lumberaBienvenido Lumbera  was awarded National Artist for Literature in 2006 and was a recepient of various awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts in 1993, the Gawad CCP, Palanca Awards and other numerous awards.He spent most of his youth in Lipa, Batangas where he was born on April 11, 1932 until he entered University of Santo Tomas in 1950 to pursue a degree in Journalism.  He completed his M.A. And then his Doctorate Degree in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in 1967. Lumbera writes in English and Filipino and has produced works in both languages.

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