...Alberto Florentino Renowned Filipino writer Alberto Florentino will be honored on September 26 at the Philippine Center Kalayaan Hall on Fifth Avenue, New York City.
The Consulate General will present to Mr. Florentino
the Presidential Merit Award and the Philippine Consulate General's own Dakilang Pilipino Award. Alberto Florentino
, a contemporary of Nick Joaquin, Jose Garcia Villa and NVM Gonzalez, is considered a top Filipino playwright.
first play, 'The World is an Apple
,' won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature (ONE-ACT PLAY) in English) in 1954 when Florentino
was only 21 years old.The play was also voted the most popular/most performed play in the Philippines and is known to be among the Philippines' top 10 plays and top 5 literary works. Mr. Florentino
was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 1960, along with Benigno Aquino, Jr. and 8 others.
In six decades Mr. Florentino
also earned acclaim as a playwright for the stage, a script supervisor for 10 Filipino TV drama, specially for "Balintataw" which ran for 5 years (from 1967 to 1972) Mr. Florentino was active as a publisher and editor of the Peso Books which published the works of 6 major Filipino writers who became National Artist for Literature.He was also a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines, a columnist for Ermita, several national magazines, a scriptwriters for 7 movies, and anthologist.His
plays speak of social issues, poverty and resilience - and how innocent and beautiful thoughts can survive in an impoverished world.