National Artist Cirilo Bautista to launch new book



National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista will launch his new poetry collection “Things Happens” (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House) on March 12, 2015, Thursday, 4:30 PM. This will be held at the Verdure, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University (DLSU), Taft Avenue, Manila.

The event’s programme will also consist of a tribute for Bautista, poetry reading, and conversation. Bautista, DLSU Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, will be honored by the University 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.” The culminating segment of the programme will be a dialogue between Bautista and Inquirer’s Arts and Books Editor Lito B. Zulueta, who serves as the host.

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), among others. 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 (UMPIL), Taboan Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He also 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 President, 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 book launch is in collaboration with the UST Publishing House.

Lovers of literature are welcome to the event. For inquiries, please contact DLSU Literature (632) 5244611 local 541 or BNSCWC local 233 / email

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