The Launch of the Birth Centennial Celebration

of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin



National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Cultural Center of the Philippines



May 4, 2017 | 1:00 PM onwards

Various CCP Venues



The Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrates National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s life and works in fiction, poetry and essay. Various activities including the launching of commemorative postage stamp, performances, book fair, exhibition and other activities are aimed at popularizing his works among students, teachers and Filipino book lovers. 




Film Showing: Dahling Nick

Sari Dalena’s Dahling Nick, a three-hour masterpiece about Nick Joaquin, will be screened at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theater) at 1:00 p.m. Director Sari will grace the event and will be available for photo opps after the screening.


Nick Joaquin. He lives. Opening Program

To show that Nick Joaquin’s works are timeless and can transcend different art forms, CCP will present a program that includes Amada by Ballet Philippines, poetry reading by Jose F. Lacaba, a theatrical presentation of an excerpt of How Love Came to Juan Tamad and AVP presentation of Bisperas ng Liwanag The Opera featuring the libretto by Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, a Gawad CCP Awardee. The program will be hosted by writer Jose Dalisay, Jr.


Exhibit: Aparador ni Quijano de Manila

Curated by the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, the exhibit features personal items of Nick Joaquin such as polo shirts and a pair of leather shoes (a size 10!). Some of Nick’s portraits created by well-respected artists such as Danny Dalena and Edgar Tausan Fernandez are also on public display. The Aparador is open until May 14 at the Pasilyo Victorio Edades, 4th floor of CCP.


Small Beer: A Discussion about Life and Works of Nick Joaquin

Book lovers will be delighted to attend this segment. Writers Pete Lacaba, Marra Lanot, and Luis Francia will talk non-stop for an hour about their mentor and dear amigo Nick Joaquin. Small Beer also opens at 6:00 p.m. at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, 4th floor, CCP with the launching of Nick Joaquin Penguin Classic entitled The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic



All of the activities are free and open to the public. For details, please contact the Intertextual Division at 551-5959 or e-mail