National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo, literary stalwart Kerima Polotan Tuvera pass away

(SPOT.ph) Two local literary giants passed away over the weekend. Four-time Palanca first-placer Kerima Polotan Tuvera died on August 20 due to a lingering illness, reports The Philippine Star while, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo succumbed to myocardial infarction yesterday, August 22, at 5:35 p.m. Tuvera was 85; Tiempo was 92.


Polotan’s daughter Kimi told ABS-CBN News that her mother’s wake will be at the Funeraria Paz Sucat, inside Manila Memorial Park. According to the report, Tuvera suffered a stroke and was wheelchair-bound for the last months. She was the former editor-in-chief of Focus Philippines magazine and the Evening Post newspaper. She also wrote a slew of books such as Hand of the Enemy (1962), Stories, a Collection (1966), Author's Choice (1972, essays), and Adventures in a Forgotten Country (1975, essays).


Tiempo, the founder and director of the Silliman National Writers Worshop, died at the time when Silliman University was starting its 110th Founder’s Day celebration, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The university’s president, Ben Malayang III, said of Tiempo’s death: "We have lost one of our pillars." Considered to be the Mother of Philippine Literature, Tiempo also received several Palanca Awards for her works. She also wrote books, like A Blade of Fern (1978), His Native Coast (1979), The Alien Corn (1992), One, Tilting Leaves (1995), and The Builder (2003).


For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and The Philippine Star.

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