Tributes pour in for late National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera


Posted at Sep 28 2021 01:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2021 03:18 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) -- Tributes continue to pour in for Bienvenido Lumbera on social media following news of his passing on Tuesday at the age of 89.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is set to hold an online novena for the late National Artist for Literature on October 6, according to vice president and artistic director Chris Millado, who took to Facebook to extend his sympathies to Lumbera's family and loved ones. 

Millado added that the schedule for the necrological service for Lumbera will be announced soon after consulting with the writer's family. 


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) looked back on Lumbera's contributions to literature, as well as some of his best works. 

"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," NCCA said.

"As a librettist for the 'Tales of the Manuvu' and 'Rama Hari,' he pioneered the creative fusion of fine arts and popular imagination," it added.


The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts of the University of the Philippines (UP) also mourned the death of Lumbera, saying he was "an inspiration and mentor to many Filipino writers."


UP's Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, on the other hand, referred to him as a "pambansang alagad ng sining sa panitikan."


The Ateneo de Naga University Press said it is "forever grateful for all his creative and critical writings that have inspired institutions and initiatives."


"Dekada '70" author Lualhati Bautista also expressed sadness over Lumbera's death, saying her fellow writer was one of the people she loved the most.


Singer and actress Celeste Legaspi, for her part, described the late National Artist as "gentle and gracious," and "always generous with his talent and wisdom."


Meanwhile, ABS-CBN's virtual venue KTX also shared an art card to pay tribute to Lumbera, thanking him for his contributions to the country.


Lumbera died peacefully at his Quezon City home at 9:14 a.m. on Tuesday due to complications of stroke in June this year, according to his daughter Tala. 

Online novena masses are set to be scheduled beginning Tuesday following the cremation of Lumbera's remains at Arlington, Quezon City.