Fables are about animals and these teach moral lessons.
Our country's epics are considered ethno-epics because unlike, say, Germany's Niebelunginlied, our epics are not national for they are "histories" of varied groups that consider themselves "nations." The epics come in various names: (Manobo).
The chanters who were taught by their ancestors are considered "treasures" and/or repositories of wisdom in their communities. The Spanish Colonial Tradition While it is true that Spain subjugated the Philippines for more mundane reasons, this former European power contributed much in the shaping and recording of our literature.
Religion and institutions that represented European civilization enriched the languages in the lowlands, introduced theater which we would come to know as , the playlets and the drama.
Now recognized as a National Artist, he and his great body of work will forever be immortalized alongside fellow greats such as Sionil Jose and Virgilio Almario and many others who have made such advances into the world of Philippine literature. Mojares’s works and his dedication to his craft have gotten the proverbial shovel in the ground in our quest to recover the Filipino soul.
“Come on, Cubs, Play Small Ball” — “Cub fans are the tragic historians of American sport,” the author contends.To where has the soul of the Filipino writer disappeared?At whose feet does it clamor – at our own or at the feet of foreigners?With enough of an educational background to set him down a path into the world of literature, he found himself a teaching role as a professor at the University of San Carlos.He would later move on to found the Cebuano Studies Center in 1975, a cultural research center based in the University of San Carlos. Mojares, the Cebuano Studies Center has been at the forefront of cultural conservation in Cebu, actively supporting research into the social sciences and humanities and by being a public-access library looking to spread cultural awareness to the Cebu community at large.This piece about keeping sports in its place and not always swinging for the long ball was originally published in a slightly altered form in the Chicago Go to a list of Black Writers, Chicago Writers, World Writers, of which the following are samples, or the Teaching Diversity main page. Guzman’s comments at the memorial service of Carolyn Rodgers, National Book Award nominee and one of Chicago’s greatest writers.What is the relationship between poetic inwardness and social change? “The Saint and the Sage: The Fiction of Raja Rao” — Nobel-nominated Raja Rao was one of India’s greatest writers. Guzman’s widely reprinted essay is considered one of the finest on Rao and the relationship of Indian religion and philosophy to social change. “As in myth…The Fiction of NVM Gonzalez” — Richard Guzman’s essay on one of the world’s greatest writers is widely considered one of the best on Gonzalez and Philippine culture.For the literary and academic set, it was just a matter of time before Resil Mojares, our foremost literary historian, was conferred the title of National Artist.Yesterday, one of our worthiest nominees finally took a page in the book of great Filipinos.What has become of Filipino culture, torn from the mountains and forests and small towns to the busy metropolises of the Westernized East? Resil Mojares is a titan in the world of literature. Mojares’s literary career starts at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English.The soul of the Filipino writer may be buried under mountains of history, of times and influences come and gone – but there is a man out there who writes to uncover it. This was followed by a master’s degree in Literature from the University of San Carlos before he returned to his first alma mater for a doctorate degree, also in Literature.