Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ophelia Dimalanta, The Varsitarian Amihans, Thomasian Writers Guild, The Flame

Poetess Ophelia Dimalanta succumbed to stroke last November 4, and UST made a fitting tribute for her last Nov. 8 at the UST chapel. Ma'am Ophie's "literary children" and all UST students who became her students came in droves. As I said in my FB account, Ma'am Ophie Dimalanta did bring all her "children" together that night at the UST Chapel. Ma'am Ophie, there was, of course, my Sans Rival moment with you in Dumaguete, and, looking back, you made me realize, by paving the way to my Silliman workshop experience, how much, also, my father supported me at that time. Thank you Ma'am! Rest in Glorious Peace!

Read about some of the tributes for her:
By Lito Zulueta
By Jun Lana
By J. Neil Garcia
By Susan Lara
By Ramil Gulle

And for those of you who are in the dark about her, here is some info on Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta from The Varsitarian.

With J. Neil Garcia (middle). Photo by Benjamin Pulta
And here, in this photo below, are my co-V Amihans, The Flame staff, Thomasian Writers Guild (TWG) members gathering anew for dear Ma'am Ophie. 
From left: Benjamin Pulta (V Special Reports Editor, TWG), Jun Lana (The Flame, TWG), Nerisa Guevara (TWG), Georgina Nava (The Flame, TWG), Ramil Gulle (V Associate Editor, TWG)), Ralph Galan (TWG), Marj de Castro (The Flame, TWG), Reinerio Alba (V Literary Editor, The Flame, TWG), Jo LOntoc (V News, The Flame, TWG), Alma Anonas (The Flame, TWG), Alex Capiz (The Flame, TWG), Ivy Nicholas (V Literary, The Flame, TWG), Chris Cahilig (V Filipino, TWG)), Noel Rodriguez (V Sports Editor). Photo courtesy of Jilson Tiu (The Varsitarian)