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Rene O. Villanueva

Filipino Writers on Writing

Rene O. Villanueva (22 September 1954 - 5 Decem- ber 2007) was a renowned children’s storybook writer, playwright and movie, and television scriptwriter.

Reflect on these quotes from 10 Filipino writers--poets, essayists, fictionists--about writing.

“Write the story that only you can write.” - Francisco Arcellana

Early Life and Education Rene O. Villanueva was born September 22, 1954 in La Loma, Quezon City to Fran- cisco and Vicenta Villanueva. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Lyceum of the Philippines in history in 1969.

Career Villanueva started writing plays and children’s lit- erature during the late 1970s and published more than 50 children’s books since then. His first Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 1980 for the short play entitled Kumbersasyon is only one of his several award- winning pieces which placed him at the Palanca Hall of Fame in 1995.

He was one of the pioneer writers of the Aklat Adarna Series. He was the former executive producer of Batibot, a popular children’s show during the 1980s. He became section editor for Diyaryo Pilipino; associate editor for Diliman Review; editorial consultant for Children’s Com- munication Center’; original head writer for Philippine Sesame Street Project; and creative director for Philip- pine Children’s Television Foundation, Inc..

Villanueva became an assistant professor at the Department of Filipino, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman. In between writ- ing and teaching, he also served as an associate of the Likhaan: U.P. Intistitute of Creative Writing. He was a member of Galian sa Arte at Tula (GAT), the U.P. Writers Club, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), and The Writers Bloc, Inc...

“The writer has the advantage of a me- dium that can be contemplated many times over on the pages of a book or a magazine. The words lie on the page and the writer has an extended opportunity to imprint on his reader every meaning and nuance distilled from experience.”

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    Bienvenido Lumbera

The Filipino Writer and His Audience

“Go through the history of literature, and you will find that the greatest writers are ever those whose feet were planted solidly on the earth regardless of how high up in the clouds their heads might have been.”

Literature and Society

“The mind of a poet often performs miracles--a few coarse-grained words, ap- prehended become bullets and roses.”

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    Amado V. Hernandez, A Poem on Poetry, trans. by E. San Juan Jr.

“They call us fools! the lowing herd That never yet rang out a word Vibrant with light like you and me Who conjugate infinity!”

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    Angela Manalang-Gloria,

In Defense of Poets

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