Malay: Literacy from Literature

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While the whole world is waiting for the Supreme Court to act on our petition enumerating grave abuse of discretion (i.e. the blatant disregard of the process of selection conducted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines; the unexplained deletion of the name of hospitalized Dr. Ramon Santos from the final list of nominees; the insertion of the names of Jose “Pitoy” Moreno, Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, Carlo J. Caparas, and Cecile Guidote Alvarez in the list of awardees, among others) – the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) honors our future National Treasures in the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas awardees who will receive the legendary Manuel Baldemor trophy:1. Tomas Agulto “for his poetry and other work endowed with the intensity and metaphor that reflect the inner life and consciousness of those at the fringes of society”;2. Bartolome Tan Chua “for his leadership in, advancement, and propagation of modern Chinese poetry in the Philippines”;3. Mario O’Hara “for his dramatic films of meritorious quality, through which he and his world view poke at the conscience of a society that closes its eyes on the surrounding mire of oppression and poverty”;4. Zeus Salazar “for his essays and examinations in the fields of history and the social sciences, where he recognized and gave shape to the concepts of the native identity, consciousness, and the honor of the Filipino”;5. Alfred Yuson “for his fiction and poetry that both and interchangeably reach the peaks in the use of language”;6. Paul Zafaralla “for his admirable essays, and criticism, that enabled him not only to advance Ilocano art and culture but put forward themes and subjects that have to do with the nation and the world. …