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Lualhati Torres Bautista

Lualhati Torres Bautista

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Lualhati Torres Bautista
 (born Manila, Philippines December 2, 1945) is one of the foremost Filipino female novelists in the history of contemporar yPhilippine Literature. Her novels include 
, and 
Bautista was born in Tondo, Manila, Philippines on December 2, 1945 to Esteban Bautista and Gloria Torres. She graduated from Emilio Jacinto Elementary School in 1958, and from Torres High School in 1962. She was a journalism student at the Lyceum of the Philippines, but dropped out even before she finished her freshman year. Despite a lack of formal training, Bautista as the writer became known for her honest realism, courageous exploration of Philippine women's issues, and her compelling female protagonists, who confront difficult situations at home and in the workplace with uncommon grit and strength.
Works as novelist
Lualhati garnered several Palanca Awards (1980, 1983 and 1984) for her novels 
 exposing injustices and chronicling women activism during
the Marcos era.
Short stories
Two of Bautista's short stories won the Palanca Awards, namely "Tatlong Kuwento ng Buhay ni Juan Candelabra" (Three Stories in the Life of Juan Candelabra), first prize, 1982; and "Buwan, Buwan, Hulugan mo Ako ng Sundang" (Moon, Moon, Drop Me a Sword), third prize, 1983.
 As screenwriter 
Lualhati Bautista's venture as screenwriter produced several critically acclaimed works. Her first screenplay was
 (Seasonal Sugarcane Workers), 1976, which exposed the plight of Filipino peasants. One of her best screenplays, also written during the same year was
Bulaklak ng City Jail 
 based on her novel about imprisoned women, has won almost all awards for that year from various awards guilds including Star Awards and Metro Manila Film Festival. 
Other honors
She became a national fellow for fiction of the University of the Philippines Creative Writing Center in
1986. Bautista also served as vice-president of the Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines and chair of the
Kapisanan ng mga Manunulat ng Nobelang Popular 
. She was the only Filipino included in a book on foremost International Women Writers published in Japan in 1991.
Short fiction collections
Buwan, Buwan, Hulugan Mo Ako ng Sundang: Dalawang Dekada ng Maiikling Kuwento

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