Far Eastern University , Manila -Philippines
Far Eastern University library
Far Eastern University will dedicate a special section in the FEU Library dedicated to
Nick Joaquin, National Artist of the Philippines for Literature. Nick Joaquin is considered the third most important Filipino writer after Jose Rizal and Claro M. Recto and is best known for his novels and short stories written in English.
Chair-Emeritus Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola thought it was fit that FEU house these works
because of the strong connection of the legendary writer with the school.The
legendary writer wrote the lyrics of the FEU Hymn and the biography of founder Dr.
Nicanor Reyes Sr, which was launched on February 12, 1995.
First Day Cover in Frame issued by Phlpost in 2010
Dr. Montinola said she pitched the idea to Nick Joaquin’s niece Ms.Joaquin Villegas after visiting a recent exhibit at the Ateneo De Manila University.
There are also books
Aside from books there are also personal memorabilias that were given to the author by his friends.
Mr. Nick Joaquin started his literary career by contributing poems and essays to national magazines. He published his first poem in 1935 in The Tribune.
He joined the Philippines Free Press magazine in 1950 as proofreader. He soon became a staff writer, signing his work as Quijano de Manila. Then as the Free Press literary editor, he influenced the careers of young writers, most of whom have become icons of Philippine literature themselves.
He later edited the Asia-Philippine Leader magazine. And became editor in chief of the Philippine Weekly Graphic. He was publisher of the Mirror magazine when he died.
His short stories have won every major prize in the Philippines, including the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. In 1996 he was chosen Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for literature and journalism.
The tour participants enjoyed the quaint memorabilia room at the library dedicated to Mr. Nick Joaquin.