F. Sionil Jose formally turns over his prized collection to the DLSU Libraries
On July 11, 2014, Philippine’s National Artist for Literature, internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded author, F. Sionil Jose formally turned over his collection to the DLSU Libraries.
Acknowledgement goes to Dr. Vince Gomez who jumpstarted a series of meetings with the Jose family by his casual mention of the Libraries as one of the possible repository of the collection, thus leading to this great partnership.
Now housed at the 12/F of the Learning Commons, the collection is composed of his complete works including manuscripts, published works, and articles. His novels and short stories have been translated in 28 different languages. The novels in the Rosales saga alone have been translated into more than 22 languages.
Other sections of the collection include publications by Solidaridad Publishing House (a bookshop on Padre Faura Street, Ermita, which they opened in 1965), signed copies of books written by friends, and his selection of 100 recommended books.
He has encouraged young artists to flourish and has exhibited their works at Solidaridad Galleries (1967-1981). Some of these renowned artists have contributed art work for this collection.
F. Sionil Jose has served as writer-in-residence and faculty member of De La Salle University. He also is the founder of the Philippine chapter of the international organization PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) and runs the Solidaridad Bookshop.
As an outcome of his notable achievement in the literary field, he has been the recipient of the following exemplary awards -- including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Arts (1980), Philippine National Artist (2001), and the Pablo Neruda Centennial Award (2004).