Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • share this

NA for storywriter of acclaimed film

/ 01:02 AM July 20, 2013

The editorial titled “Film history” (Opinion, Inquirer, 7/7/13) paid tribute to Lino Brocka, National Artist for film, for his magnificent film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” which earned plaudits at the Cannes Film Festival in France. It is a great film not only because of excellent directing, film editing, acting, cinematography but also because of its great story. And that great story is owed to Filipino novelist, Edgardo M. Reyes, whose other novels have also been turned into movies which had been blockbusters at the tills, like “Laro sa Baga,” “Uod at Rosas,” “Dagat sa Apoy,” “Mister Mo Lover Boy Ko,” “Ligaw na Bulaklak.” Lately, he wrote “Diwata ng Mt. Diwalwal” and “Isla,” which are good material for film.

I believe that Reyes deserves to be awarded the National Artist (NA) for Filipino novel. His works mirror the poignant struggle of the Filipino hoi polloi, like Julio Madiaga, for survival, for dignity, for a comfortable if not prosperous, life; indeed, for just a small place in the sun. His works are suffused with a humanist narrative attuned with contemporary Filipino life. If memory serves me right, Reyes has won Palanca awards.

YMCA Bldg., J. Pacana Street,
Cagayan de oro City


Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Edgardo M. Reyes, Film, letters to the editor, Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag, national artist award, opinion
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Disney shows how Han Solo and Lando meet at CinemaCon

April 25, 2018 06:48 PM


Villa stays as PH envoy in Kuwait – Cayetano

April 25, 2018 06:48 PM


World Malaria Day: Prevention tips for travelers

April 25, 2018 06:47 PM


Marvel’s Stan Lee accused of fondling himself

April 25, 2018 06:41 PM

© Copyright 1997-2018 | All Rights Reserved