FRANCISCO ARCELLANA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Cultural Center of the Philippines
DATE/ TIME/ VENUE:
September 6, 2016 | 3:00PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Students, teacher and lovers of Philippine Literature are invited to the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of National Artist Francisco Arcellana. Join us as we celebrate Arcellana’s life and literary legacy, especially his works in fiction, poetry and essay. Arcellana was one of the originators of the modern Filipino short story in English and was conferred the National Artist Award for Literature in 1990.
This celebration includes performances inspired by Arcellana’s literary works and the launching of the National Artist Francisco Arcellana Commemorative Postage Stamp by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philpost. Arcellana stamps and books that feature him as author will also be exhibited. The Arcellana family will grace the event to lead the ceremonies.
The Arcellana Centennial Celebration is a chance to get familiar with the works of this Filipino literary genius. Francisco Arcellana was an accomplished fictionist, essayist, critic and poet in his own right. He authored well-anthologized stories such as “The Mats,” “The Flowers of May,” “How to Read,” “The Wing of Madness,” “Divide by Two”, and “A Marriage was Made”. Some of his works have been translated into Filipino, Malaysian, Italian, German and Russian.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ARTIST:
Born on September 6, 1916 in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Arcellana was part of the generation of writers that reinvented the literary form short story in the English language. He also taught and held key positions at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman where he mentored Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Erwin Castillo, Charlson Ong, Marra PL. Lanot and Mailin Paterno-Locsin.