THE University of San Carlos’ School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) proudly hosted National Artist for Literature Dr. Resil B. Mojares as the keynote speaker in the talk “Arts & Sciences: The Pillar of a University.” The lecture was the centerpiece of the SAS Academic Forum last March 27 at the Safad Theater, USC-Talamban Campus.
According to Delilah Labajo, chair of USC’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and History, the event pays tribute to Mojares’ achievement of being named a National Artist as well his storied tenure as a professor in USC’s arts and sciences division.
“This was the School of Arts and Sciences’ way of honoring an institution (in the university) and the National Artist for Literature—the pride of San Carlos and the pride of the School of Arts and Sciences,” she said.
In 2018, Mojares was conferred the title of National Artist for Literature, the country’s highest recognition for the arts, for his role in shaping the development of Philippine literature. A multi-awarded writer, historian and critic, his body of work includes “Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel,” “Waiting for Mariang Makiling” and literary portraits of eminent figures in Philippine society and politics, including Pedro Paterno, Vicente Sotto and Serging Osmeña among others.
Mojares is a professor emeritus for History and Literature at USC and is also the co-founder and former director of the Cebuano Studies Center, the country’s premier research facility on all aspects of Cebuano culture, society, and art based in USC’s Learning Resource Center. (PR)