By Marjaleen Ramos
Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, National Artist for Literature, passed away Sunday. He was 76.
In a Facebook post, the De La Salle University Department of Literature confirmed the news today. However, it did not provide immediate details on the death of Bautista. The department said:
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved professor/mentor and perhaps the greatest poet in the annals of Philippine literature–Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista. Rest in peace, our Moses, Gandalf, Nero Wolfe, Obi Wan Kenobi. Till we meet again in Paradise.”
Bautista graduated magna cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas’ AB Literature program and was a literary editor of the UST’s official publication, Varsitarian.
He was the artist behind the works Summer Suns, Words and Battlefields, The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus, and Galaw ng Asoge.
In 2014, former President Benigno Aquino III conferred the award of the National Artist for Literature on Bautista.
Bautista is also a Palanca Awards Hall of Famer.