PRESS RELEASE

February 12, 2022

THE Philippine Center of the International PEN and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will hold the virtual event, “Tribute to F. Sionil Jose, An Afternoon of Reminiscences and Encomiums,” on February 14, 2022 at 4 p.m. at the official Facebook pages of CCP and CCP Intertextual Division, Philippine Center of International PEN, and Hanggang sa Muli, Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat sa mga Pumanaw.

To pay tribute to the National Artist for literature and founder of the Philippine PEN, who passed away on January 6, 2022, are CCP officials, such as Vice-President and Artistic Director Chris Millado, PEN chair and premiere novelist Charlson Ong, retired Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Justice Conchita Carpio Morales, poet Ricardo de Ungria, fictionist Jose “Butch” Dalisay, lawyer-historian Saul Hofilena, and several others.

There will also be messages from Estonian writer and PEN International board director Burham Sönmez, acclaimed US author James Fallows, and Singapore’s poet laureate Edwin Thumboo.

The event will also launch three new books of Jose: “Collected Stories,” “Collected Essays,” and “Promdi,” an autobiography.