Jun Cruz Reyes is a sui-generis writer, he was formerly known as the “enfant terrible” of Philippine Letters and is now considered as one of the finest and most accomplished writers in Philippine literature. According to critics, Jun Cruz Reyes changed and raised the standards of writing in the Philippines by introducing and popularizing “wikang kanto” (language of the street corner/informal language) to Philippine Literature at a time when almost everyone was mightily espousing the dicta of High-Formalism, shunning dissenters and emerging voices in the process. He won his first Palanca in 1973 with his first short story “Isang Lumang Kuwento” (An Old Tale), his first novel “Tutubi, Tutubi Huwag kang Pahuhuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Do Not Let the Bad Guy Catch You) was given the Grand Prize for the Novel Category (Co-Winner) of the Palanca Awards in 1983. His First Book, a collection of his award winning short-stories, “Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento” (The King’s Behest and Other Stories) won the National Book Award for Fiction (1983). He would receive the same Award with “Tutubi, Tutubi…” (Dragonfly, Dragonfly…) and Etsa-Puwera, in 1987 and 2001 respectively. His Novel “Etsa-Puwera”, considered by many as one of the finest novels written by a Filipino, earned the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize, Novel Category, in 1998. The Manila City Government in an awarding ceremonies presided by Mayor Alfredo Lim, gave him a plaque of recognition calling him: “Patnubay ng Lahi” (Beacon of the Nation). The Bulacan Provincial Government, in a similar gesture of appreciation, recognized him as “Dangal ng Lipi” (Pride of the Race). Last 2014, the Royal Family of Thailand conferred Jun Cruz Reyes the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award.
Jun Cruz Reyes, aside from being an award-winning writer, is also enjoying a certain degree of popularity among the Filipino reading population as proven by his works undergoing multiple publications. His oeuvre has been described as “witty” and “satirical,” often expounding on social issues, hence, earning the ire of conservative critics and hot headed bureaucrats that represent the establishment.
Aside from being creative writer, Jun Cruz Reyes is also a multi-talented artist, for this, National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera called him a “genius” an epithet he sparilingly attaches to someone’s name. In fact, the only individual other than Reyes whom Dr. Lumbera called a genius was Dr. Jose Rizal, the foremost National Hero of the Philippines. Jun Cruz Reyes or Amang (literally, father) as he is called by his many mentees, is also a sculptor, filmmaker (he won a Catholic Mass Media Award for his documentary film “Dumagat, Ibong Lagalag”) and painter that has mounted, so far, six one-man-shows.
1. Ph. D. Malikhaing Pagsulat (Creative Writing)/ Filipino, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2008
2. M.A. Malikhaing Pagsulat (Creative Writing)/ Filipino, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1999
*Most Outstanding Graduate Student, Chancellor’s Award, 1999
3. A.B. Political Science, Lyceum of the Philippines, 1969
4. B.S. Foreign Service, Lyceum of the Philippines, 1969
Organizations and Affiliations
1. Founder, Palihang nasa Linya— a workshop designed to cater the need of a multimedia writing, originally conceived as a workshop online, but due to technical difficulties, it is being held every Saturday at the College of Arts and Letters from December to April. It is now on is second year. Panelists are selected from their different areas of specialization.
2. Fellow (now being called as associate), UP Institute of Creative Writing (formerly Creative Writing Center). The ICW is an institution that’s only to open to excellent scope of national literature. Four of its associates have received the National Artist Award for Literature namely: Prof. Francisco Arcellana, N.V.M. Gonzales, Virgilio Almario, and Dr. Bievenido Lumbera.
3. Member, Board of Directors: Philippine PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists).
4. Chair: Writers in Prison Committee, Philippine PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists).
5. Artistic Director: Amado V. Hernandez Resource Center (AVHRC).
6. Honorary Chair/ Founder: Samahang Anak Hagunoy (Sons and Daughters of Hagonoy), founded in 2002. The group gives free weekly workshops on writing, painting, and film documentary. A major workshop is being held annually. It also publishes the monthly Dyaryo Hagunoy where the products of the of the workshops were printed. The group was lucky to have lecturers and/or panelists such as Dr. Benilda Santos of the Ateneo de Manila University, Ave Perez Jacob of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Dean Rose Torres-Yu of UP-D, Director Vim Nadera and Rene Villanueva of the ICW, Luna Sicat, Dong Abay, Mes de Guzman and Khavn de la Cruz. It also led the rise of the monument of Amado V. Hernandez in the village where he was born. They also collect important books for a village high school in Hagunoy, Bulacan. Some of the workshop’s products made it to the UP not only in the field of writing. A school was also built but is still not open because it’s being used by the military as temporary camp. Nevertheless, book donations continue to pour for the school.
