[News Archive] Landicho honored on retirement from UP

Manila Bulletin
August 21, 2004, 8:00am

Domingo G. Landicho, who will retire as a full-time professor of the University of the Philippines this year, will be honored by the Department of Filipino & Philippine Literature of the College of Arts & Letters this month by colleagues in the academe, in the media and by writers and scholars starting this August till the end of the year.

Radio Balintataw, hosted by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez of DZRH, will sponsor a month-long Landicho Festival, featuring the reading of Landicho’s poems, and a radio dramatization on Andres Bonifacio and Dupluhang Bayan which was staged by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) during the Martial Law regime.

The U.P. Institute of Creative Writing (U.P. ICW) and the Department of Filipino will jointly sponsor Premyo Landicho in the Landichohan sa Modernong Duplo, the forerunner of the popular Balagtasan as proposed by Vim Nadera, Director of the U.P. ICW, where the participants will render impromptu poetry on topics they will pick up during the contest on Aug. 27, at the Faculty Center Conference Hall, Diliman Quezon City, in recognition of Landicho’s role in the propagation and popularization of the oral tradition of Filipino poetry on radio, television, balagtasan and poetry dedication to important events and coronation of beauty queens during fiestas and other festivals. The winner will be awarded with a glass sculpture by Ramon Orlina.
The culminating activity in honoring the retiree will be the publication of the book Himaymay: Diwa at Pagkatao ni Domingo Goan Landicho sponsored by the Department of Filipino and jointly edited by Dr. Ma. Josephine C. Barrios, associate dean of the College of Arts & Letters; Dr. Glecy Atienza, chairperson of DFPP; Dr. Roland B. Tolentino of the College of Mass Communications; and Dr. Edna May Obien-Landicho, a playwright and theater director in her own right.

Among those who have written about Landicho and his works in the forthcoming book are Nick Joaquin, F. Sionil Jose, Francisco Arcellana and Virgilio S. Almario, all National Artists; and literary writer scholars Bienvenido Lumbera, Nicanor Tiongson, Adrian Cristobal, Loren Legarda, Doreen Gamboa Fernandez, Isagani R. Cruz, Resil Mojares, Alfrredo Navarro Salanga, Rogelio Sicat, Patricia Melendez Cruz, Petronilo Bn. Daroy, Rosalinda Ofreneo, Prospero Covar, Zeus Salazar, F.G. David, Remigio Agpalo, as well as his contemporaries in the literary and journalism professions like Rene Jose, Butch del Castillo, Satur Ocampo, Lamberto Antonio, Reynaldo Duque, Marcelo Lagmay, Mat Din, Tony Mortel, and younger students who had studied Landicho’s literary works in their M.A. theses, doctoral dissertations and the winning literary criticisms on Landicho which was sponsored by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino under the Office of the President of the Philippines in 2003.

The Ateneo de Manila University Press is slated to launch Landicho’s latest book of fiction, with fantasy as a motif, entitled Bathaluman at Ibang Katha within the year.


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