Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Francisco Arcellana 100th Birth Anniversary

  1. Zacarias Eugene Francisco Quino Arcellana is his full name.
  2. Francisco Arcellana is a Filipino National Artist for Literature who was born on 6 September 1916 in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
  3. He is the fourth child of Jose Arcellana y Cabaneiro and Epifanio Quino who had a total of 18 children.
  4. He was appointed as the first founding director of the UP Creative Writing Center now known as Institute of Creative Writing which was his most distinguished achievement having held this position for three and a half years since being appointed in June 1979.
  5. He was a pioneer in the development of the short story as a lyrical prose-poetic form within Filipino literature. 
  6. Francisco Jr., Elizabeth, Jose Esteban, Maria Epifania, Juan Eugenio, Emerenciana Jr. was thes six children he had from his wife, Emerenciana Yuvienco.
  7. The first award in art criticism of the Art Association of the Philippines was awarded to him in 1954.
  8. He received an award from the City of Manila in 1981 which is the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan award.
  9. The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipino (UMPIL) in 1988 awarded him the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for English fiction.
  10. He was proclaimed by President Corazon C. Aquino in 1990 as the National Artist of the Philippines in Literature along with Cesar Legaspi, National Artist in Painting and Leandro Locsin, National Artist in Architecture.
  11. He died as a National Artist on 1 August 2002 after succumbing to pneumonia and kidney failure at the age of 85 at 11:45 AM at the National Kidney Institute and received a state funeral at the Libingan ng mga Bayani located within Fort Bonifacio (formerly Fort William McKinley) in Western Bicutan, Taguig City.
  12. He was a pioneer member of the 13 pre-war writer's group "The Veronicans" who were very influential writers who experimented in different literary forms with the aim of making their writing bear the imprint on the face of the Philippines.


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