7. Founder: Pasaway Unltd. (Panayam-sanayam ng mga writers at artists na young, or Workshop-seminar for Young Writers and Artists): Pasaway, which literally means “transgressive,” is an organization of contemporary multimedia/multi-talent practitioners in Filipino in the country such as Khavn de la Cruz, Mes de Guzman, Allan Derain, Edgar Samar, Norman Wilwayco, and Eros Atalia.
8. Founder: Malate Literary Journal, De La Salle University, 1986.
9. Founding Member: Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (Writers Union of the Philippines).
1. Ka Amado, Ang Paghahanap ng Nawawalang Epiko ng Katagalugan (Ka Amado, Searching for the Lost Epic of the Tagalogs) (non-fiction/biography of Amado V. Hernandez). UP Press, 2010
2. Isang Imbestigasyon sa: Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Autobiography na Mali (An Investigation On: The Last Farm Girl and the False Authobiography), Anvil Publishing, 2011.
3. Armando, (sole authorship, biography, creative non-fiction), AVHRC Pub. Q.C. in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2006.
4. Etsa-puwera (Historical Novel), UP Press, 2000.
5. Ilang Talang Luma mula sa Talaarawan ng isang may Nunal sa Talampakan (Some Old Notes fom the Diary of a Wanderlust) A collection of essays. UP Press, 1998.
6. Ilang Taon na ang Problema Mo? (How Long are your Woes?) (non-fiction), Anvil Publishing, 1998.
7. Mga Daluyong, mga Unos sa Panahon ni Rolando Olalia (biography, writing grant), Kalikasan, Press, 1995.
8. Negros (1 short story, 10 poems, and an essay), Kalikasan Press, 1988.
9. Tutubi-tutubi, Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Do Not Let the Bad Guy Catch You) New Day Publishing, 1986/ UP Press, 2004
10. Utos ng Hari at iba pang Kuwento (The King’s Behest and Other Stories), New Day Publishing, 1981/ UP Press, 2002.
Other Written Works
1. Kung Paano Pinapatay ang mga Multo (Slaying Ghosts) (non-fiction), Philippine Collegian Literary Folio, 2006.
2. Column, Pinoy Weekly, 2005-2007
2.1 Ang Politika ng Ewan o kung bakit ang problema ni Kris Aquino ay problema rin natin, March 14-20, 2007, p.12.
2.2. Palengke, February 14-20, 2007, p12.
2.3. Survival Kit, Feb.14-20, 2007, p12.
2.4. Ang Papel ng Magandang Tao sa MundongTuliro II (The Role of Beautiful People in This Disturbed World I), January 31-Feb. 6, 2007, p12.
2.5. Ang Papel ng Magandang Tao sa MundongTuliro I (The Role of Beautiful People in This Disturbed World II), Feb. 12-23, 2007, p12.
2.6. Ang Problema ng Pagsusulat bilang Usaping Pangkalusugan II (The Problematics of Writing as Discourse on Health II), Dec. 13-19, 2006, p12.
2.7. Ang Problema ng Pagsusulat bilang Usaping Pangkalusugan I (The Problematics of Writing as Discourse on Health II), Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2006, p12.
3. Cultural Studies, Pinoy Weekly, 2005-2007
3.1. Trahedyang Pinoy: Sa Loob at Labas ng ULTRA (A Filipino Tragedy: ULTRA from within and without), Feb. 8-14, 2006, p12.
3.2. Pinoy Hallelujah, Nov. 23-29, 2005, p11.
3.3. Sa Pula, Sa Itim: Ang Problema kay Darna (Red or Black: The Problem with Darna), Sept. 29- Oct. 5, 2005.
d. Ang Pag-aapuhap sa Di Maapuhap na Idolo (Grasping for the Elusive Idol), June 22-28, 2005, p1.
3.4. American Idol: Ang Pagbangon sa nakalugmok na Imahe ng Amerika (American Idol: How America Reconstructs Its Tainted Image), June 15-21, 2005, p12.
