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Bienvenido Lumbera Biography

by Freeway, 2014
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Life and Works of Bienvenido Lumbera

Freeway is honored to pay tribute tribute to one of the brave souls who embraced the art of expression since Martial Law, renowned National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, one of our few remaining living treasured National Artists

Born on April 11, 1932 in the humble town of Lipa, Batangas, Bienvenido didn’t exactly have an easy childhood. He lost his father, Timoteo Lumbera, while he was barely a year old then his mother, Carmen Lumbera, succumbed to cancer a few years later, leaving him under his relatives’ watchful guidance. Trials and adversities never did crumble Tatay Bien’s spirit but he used it instead to touch the lives of different people through his compelling works and words.

He finished his studies and M.A degrees at the University of Santo Tomas in 1950 and later pursued his Ph.D in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in 1968.

A few years later, he came back to the Philippines to teach Literature, Philippine Studies and Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas. Imparting what he learned from his studies, experiences, life in general has always been on his list. With his wit and perseverance, he did not only have the chance to teach in his own country but also in Japan. Aside from teaching in a typical setup, his writings have also taught many of his readers until today.

He was able to create numerous well applauded and celebrated literature for publications and theater, some of which include Tales of the Manuvu, Rama Hari, Nasa Puso and Amerika, Bayan: Apatna Dulang Musika, Revaluation, Pedagogy and many more earning him the title of Philippine National Artist for Literature in 2006.