Family of National Artist welcomes award

CABANATUAN CITY—Though long in coming, it was still sweet when it came.

“We were overwhelmed,” Floriño Francisco said following the approval of the nomination of his father, Tagalog novelist Lazaro Francisco, as National Artist for literature.

Floriño, a doctor and writer, is one of the six surviving children of Lazaro who died in 1980.

“We thought we will not see it come. He was perennially bypassed in past selections,” Floriño, 70, said. “But, indeed, we are very, very happy about it.”

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