THE Intertextual Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) invites teachers, students and lovers of Philippine Literature to the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of National Artist Francisco Arcellana on September 6at 3:00 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
The Arcellana Centennial Celebration is a chance to get familiar with the works of the Filipino literary genius, Francisco Arcellana. He was an accomplished fictionist, essayist, critic and poet in his own right. He authored well-anthologized stories such as “The Mats,” “The Flowers of May,” “How to Read,” “The Wing of Madness,” “Divide by Two”, and “A Marriage was Made”. Some of his works have been translated into Filipino, Malaysian, Italian, German and Russian.
Born on September 6, 1916 in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Arcellana was part of the generation of writers that reinvented the literary form short story in the English language. He also taught and held key positions at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman where he mentored Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Erwin Castillo, Charlson Ong, Marra PL. Lanot and Mailin Paterno-Locsin.
There will be performances inspired by Arcellana’s literary works and the launching of the National Artist Francisco Arcellana Commemorative Postage Stamp by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philpost. Arcellana stamps and books that feature him as author will also be exhibited. The Arcellana family will grace the event to lead the ceremonies.