By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered the Quezon City Public Library to dedicate a section that will showcase the works of National Artist for Literature Dr. Cirilo Bautista to honor his valuable contribution to Philippine Literature.
“May I request the QCPL to have a dedicated section, a portion or a place for Dr. Cirilo Bautista? He’s a national artist for literature and I believe that it’s the type of honor that he deserves from the people of Quezon City,” Bautista said.
National artist Bautista died last May 6 due to a lingering illness.
He was Outstanding Citizen Awardee of Quezon City in 1996.
Doctor Bautista wrote the foreword of ‘Lessons and Legacies’ in which he connected his experience as a resident of the city to Quezon City’s growth as a ‘global city’.
“Compiled in this volume are 50 of Mayor Bautista’s most memorable speeches and statements in the almost nine years of administration that started in 2010 and still ongoing. While it would be worthy to include those that come before his term as mayor of QC, here is a compendium of a young leader’s thoughts, principles, and beliefs that have guided the city,” Dr. Cirilo Bautista said in his foreword.
Mayor Bautista mentioned that the city dedicates ‘Lessons and Legacies’ book to Doctor Bautista being an exemplary and outstanding citizen.
“We dedicate this book to you, Dr. Bautista. Isang ulirang alagad ng sining. Ulirang mamamayan ng Quezon City,” the mayor said.
Aside from the local and national awards that Doctor Bautista gained, he’s also known for helping to shape young talents through founding various writing centers and organizations, such as the Bienvenido Santos Creative Writing Center, Philippine Literary Arts Council, Iligan National Writers Workshop and Baguio Writers Group.
Among his most notable works are the books Summer Suns (1963), The Cave and Other Poems (1968), Charts (poetry, 1973), Stories (1990), Words and Battlefields (1998), Sugat ng Salita (poetry, 1986), The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus (2001), Galaw ng Asoge (2003).