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Canonical

Philippine
National Artists
in Literature

Amado V. Hernandez 1973


Labor leader
Known for his criticism of
social injustices
Imprisoned for his
involvement in the
communist movement
Luha ng Buwaya, Mga
Ibong Mandaragit, Bullets
& Roses: The Poetry of
Amado V. Hernandez

Jose Garcia Villa- 1973


Poet, literary critic, short
story writer, painter
Finest contemporary
poets regardless of race
or language
Guggenhei Fellowship in
Creative Writing (Conrad
Aiken)
The Anchored Angel,
Doveglion

Carlos P. Romula- 1982


Diplomat, statesman,
soldier, journalist, author
Pulitzer Prize for
Correspondence
might have been lived in
a different country and a
different age
I Walked With Heroes, I
am a Filipino

Francisco Arcellana -1990


Writer, poet, essayist,
critic, journalist, teacher
Master of words, and
master of storytelling
From a family of many
children
The Mats

N. V. M. Gonzalez -1997
Nestor Vicente Madali
Gonzalez
Novelist, short story
writer, essayist, poet
Articulated the Filipino
spirit in rural, urban
landscapes
Children of the Ashcovered Loam, The
Tomato Game, On the
Ferry, Lupo and the River

Edith L. Tiempo -1999


Fiction writer, poet,
teacher, literary critic
Wrote Philippine
literatures in English
Works are characterized
by a remarkable fusion of
style and substance, of
craftsmanship and insight
Bonsai, Lament for the
Littlest Fellow

F. Sionl Jos - 2001


Novelist, short story
writer
One of the most widely
read Filipino writers in
English
His novels and short
stories depict the social
underpinnings of class
struggles and colonialism
in the society
The God Stealer

F. Sionl Jos - 2001


Novelist, short story
writer
One of the most widely
read Filipino writers in
English
His novels and short
stories depict the social
underpinnings of class
struggles and colonialism
in the society
The God Stealer

Virgilio S. Almario - 2003


RIO ALMA
Artist, poet, critic,
translator, editor, teacher,
cultural manager
Revived and reinvented
traditional poetic forms to
modernism
Wielding a pen into
untruths, hypocrisy,
injustice, etc.
UP Diksyunaryong Pilipino,
Doktrinang Anakpawis

Alejndro R. Roces - 2003


Author, essayist, dramatist,
Secretary of Education
(1961-1965)
The countrys best writer of
comic short stories
My Brothers Peculiar
Chicken

Bienvenido Lumbera 2006


Poet, critic, dramatist
Introduced Bagay poetry,
a landmark aesthetic
tendency that has helped to
change the vernacular
poetic tradition
Pioneered the creative
fusion of fine arts and
popular imagination
Tales of the Manuvu and
Rama Hari

Lazaro Francisco - 2009


Novelist
Master of the Tagalog Novel
Developed the social realist
tradition in Philippine
fiction, embodied in his
works his commitment to
nationalism
Ama, Bayang Nagpatiwakal,
Maganda pa ang Daigdig,
Daluyong

Cirilo F. Bautista - 2014


Poet, fictionist, essayist
Discovery of
encouragements of the
young, provide insights into
the craft of writing and
correctives to
misconception about art
Summer Suns, Words and
Battlefields, The Trilogy of
Saint Lazarus, Galaw ng
Asoge

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