Dr. Isagani R. Cruz, Professor Emeritus and University Fellow at De La Salle University-Manila, with distinctions such as Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature Hall of Fame, Southeast Asian Writers (SEAWRITE) Award, The Ten Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for Literature, among others, performed his “Dear Tish,” a creative nonfictional monologue taken from the writings of Bienvenido N. Santos during the A Performance-Reading in Honor of Bienvenido N. Santos yesterday, January 19, 2011, at the Yuchengco Seminar Rooms 407-408 of De La Salle University.
2010 SEAWRITE Awardee, poet and University Fellow Dr. Marjorie M. Evasco, on the other hand, read “Selections from The Wounded Stag.”
The afternoon event was organized by The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University-Manila, in cooperation with The University of Santo Tomas Varsitarian, The University of Santo Tomas Literary Society, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in connection with the 2011 TABOAN (Davao) National Literary Arts Festival.
Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996) wrote novels, short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Some of his notable works are Scent of Apples, The Day the Dancers Came, You Lovely People, The Man Who (Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor, What the Hell For You Left Your Heart in San Francisco, The Praying Man, and Memory’s Fictions: A Personal History.
Collections of his works, photographs, and personal memorabilia are displayed at The Bienvenido N. Santos Literary Museum on the Ground Floor of the University Library of De La Salle University.