts; a number of Nationwide E-book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle; the 1998 Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for Drama; and the 1999 Cultural Heart of the Philippines Centennial Honors for the Arts. 

He additionally wrote librettos for musical theater, together with Philippine Tutorial Theater Affiliation (PETA) musical according to Carlos Bulosan’s “The united states Is within the Middle,” “Stories of the Manuvu,” “Rama Hari,” “Bayani,” “Noli Me Tángere” and “Hibik at Himagsik nina Victoria Laktaw.” 

Considered one of his maximum unforgettable output in musical theater was once his stirring lyrics to the tune “Magbalik Ka Na Mahal” from “Rama Hari.” 

Kuh Ledesma, who first interpreted the tune in 1980, stated it was once a novel honor for her to sing the Lumbera vintage. 

“It’s nonetheless certainly one of my favourite love songs that I recorded,” Ledesma advised ABS-CBN Information. “’Magbalik Ka Na Mahal’ is a tune that I can treasure for the remainder of my lifestyles and what makes it much more particular is that my enthusiasts proceed to like the tune to these days.” 

“He wrote many poems, many musical presentations, surely he’s an actual treasure of our nation. There shall be no Bienvenido Lumbera once more for he was once distinctive in his approach of writing. The best way that he expressed the Filipino sentiment in a tune was once in a league of his personal,” she added. 

In his submit, veteran writer-director Jose Javier Reyes stated “Magbalik Ka Na Mahal” additionally impressed him to find new heights of lyricism within the Filipino language.

“Thanks on your everlasting phrases and the greatness that you’ve given to the worth of language in literature and track,” Reyes stated . 

For “Rama Hari,” Lumbera collaborated with 3 different Nationwide Artists — manufacturing design via Salvador Bernal, track via Ryan Cayabyab and choreography via Alice Reyes.

“Sa Sariling Bayan: Apat na Dulang Would possibly Musika,” an anthology of Lumbera’s musical dramas, was once revealed in 2004. 

Lumbera additionally authored a lot of books, anthologies and textbooks corresponding to: “Revaluation”; Pedagogy”; “Philippine Literature: A Historical past and Anthology”; “Rediscovery: Essays in Philippine Lifestyles and Tradition”; “Filipinos Writing: Philippine Literature from the Areas”; and “Paano Magbasa ng Panitikang Filipino: Mga Babasahing Pangkolehiyo.”

On-line novena lots are set to be scheduled starting Tuesday following the cremation of Lumbera’s stays at Arlington, Quezon Town. 

Tala Lumbera stated their circle of relatives will anticipate authentic executive preparations for his ultimate burial on the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig Town. – Manila Information-Intelligencer