Gemino Abad: National Artist for Literature

Gemino Abad
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Gemino Henson Abad is a literary critic from Cebu. He is also a co-founder of the Philippine Literary Arts Council. He is the author of several anthologies of poetry and essays, including Past Mountain Dreaming and Poems and Parables, both of which won the National Book Award. His historical anthologies of Philippine poetry in English are his contribution to Philippine literature, in addition to his poems and analytical writings.

Dr. Gémino H. Abad is a writer, critic, scholar, literary historian, and anthologist with numerous books and literary awards including ten poetry volumes, nine volumes of literary criticism, two volumes on his own poetics, two short story collections, a five-volume historical anthology of Philippine poetry in English, and a six-volume anthology of Philippine short stories in English, from 1956 (the year where the late Leopoldo Yabes’ anthology left off) to 2009.

Several of these books have received national literary awards such as the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi given by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation; the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his poetry; the CCP Award for Poetry; the Ani ng Dangal Award of the NCCA; the UMPIL’s Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas for lifetime achievement in poetry and literary criticism; the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Larangan ng Panitikan from the City of Maynila; the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award for poetry, for anthology, for personal anthology; and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards for the short story, essay, and poetry.

The conferment ceremony for the eight new National Artists will be held today, June 16, 2022, at 4:00 PM, at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang Palace.

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