Fil-Am fic­tion­ist-teacher Paulino Lim to re­ceive UST award

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THE VAR­SI­TAR­IAN, the 88-yearold of­fi­cial stu­dent pub­li­ca­tion of the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas (UST), will con­fer its an­nual Paran­gal Hag­bong on FilipinoAm­er­i­can nov­el­ist and pro­fes­sor Paulino Lim Jr. for dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tion to let­ters.

The award is the high­light of the 31st Gawad Ustetika, the long­est-run­ning cam­pus lit­er­ary derby in the coun­try, on March 5, at the Bue­naven­tura G. Pare­des, OP build­ing of UST.

Started in 1997, Paran­gal Hag­bong is given by The Var­si­tar­ian to UST alumni for life­time achieve­ment in let­ters.

Lim grad­u­ated magna cum laude with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Education and like­wise earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in English from UST. He ac­quired his doc­tor­ate de­gree in English from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les.

In col­lege, Lim was reporter, cadet editor and as­so­ciate editor of The Var­si­tar­ian, where his short sto­ries were ini­tially pub­lished un­der the pen name “Mars.”

Born in 1935 in Ca­ma­lig, Al­bay, Lim is the au­thor of the nov­els, “Tiger Or­chids on Mount Mayon” (1990), “Spar­rows Don’t Sing in the Philip­pines” (1994), “Re­quiem for a Rebel Priest” (1996) and “Ka Gaby, Nom de Guerre” (2001), all pub­lished un­der New Day Pub­lish­ers; and two short story col­lec­tions, “Pas­sion Sum­mer and Other Sto­ries,” un­der New Day, and “Cu­ra­cao Cure & Other Sto­ries,” un­der Anvil Pub­lish­ing. He also wrote a schol­arly mono­graph, “The Style of Lord By­ron’s Plays,” pub­lished in 1973. The UST Pub­lish­ing House has pub­lished Lim’s “Mé­nage Filip­inescas : A Play in Three Acts.”

Lim is pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of English at the Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity.

Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents of the Paran­gal Hag­bong in­clude Na­tional Artist for Lit­er­a­ture and The­ater Rolando Tinio and Ro­ge­lio Sicat (1997); Gen­oveva Edroza-Matute (1998); Na­tional Artist for Vis­ual Arts J. El­izalde Navarro (1999; for his art crit­i­cism); Lilia Pablo Amansec (2001); Sr. Delia Coronel, ICM (2003); Na­tional Artist for Lit­er­a­ture Nick Joaquin, and Wil­frido Nolledo (2004); Zeneida Amador and Na­tional Artist for Lit­er­a­ture F. Sionil José (2005); Florentino Hornedo and Fed­erico Espino Licsí (2011); Rita Gaddi (2012); and Norma Miraflor (2013).

Jurors for this year’s Ustetika are Carlomar Daoana, Mookie Katig­bak-Lacuesta and Marne Ki­lates (po­etry); Vic­tor Em­manuel Nadera, Re­becca Añonuevo and Josél­ito de los Reyes ( tula); Sarge Lacuesta, Agusto An­to­nio Aguila and Francezca Kwe (fic­tion); Jun Cruz Reyes, Eros Atalia and Ab­don Balde Jr. ( katha); John Jack Wigley, Os­car Cam­po­manes and Shirley Lua (es­say); Bev­erly Sy, José Wen­dell Capili and Gary Devilles ( sanaysay); Chuck­berry Pas­cual, José Vic­tor Tor­res and Ralph Galan (drama); and Michael Coroza, Luis Gat­mai­tan and Edgar Sa­mar (chil­dren’s story).

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