A stage director, screenwriter, actor and author, Hontiveros-Avellana, 93, was named Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, by UST in 1999. She was the first Master of Arts in Literature student and graduate of UST. She has recently released her autobiography, “The Drama of It,” under Anvil Publishing.
Parangal Hagbong, given to UST alumni-writers, is the highlight of the Ustetika awards night. Previous recipients are National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera, Francisco Sionil José, Rolando Tinio, J. Elizalde Navarro, as well as Rogelio Sicat, Zeneida Amador, Genoveva Matute, Ponciano Pineda, Wilfrido Nolledo, and several great writers.
Another highlight of the awards night is a tribute to the recently deceased UST writer-in-residence Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta. A Varsitarian literary editor in the 1950s, Dimalanta had also received the Parangal Hagbong in 2008.
Organized by the Varsitarian, Ustetika (the term is a portmanteau of “UST” and estetika) is the country’s longest-running campus literary derby.
On Nov. 27, it will award winners in short story, poetry, essay and one-act play in both English and Filipino divisions. The UST Rector’s Literary Award will also be given to any of the first-prize winners that “best reflects the Catholic sacramental imagination.”
Past Ustetika winners include J. Neil Garcia, Rodolfo “Jun” Lana and Angelo Suarez.
This year’s jurors are Vim Nadera, Rebecca Añonuevo, Teo Antonio, Cirilo Bautista, J. Neil Garcia, Lourd de Veyra, Abdon Balde, Eros Atalia, Elfren Abueg, Kit Kwe, Charlson Ong, Mike Coroza, Gary Devilles, Oscar Campomanes, Wendell Capili, Florentino Hornedo, Ralph Galan, Vic Torres, Dennis Marasigan and Rody Vera.
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