1. Ang 13 Pasaway: Mga Kwentong Postmodern sa Filipino (The 13 Transgressors: Postmodern Filipino Stories), Visprint Inc., 2014.
2. Lyrics/Lirika, English Translation of Dong Abay’s songs, Editor
3. Bigkis, NCCA-funded project, Editor-in-chief and Introduction.
4. Likhaan Journal IV, An Anthology of Contemporary Filipino Literature in English and Filipino, Editor-in-chief, 2010.
5. Likhaan, Maikling Kuwento 1999, UP Press, 1999
6. Likhaan, Maikling Kuwento 1997, UP Press, 1997
1. Ultraviolins, Khavn Dela Cruz, UP Press, 2008
2. Mga Kuwento ng Batang Kaning Lamig, Nicanor David, Jr., Fox Literary House, Inc., 2008
3. Manual sa Pagpapatiwakal at iba pang Kuwento, Eros Atalia, U.S.T. Press, 2006
4. Alibangbang (ikalawang edisyon), Rolando Tolentino, Anvil Publishing, 2000
5. Pitada, Ely Guieb III, Anvil Publishing, 1994
6. Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, Edgar Samar, Anvil Publishing, 2009
7. Tugmaang Matatabil, Axel Pinpin, Southern Voices Printing Press, 2008
8. Mga Kuwento ng Pakikibaka, Cesario Y. Gerilyero Torres, Kalikasan Press, 1991
9. Peksman (mamatay ka man), Nagsisinungaling Ako, Eros Atalia, Visual Print Enterprises, 2007
10. Ang Banal na Aklat ng mga Kumag, Allan Derain
Lifetime Achievement Awards and Recognitions
1. U.P. Press, Centennial Publication Awards, for the Novel Etsa-puwera, 2008
2. Gold Prize Winner, Philippine Literary Centennial Publication Awards, for the Novel Etsa-puwera, 1999.
3. Gawad Natatanging Publikasyon (Exemplary Publication Award), (an award tantamount to an international award), Office of the U.P. President, 2001
4. Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas (Disciple of Balagtas), Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), 2002.
5. Dangal ng Lipi ng Bulacan (Pride of the Race), sa Arte at Panitikan, Provincial Government of Bulacan, 1994.
6. Patnubay ng Lahi sa Literatura (Beacon of the Nation in Literature), City Government of Manila, 2012.
7. PANDAWAN: Ani ng Sining ng Mga Bulakenyo, given by the Provincial Government of Bulacan, in cooperation with the Bulacan State University, February 2014.
8. Jun Cruz Reyes Marker, Walk of Fame, Bulacan Provincial Capitol Garden, Malolos City, Bulacan, 2001.
9. Most Outstanding Alumnus for Literature and the Arts, Diamond Anniversary, Hagunoy Institute, Hagunoy, Bulacan, 2001.
10. Cited in the Cultural Center of the Philippines “Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, Vol. 9, 1994, Manila.
10.1. p. 48- “…Jun Cruz Reyes uses “salitang kanto” or street language in his short stories to express his political leanings towards the masses, the one who use the language of the streetcorner…”
10.2. p. 256- “…Jun Cruz Reyes’ ‘Syeyring’ (Sharing), 1987, is an attempt at an inside look into the NPA by tracing the personal histories of the peasants who have joined it.”
10.3. p. 270- “Novel in Filipino: Tutubi! Tutubi! ‘Wag kang Magpapahuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly! Dragonfly! Don’t Let The Bad Man Catch You), 1982 by Jun Cruz Reyes…
10.4. p. 297- “…Among those who have given lectures for Katha are Jun Cruz Reyes, etc…”
10.5. p. 340- “Galian: Mga Akda sa Panahon ng Krisis, 1983. Editors, V. Almario, M. Bigornia and R. Villanueva. The short stories are by Fanny Garcia, Jun Cruz Reyes and Lilia Quinzoda Santiago.
10.6. p. 392- “Kamao: Panitikan ng Protesta 1970-1986 (kuwento) Editors, Alfredo Salonga, et.al. 1987. Kasama ang kwentong Syering ni Reyes”
10.7. p. 402- Cited Reyes’ “Utos ng Hari” as one of the “major works in short stories.
