The poet who paved the use of Tagalog dialect as National Language during his era is now given a honorable celebration by Freeway X Filipino National Artist Collectors Series for 2014, which is recognized every year. Freeway X salutes National Artist for Literature, Bienvenido Lumbera. Those who were recognized in the past were the likes of Lucio San Pedro, Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco, Levi Celerio, Juan Luna, to name a few.
Freeway X Filipino National Artist Collectors Series is Freeway Online, a clothing shop store, homage to Filipino national artists highlighting the works in arts and literature of these personalities who gave a large contribution to Philippine history.
This time, Freeway X salutes Bienvenido Lumbera, a National Treasure, setting the bar high with Freeway‘s work-to-play pieces.
Joining Lumbera during the launch hosted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez and held last Tuesday evening (May 20), was another gifted artist of the new generation, Gloc9, in the form of rap, an art-form of spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics, closer to poetry.
Lumbera takes pride in seeing Gloc9, Aris Pollisco in real life, as a popular artist who bravely tackles the problems in the society. Lumbera doesn’t mind if Gloc9 uses his literary works, just in case, the young rapper includes the poet’s verses in his rap songs.
Watch this video as National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera gives flattering remarks to rapper Gloc9 here.
Going back to Lumbera, the poet was born on April 11, 1932 in the humble town of Lipa, Batangas, Bienvenido didn’t exactly have an easy childhood. He lost his father, Timoteo Lumbera, while he was barely a year old then his mother, Carmen Lumbera, succumbed to cancer a few years later, leaving him under his relatives’ watchful guidance. Trials and adversities never did crumble Tatay Bien’s spirit but he used it instead to touch the lives of different people through his compelling works and words.
He finished his studies and M.A degrees at the University of Santo Tomas in 1950 and later pursued his Ph.D in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in 1968.
The poet who introduced a new aesthetic to traditional Tagalog literature, turned dramatist then professor to top universities merits Freeway’s Filipino National Artist Collectors Series for 2014 featuring one of his recognized composition, The Yaya’s Lullaby. The 10 piece fashion collection tribute is composed of vibrant floral mosaic prints matching Lumbera’s literary aesthetic. Rich colored prints on halter sleeveless tops, shirts, and dresses in flowy cuts which can be worn from day-to-night make up the collection that will be in stores this May. The collection uses comfortable material such as satinized twills and poplins for the casual work wear to stretch georgettes and knits for the weekend get-up.
Get ready to wear another Literature x Fashion comeback highlighting Bienvenido Lumbera’s emotional piece translated into visually attractive silhouettes when you shop at Freeway.
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