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State funeral for F. Sionil Jose on 18 January



National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose.

National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose will be laid to rest on 18 January at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

There will be a Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a state funeral.

José died on 6 January while confined at the Makati Medical Center waiting to undergo angioplasty. He was 97.

The inurnment is by invitation-only, in accordance with health and safety protocols.

Those who want to pay their last respects may view the live streaming on the CCP Facebook Page.

The necrological service and tribute at the Cultural Center of the Philippines has been deferred upon the advice of the family. Updates will be announced.

One of the most revered and read Filipino writers, Jose was known for his novels espousing national sovereignty and social justice, such as the Rosales series.

He was conferred the National Artist Award in 2001 for his outstanding contributions to Philippine literature.

The founder of the Philippine chapter of PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists), he received various accolades such as the CCP Centennial Honors for the Arts in 1998, the Outstanding Fulbrighters Award for Literature in 1988, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts in 1980, as well as several Palanca Awards.