Cirilo F Bautista

Cirilo F Bautista is Philippine National Artist for Literature. He is Professor Emeritus and University Fellow at the De La Salle University, Manila. His works include Things Happen (poetry, 2014), Believe and Betray (poetry, 2006), The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus (epic poetry, 2001), Galaw ng Asoge (novel, 2004), The House of True Desire: Essays about Life and Literature (2011), among many others. His awards and honours include: Philippine Centennial Prize for Epic Poetry, Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Awards, Don Carlos Palanca Hall of Fame Award Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL or the Writers Union of the Philippines), Taboan Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. His fellowships include those at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa (1968-1969) and the Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary Literature in Trinity College, Cambridge University, England (1987).


My mother smoked a cigarette with the lighted end inside her mouth. I would watch her as she sat on a stool doing the day’s wash. She blew a constant stream of smoke from the left side of her lips, …

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