UPDATE: The BOOK is finally done: Book launch at 5:30 on July 6th, 2011 at POWERBOOKS STORE on Greenbelt IV,
Makati City. Everyone is invited. See invitation here.
The D Spot welcomes guest blogger, Tony Joaquin, nephew of the great national artist for literature, Nick Joaqiun, to write for us. He is currently writing The Nick Joaquin Biography.
In my recent visit to Manila last month, I pursued my research on materials, commentaries, and essays about my illustrious Uncle Nick or Tito Onching as he is know at home.
The fourth in the family of nine siblings with my father Ping being the eldest, Nick has effortlessly made a name for himself – and for the country – with his works. What is amazing says fiction writer Krip Yuson is that Nick does not seem to care the way he relates with his friends. And speaking of friends they range from taxi drivers, waiters, budding writers whom he advises from time to time, and the literary world of the Philippines.
At this point, it is my privilege to report that more and more comments either on live interviews or email messages from writers of fiction in the Philippines and those from other countries are reaching me for their contributions for inclusion in the biography. Someone commented that The Nick Joaquin Biography could be a significant one in the history of Philippine literature in English.
When Uncle Nick or “Tito Onching”, Philippine National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin died on April 29, 2004, Ed Joaquin, my first cousin began his role as official administrator of all by Nick Joaquin’s works. One announcement Ed made was for me to be the official biographer of our uncle Nick.
Incidentally, April 29, 2008 is Tito Onching’s 4th death anniversary–let us say some prayers for him, Bless his soul.
So, I ask interested readers and writers reading this entry to share and send their contributions to The Nick Joaquin Biography to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org with a face photo and return postal address [and if possible telephone numbers of sender].
I also thank Dine Racoma for her unflinching support of this project through her own personal efforts and time and now with this guest blog entry.
Tony is himself a prolific writer. Tony was a publisher of several trade magazines in Manila during the martial-law years up to the murder of Sen. Benigno Aquino, when he decided to move his family to Daly City, California. He was charter founder and past president of the Philippine Society for Training and Development and considered one of the country’s top experts on human resource development from the seventies and eighties.He was a contributor to the Saturday Mirror Magazine and other weekend supplement magazines in Manila, specializing in tongue-in-cheek essays.Tony is currently an active contributor to Filipino American publications in the San Francisco Bay area. He has written his autobiography, “Simple Glories”, which he launched on 11 October 2000.
He recently launched his mother’s memoirs, Sarah Joaquin’s (late teacher and drama director and actress) “Of Laughter and Tears”.
I myself am excited to see The Nick Joaquin Biography very soon.