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Did you know: Jose Garcia Villa

Today, Aug. 5, is the 106th birth anniversary of the poet, fictionist, and National Artist for Literature Jose Garcia Villa. Born in Singalong, Manila, in 1908, Villa introduced the reversed consonance rime scheme, including the comma poems that made full use of the punctuation mark in an innovative, poetic way. He was given the National Artist Award in 1973. Villa died on Feb. 7, 1997.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Literary judges quit as Singapore gay book row escalates

Gay rights supporters form a giant pink dot at "Speakers' Corner" in Singapore on June 28, 2014. A gay rights rally was set to kick off in Singapore June 28, with organisers expecting tens of thousands of people to celebrate sexual diversity in the city-state despite fierce opposition from religious conservatives. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

A censorship row in Singapore escalated Wednesday when judges of a literary prize quit over the national library’s plans to destroy three children’s books deemed to be pro-homosexual.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Did you know: Alejandro R. Roces

National Artist for Literature Alejandro R. Roces was born on July 13, 1924. A short story writer and essayist, he is considered the country’s best writer of comic short stories. He spearheaded the campaign to change the country’s Independence Day from July 4 to June 12 and was instrumental in changing the language used in the country’s stamps, currency and passport from English to Filipino. He was named a national artist in 2003.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Did you know: Nick Joaquin

Today is the 10th death anniversary of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin. Born on May 4, 1917, in Paco, Manila, Joaquin wrote more than two dozen books, including “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino,” “The Woman who Had Two Navels,” “Manila: Sin City and Other Chronicles,” and several other plays and poems. As a journalist, he used the pseudonym Quijano de Manila. Joaquin was named National Artist for Literature in 1976. He died in 2004.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A couple takes a photo of a portrait of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in front of the Casa de la Moneda Museum in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City on Thursday. The author was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism. (AP Photo/Diana Sanchez)

“A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!” — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »