The Faculty and staff of the College
Of the University of the East
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements in
Philippine Literature ZLI 111
Professor Marie Kathleen G. Javillonar
Lagurin, Charlene Mae B.
Pangan, Renzell Anne V.
BSIT – 2B
Ang Tundo man may langit din
Andres Cristobal Cruz
Andres Cristobal Cruz
Andres Cristobal Cruz one of the columnist for ISYO,
Malaya, Philippine Post, and Metron news. Writer Andres
Cristobal Cruz died of internal organ failure at the Philippine Heart Center last January 5. He was 74. An alumnus of the Up College of Arts and Science, Cruz – together with other
literary giants like Virginia Moreno and Alexander Hufana – formed the legendary writers group, The Ravens, in 1951. In 1962, Cruz was Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee for
Literature. His books and translations in clude Ang Tondo
Man May Langit Din, Ulilang Pangarap and Ang Lahat ay
While his numerous contributions span an entire spectrum — from literary masterpieces (Ang Tundo Man ay Langit, Ulilang Pangarap) to translations of great classics into Tagalog to the well-crafted speeches of celebrated government leaders — it is for his various columns and articles on culture and history that Cruz merits further distinction. A tool for instruction, albeit unconventional, his work takes a more popular approach to Philippine historical events as well as contemporary questions on culture and arts, making these more accessible to the man on the street.
In “Culturescope” (Philippine Post), Cruz regularly delved into issues surrounding the culture and arts scene. Later renamed “Inside/Out,” the column pursued its objective to disseminate information and opinion, that of Cruz and of others, providing readers a base upon which to formulate judgment. Bearing in mind the basic freedom,he provided means through which others might verify or disclaim opinions earlier cited. Indeed, that truly informed opinion can be found – and challenged!- is good news, especially at a time when many choose to idle as fence sitters.
Continuing his bid to popularize history, Cruz bagan another column, “Kultura at Kasaysayan” (Metronews), repackaging culture and history into bite-sized tidbits for the fast- paced and brisk lifestyle of Filipino commuters. Information comes by way of brief, entertaining items on Philippine culture and the arts, both traditionaland contemporary.
What began as an attempt to chronicle the centenary of the Philippine Revolution evolved into “A hundred Years ago” (Malaya), a collection of vignettes concerning the events, personalities, and issues of a hundred years past. Even as Cruz merges the artistry of imaginative literature with the discipline of journalism, he remains faithful to the tenets of sound research, providing reference to materials and documents relevant to the issues discussed. Moreover, he leads the readers to note observations about the relevance of these past events and issues to contemporary disputes and concerns. For these efforts to unceasingly yield results, Alcazaren highlights the need for a sustainable, larger urban context, saying that, “Single heritage structures cannot exist in a vacuum.”Government must draft laws and guidelines for the repair, conservation, and adaptive reuse of these heritage structures because, as Alcazaren intrepidly asserts,”..even more basic than all of these is keeping the infrastructure of heritage and our culture intact. Our built heritage is part of this vast Filipino resource we, aa too often, fail to appreciate.”