Award-winning writer Edgar Maranan dies at 71

Published May 9, 2018, 3:08 PM

by Freddie Velez

By MB Online

Writer Edgar Maranan, known to his close friends as one of the most prolific Filipino writers, having already collected 35 awards for various categories of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature,died at age 71, after several months of being hospitalized for liver complications.

Edgar Maranan (photo by Reuel Agila)
Edgar Maranan (photo by Reuel Agila)

In an article posted on ABS News’ website, Maranan is said to have always kept a notebook so he could easily list down his thoughts whenever an idea came to him.

He wrote various short stories, essays and poems as well as 50 books in his lifetime.

For his work, Maranan was recognized by the National Book Awards, the NCCA Writer’s Prize and the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards.

Maranan took a foreign service degree at UP Diliman and wrote for the Philippine Collegian and eventually became part of the political science department.

During the martial law years, Maranan along with his wife became activists and were caught and imprisoned for two years.

His experiences while being imprisoned during those years became his inspiration for the play “Ang Panahon ni Cristy”.

Maranan became part of the Philippine Embassy in London in 1993 and after 13 years of service, came back to the Philippines to write full-time.