Thursday, April 19, 2012

FILCOLS Member Bienvenido Lumbera turns 80, crowned 'People's Artist'

by Aaron Erick Lozada

The highlight of the event was the crowning of Ka Bien with laurel leaves cast in metal as the People’s Teacher and Artist. The laurel wreath, a symbolism often alluded to another great Filipino writer Francisco Baltazar, represents Ka Bien’s important contributions to Filipino literature and society. Soprano Lorna Llames sang “Alay kay Bien,” a song written in honor of the great artist.

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Congratulations, Sir Bien. FILCOLS is so proud to have you as one of our pioneer members!!!

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