In 1992, the Cultural Center of the Philippines conferred on Genoveva Edroza-Matute the CCP Gawad Para Sa Sining “for her valuable contributions in elevating the standards of the Tagalog short story and in forging a national identity through the active promotion of Filipino.” Fondly read for her stories and essays, Matute was born on 3 January 1915. A devoted educator, she spent many years as head of the Philippine Normal University’s Department of Filipino.
Two years later, ALIWW honored Matute with a public lecture. The critic Nenita O. Escasa engaged a young if alert audience with her perceptive take on the novel’s motifs of honor and redemption. At the program’s close, a grateful Matute came on stage to confess that she had to blink back tears, moved by Escasa’s lucid reading. With characteristic humor she added: such one-of-a-kind critic thrilled her—for obliging to find profound depths and grace in her modest piece.
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