10.8. p. 495- “Reyes’ contribution to The Urian Anthology as member of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino”
10.9. p. 723-724 biodata of Jun Cruz Reyes.
11. South East Asia Write Award, Royal Family of Thailand, 2014
AWARDS FOR LITERARY WORKS
1. Imbestigasyon sa: Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali, Creative Writing Grant, Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, 2008.
1.1. Centennial Profesorial Chair Award, Universiry of the Philippines, Diliman, June 2012.
1.2. Filipino Readers Choice Awards, Novel in Filipino category, online, July 2012.
1.3. Gintong Aklat (Golden Book), National Publisher’s Association, August 2012.
1.4. Sole Nominee, National Book Awards, Manila Critic Circle, November 2012.
2.1. UP Centennial Publication Award, UP Press, 2008.
2.2. Gold Prize, Philippine Centennial Literary Awards for Literature, 1988.
2.3. Gawad Natatanging Publikasyon, Office of the President, UP-D, 2001.
2.4. National Book Awards, Manila Critic Circle, 2002.
2.5. Writing Grant, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1999.
2.6. Gawad Pagkilala, Most Outstanding Faculty, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 1999.
2.7. Resolusyon ng Pagkilala, Panlalawigang Pamahalaan ng Bulacan, 1999.
2.8. Resolusyon ng Pagkilala, Konseho, Pamahalaang Bayang ng Hagunoy.
3. Tutubi-tutubi, Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe
3.1. Certified best Seller, U.P. Press
3.2. National Book Awards, Manila Critic Circle, 1987
3.3. Grand Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1982.
4. Ka Amado, Ang Paghahanap sa Nawawalang Epiko ng Katagalugan (biography of Amado V. Hernandez), University of the Philippine Press
4.1. One of the nominated as the Best Dissertation, College of Arts and Letters, 2009.
4.2. Creative Writing Grant, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2007.
5. Armando, (biography of Armando Teng), Amado V. Hernandez Resource Center, 2006. Creative Writing Grant, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines, Diliman,2006.
6. Utos ng Hari at iba pang Kuwento, New Day Publishing, 1981/University of the Philippines Press, 2002, National Book Awards, Manila Critic Cirle, 1982.
1. Syeyring (Sharing), 2nd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1986.
2. Mga Kwentong Kapos (Unfinished Stories), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1979
3. Utos ng Hari (The Kings Behest), 3rd prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1978
4. Araw ng mga Buldozer at Dapithapon ng isang Bangkang Papel sa Buhay ni Ato (Day of Buldozers and The Twilight of A Paper Boat in the Life of Ato) , 2nd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1977
5. Mula kay Tandang Iskong Basahan, mga Tagpi-tagping Alaala (From Old Man Isko, Scraps of Memories) 3rd prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1975.
6. Isang Lumang Kwento (An Old Tale), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1973.
1. Ilang Talang Luma Mula sa Talaarawan ng Isang my Nunal sa Talampakan I (Some Old Notes fom the Diary of a Wanderlust I), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1986.
2. Ilang Talang Luma Mula sa Talaarawan ng Isang my Nunal sa Talampakan II (Some Old Notes fom the Diary of a Wanderlust), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1980.
1. Syeyring (Sharing), 3rd Prize, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1986.
2. Paano ba Humabi ng mga Pangarap (How Does One Weave Dreams?), Hon. Mention, Talaang Ginto (Citation, Talaang Ginto), Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (SWP), 1986
3. Isang Tula para sa Iyo (A Poem for You), Hon. Mention, Talaang Ginto, Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (SWP), 1982
1. Dumagat Ibong Lagalag (Dumagat, Wandering Bird), Outstanding Documentary Film, Catholic Mass Media Awards, 1986.
Other Awards and Honors Received
1. Gawad Leopoldo Yabes, Pinakamahusay na Assistant Professor, Collage of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2003
2. Holder, Gloria Villaraza Professional Chair, College of Arts and Letters, U.P. System. S.Y. 2000-2001
3. Most Outstanding Graduate Student, Chancellor’s Award, U.P. Diliman, 1999
1. Panelist. 11th Ateneo National Writer’s Workshop. Ateneo de Manila University. May 21-25, 2012
2. Speaker. “Fiction Writing” and “On Culture and Counter-Culture”, 72nd CEGP National Press Convention