National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera passes away at 89

Published September 28, 2021, 2:16 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Bienvenido Lumbera

National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera passed away today, Sept. 28. He was 89.

The news was confirmed by his daughter, Tala, via a Facebook post.

It was then re-posted by talent manager Noel Ferrer, who thanked Tatay Bien.

“Pumanaw na ang ating Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining sa Panitikan BIENVENIDO LUMBERA kaninang 9:14 ng umaga dahil sa ‘complications of stroke,'” Ferrer wrote.

According to Ferrer, there will be novena masses and memorial services every 8 p.m. starting today until Oct. 6.

Happy birthday sa aming Tatay na 89 yrs old na ngayon at walang maintenance medicine na iniinom! May God bless you with good health and may He grant you the desires of your heart! We love you! ❤️

Posted by Tala Lumbera on Sunday, April 11, 2021

The National Artist Award for Literature was bestowed to Bienvenido in 2006.