Who is Florentino Hornedo and what are his contributions to literature?
FLORENTINO HORNEDO – Batanes native Florentino Hornedo is a scholar, professor, and cultural studies pioneer.
Prolific scholar-writer Florentino Hornedo is a professor, pioneer in cultural studies, and expert in Ivatan culture. He studied Philippine ethnic traditions, precolonial and colonial history, and contemporary society. He is also focused on studying the Ivantans, Bago-o people, and Kankanay culture.
He was a full professor at the Ateneo de Manila University, a professorial lecturer at the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas, and a visiting professor in 20 universities in different countries like Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and the USA.
Check out some of his famous books below:
- “Laji: An Ivatan Folk Lyric Tradition” (1979)
- “Pagmamahal and Pagmumura Essays” (1997)
- “Culture and Community in the Philippine Fiesta and Other Celebrations” (2000)
- “Taming the Wind: Ethno-Cultural History on the Ivatan of the Batanes Isles” (2000)
- “The Glitter of Gold in Batanes Cultural Heritage” (2000)
- “The Favor of the Gods: Essays in Filipino Religious Thought and Behavior” (2001)
- “Ideas and Ideals: Essays in Filipino Cognitive History” (2001)
- “Pagpapakatao and Other Essays in Contemporary Philosophy and Literature of Ideas” (2001)
- “Epics and Ballads of Lam-ang’s Land and People (Bago-o Traditional Literature of the Bakun and Amburayan River Valleys)” (2006)
Some of his achievements:
- commissioner of the Unesco National Commission of the Philippines
- commissioner for Ivatan language at the Commission on Filipino Language
- consultant to the Southeast Asian Arts and Culture project of the Asean and Unesco Center for Asian Culture in Tokyo, Japan
- chair of the Unesco International Committee and drafted the “Statement on International Intangible Heritage” at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. in 1999
- Parangal Hagbong for Lifetime Achievement in Letters from the Varsitarianduring the 27th Gawad Ustetika student literary awards
- several Palanca Awards for his essays
- Pilak Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2004
- Most Outstanding Thomasian Alumnus in the Arts and Humanities in 2006
- Catholic Authors Award
- National Book Award
- Batanes Provincial Achievement Recognition for Cultural and Social Research
- Recognition Award for Social Research from the UST College of Education Alumni Association
Hornedo was born on October 16, 1938, and died at the age of 77.
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