Farewell To National Artist For Literature Dr. Alejandro R. Roces


MB.COM.PH || JUNE 2011

The nation mourns the passing away on May 23, 2011, of National Artist for Literature Dr. Alejandro R. Roces, an eminent Artist, Historian, Educator, Essayist, and Man of Letters.

Dr. Roces, popularly known as “Anding,” was Secretary of Education from 1961-65 in the Administration of President Diosdado P. Macapagal. During his term, he led the campaign to change the Independence Day from July 4 to June 12, recovered Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s manuscripts stolen from the National Archives, and caused the change from English to Filipino in the country’s stamp, currency, and passport.

He was Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board in 2001. He also served as member of the Board of Trustees of the Government Service Insurance System, President of the Manila Bulletin and CAP College Foundation, and Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Arts and Letters.

“Anding” came from the distinguished Roces clan of the publishing business, known for their humanitarian and philanthropic deeds. Born July 13, 1924 in Manila, he studied at the Ateneo de Manila University for grade school and high school, and at the Arizona State University for his degree in Fine Arts. He obtained his Master in Arts from the Far Eastern University.>>READ MORE

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