National Artist Cirilo Bautista, 76

News Philippines May 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

CIRILO BAUTISTA_gawadccpsining-mtlobby-2013feb27-kiko-139MANILA–National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista died early yesterday after more than a month’s confinement at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. He was 76.

Bautista was a celebrated poet, author, critic, columnist, professor of literature and Palanca Awards Hall of Famer. He spent many years teaching at De La Salle University (DLSU) where he obtained his doctorate degree and helped establish the Bienvenido Santos Creative Writing Center.

He had been rushed to hospital weeks ago due to pneumonia and complications from muscular dystrophy.

Bautista was conferred the Order of the National Artist for Literature in 2014. Among his notable works are “Summer Suns,” “Words and Battlefields,” “The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus” and the Filipino novel “Galaw ng Asoge.” His poems gained a disarming conversational tone in his later years, particularly in the collection “Things Happen,” yet retaining their internal rhyme and meter.

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