The Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) pays tribute to NICK JOAQUIN, the National Artist for Literature (1976) and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts (1996) on May 4, 2017 at the CCP for a centennial celebration of his life and works.

1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee NICK JOAQUIN

Starting May 4, a series of events to commemorate the distinguished writer, poet and journalist include the following:

  • A screening of Sari Dalena’s film Dahling Nick at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater) at 1:00pm
  • An opening ceremony of the celebration at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) at 4:15pm highlighted by the following:
  • A dance performance entitled Amada by Ballet Philippines
  • Poetry reading by writer Pete Lacaba
  • A theatrical presentation of an excerpt of Nick Joaquín’s How Love Came to Juan Tamad, and the unveiling of Nick Joaquín’s Portrait and Commemorative Stamp Design
  • Aparador ni Quijano de Manila, an exhibition featuring personal items and portraits of the said National Artist, will open at 5:30pm at the Pasilyong Victorio Edades.
  • The Nick Joaquín Book Fair, led by Anvil Publishing and National Book Store, will be held at the CCP Little Theater Lobby and 4th Floor Hallway.
  • Small Beer, an informal discussion about Nick Joaquín’s life and works, will follow at the Atrium and 4th Floor Hallway at 6:00pm and will also include the launching of The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic, published by Penguin Random House.

The Penguin book includes the stories “Three Generations,” “The Legend of the Dying Wanton,” “The Mass of St. Sylvestre,” “The Summer Solstice,” “May Day Eve,” “The Woman Who Had Two Navels,” “Guardia de Honor,” “Doña Jéronima, “The Order of Melkizedek,” “Candido’s Apocalypse,” and the play, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino: An Elegy in Three Acts.”

The book’s foreword was written by distinguished New York-based Filipina novelist Gina Apostol, while the Introduction is credited to Seattle-based Filipino scholar and author Vicente L. Rafael.

Nick Joaquin was a writer and journalist whose prose and poetry illustrated the plight of Filipinos in a post-colonial society, allowing them to have a better understanding of their national identity.

Some of his biggest works include “Manila, My Manila: A History for the Young,” “The Ballad of the Five Battles,” “Rizal in Saga,” “Almanac for Manileños,” “Cave and Shadows” and “Doña Jeronima,” “

Nick Joaquín passed away on April 29, 2004. If he were alive today, he would have repeated what he said in his response when he received the 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts: “For today, even with so much to be thankful for in the past, I can still say in utter astonishment: “But thou hast kept the good wine until now!” Thank you. I have spoken.”