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Renowned author and activist Lualhati Bautista passes away at 77

Renowned author and activist Lualhati Bautista passes away at 77

On Sunday, February 12, award-winning author and activist Lualhati Bautista passed away. She is best known for her best works such as Dekada ’70 and Bata, Bata…Pa’no Ka Ginawa.

Throughout her impressive career as a novelist, she was also a screenplay writer with her film Bulaklak sa City Jail, starring Nora Aunor. It won best story and best screenplay at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1984.

In addition, she served as vice president of the Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines and as chair of the Kapisanan ng mga Manunulat ng Nobelang Popular.

In 2022, Lualhati was given recognition at the Gawad CCP Para Sa Sinning for her outstanding contribution to literature.

Lualhati’s cousin, Sonny Rose Samonte, confirmed the news in a Facebook post. She wrote, “Sad news for our Torres clan. Our first cousin, Lualhati Bautista, died at 77 years old this morning.”

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Photo from Lualhati Bautista’s Facebook page

Aside from Sonny, another cousin named Maria Rosario, also posted on social media about Laulhati’s death. She wrote,

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“My first cousin Ms. Lualhati Bautista, well-known writer, novelist, a feminist, known for her advocacy on women’s rights passed away this morning. I, together with my siblings, are deeply saddened by her passing.”

Lualhati Bautista’s cousin Maria Rosario on the death of the well-known author

Lualhati Bautista, indeed a legend who woke the minds of the Filipino people will always remain an inspiration to the youth who aim to initiate change in the community. Our hero, you will never be forgotten.

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