Today. April 11, 2023, is the 91st birth anniversary of Bienvenido L. Lumbera, National Artist for Literature (1932).
Bienvenido L. Lumbera was a poet, librettist, and scholar As a poet, he introduced to Tagalog literature what is now known as Bagay poetry, a landmark aesthetic tendency that has helped to change the vernacular poetic tradition. He is the author of the following works: ‘Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa’ (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 creative fusion of fine arts and popular imagination. As a scholar, his major books include the following: Tagalog Poetry, 1570-1898: Tradition and Influences in its Development; Philippine Literature: A History and Anthology, Revaluation: Essays on Philippine Literature, Writing the Nation/Pag-akda ng Bansa.
Read more: https://ncca.gov.ph/about-culture-and-arts/culture-profile/national-artists-of-the-philippines/bienvenido-lumbera/
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