Florentino Hornedo Biography and Some Of His Famous Books

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.

Florentino Hornedo
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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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