Art and the Filipino people's struggle for self-sovereignty, equality, and genuine freedom can never be separated. They go hand in hand.
Last April 15, honoring the 80th birthday of Ramon Magsaysay Awardee (Asia's version of the Nobel prize) and National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, the Filipino people coming from different walks of life including the urban poor (as represented by the ever active and super inspiration Nanay Mameng), the academe, farmers' groups, and the artists' circle.
The videos are in Filipino (Tagalog), so please forgive me, but they tell a story of who and what Bien Lumbera is - his driving force, his inspiration, his role in the Filipino people's struggle, and his romance with the Filipino people.
The following is a video on the ceremony that honored a true people's artist and people's teacher, from Bulatlat:
Here is another video on Bien Lumbera by Tudla Productions: