Far Eastern University (FEU) commemorates the birth centenary of National Artist Nick Joaquin in a series of activities that presents the renowned writer in an intimate and personal light. The year-long celebration kicks-off with a public memorial lecture, featuring the reopening of his memorabilia room, book relaunch, and an art exhibit.
“For FEU, Nick is more than just a Philippine treasure. His works are part of our identity and his legacy remains in the values and culture of the university,” explains Dr. Michael Alba, FEU president. “He wrote our hymn and authored books about our alma Mater; he even wrote the biography of our founder Nicanor Reyes, Sr. It is but natural for us to celebrate his life and his contributions not only to our community, but to all Filipinos.”
Family and industry friends of the great writer join the extensive program in honoring this milestone. Guests recall Nick as a poet through a lecture conducted by Professor Emeritus Dr. Gemino Abad. He shares his knowledge and view on the literary works of the award-winning journalist.
A Special Collections Exhibit, which gives a glimpse of Nick’s life history, is revealed to the public. The display includes rare memorabilia donated by Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa Jr. and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ligaya Amilbangsa. Here, the Czech version of The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Nick Joaquin’s Pop Stories for Groovy Kids will be displayed to the public for the first time. A bust of Nick Joaquin by Julie Lluch was also unveiled. The exhibition is curated by FEU Literature and Humanities assistant professor, Timothy Sanchez with the guidance of literary scholar Jonathan Chua.
Different students from FEU’s Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts make an interpretation of Nick’s mind and translate his Palanca-award-winning Doña Jeronima. To complete the tribute to the man behind the pen, FEU Publications launches the centennial edition of The Complete Poems and Plays of Jose Rizal. This is a first edition book translated by Nick himself.
The event is hosted by the FEU Academic Affairs Office, Department of Literature, University Library Publications Office, President’s Committee on Culture, and Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts.