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Paz Latorena

Paz Latorena – born in Boac, Marinduque. Fictionist. She received her elementary education in at the St. Scholastica's College and her secondary education at the Manila South (now Araullo) High School. She earned her bachelor of science degree in education at the University of the Philippines College of Education and took a graduate course at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). She taught English at the UST.

While still a freshman in college, Latorena started writing in earnest. Paz Marquez-Benitez, then editor of Herald Midweek Magazine , encouraged her to write and publish her works in the magazine. She became nationally known when Jose Garcia Villa included her story, “Sunset”, in his anthology Philippine Short Stories in 1929. It was considered the best published that year. Her works of fiction are included in the Philippine Prose and Poetry series which are used as textbooks in public high schools. Aside from “Sunset”, her best works include “Small Key”, inPhilippine Herald , in 1927; “Myrrh”, in Graphic , 1931; “Years and a Day”, inTribune , 1936; and “Desire”, in Literary Apprentice in 1937. All of them were included in Jose Garcia Villa's roll of honor from 1926-1940.

Latorena's stories have a wistfulness which tells of a gentle disillusionment with life. Many of her stories chronicle the unexpressed heartaches of women. There is bitterness, however, but sadness over certain dreams left unfulfilled.

National Artist for Literature: 
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