by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
The UP Press launched A Wanderer in the Night of the World: The Poems of NVM Gonzalez, edited by poet and critic Gemino Abad, to celebrate National Artist for Literature NVM Gonzalez’s birth centennial on September 8, Tuesday, at the UP Diliman Executive House.
Seen at the event were National Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and F. Sionil Jose. UP Diliman vice chancellor for research and development Fidel Nemenzo Jr. delivered a speech in behalf of UP Chancellor Michael Tan. Also seen were former UP president Fidel Nemenzo, award-winning writer Jose “Butch” Dalisay, first ever director of the UP Press Elmer Ordonez, current UP Press director J. Neil Garcia, and celebrated authors Gilda Cordero Fernando and Marra Lanot.
The UP Singing Ambassadors serenaded the 100-strong audience with music even as a power outage struck the campus and all dined in candlelight.