Francisco Sionil Jose, national artist for literature, dies at 97
Francisco Sionil Jose, world-renown writer and recipient of the National Artist Award for Literature in 2003, has passed away Thursday night (January 6). He turned 97 last December 3.
The news was first confirmed by his wife Tessie Jovellanos Jose to The Varsitarian, the official newspaper of Jose’s alma mater University of Santo Tomas. Jose’s death came just a day before his scheduled angioplasty at the Makati Medical Center, as he himself revealed in a Facebook post earlier today.
Jose continued to be a prolific writer even in his 90s – often weighing in on national issues during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte like the shutdown of ABS-CBN and the recent Nobel Peace Prize win of journalist Maria Ressa through his Facebook page and weekly column on The Philippine Star.
PERSONAL NOTE: Nonewithstanding all his controversial statements in the past few years, I have a fond memory with Mr. FSJ.