THE TRILOGY OF

SAINT LAZARUS

AN EXHIBIT ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF NATIONAL ARTIST FOR LITERATURE

CIRILO BAUTISTA

“The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus” by Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista is one of the most luminous achievements of the English language, of the Filipino writer, in any language, of the Filipino people.” – Dr. Ronald Baytan

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde through the Center for Campus presents
“The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus,” an exhibit on the life and work of National Artist
for Literature Cirilo Francisco Bautista

Bautista is a poet, writer, essayist, critic, educator and one of the literary icons of his generation.
His best known work is the epic poem “The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus,” made up of “The Archipelago” (1970,) “Telex Moon” (1981,) and “Sunlight on Broken Stones” (1999.) 

Born on July 9, 1941, Bautista received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Santo Tomas and Master of Arts in Literature at St. Louis University Baguio, graduating on both occasions Magna Cum Laude. He has a Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature from De La Salle University (DLSU) and remains the only Filipino to be given an honorary degree from the prestigious International Program at the University of Iowa, USA.

Portrait of Cirilo Bautista by Kevin Nuñez

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contemporary artists

Twenty-one contemporary artists respond to Cirilo Bautista’s “Trilogy of Saint Lazarus” by creating
zines interpreting Bautista’s poetry.

Assigned chapters from the books are Doktor Karayom, Gringo Benedicto, Stephen Matti, Thea Torres, Blic, Miguel Infante, Robin Ravago, Bayani Galera,
Regina Morales, Winna Go, Mariah Concepcion,
Tricia Castillo, Juluis Clar, Charles Mañez, Gab Brioso, Gabby Rosario, Walther Ocampo, Levyn Purcil,
Nel Banaag, Jackie Cruz and Isola Tong.

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architecture & multimedia ARTS students

Students from the Architecture and Multimedia Arts programs of the College of Saint Benilde respond
to Cirilo Bautista’s “The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus.”

Jackie Cruz, Tracie Bejar, Bea Carague, Kevin Nuñez, Aaron Yu, Janelle Gan, Emilio Tenorio, Gelo Fabian, Marco Ajero, Raine Sanciangco and Enrique Masias, using the concept of Text as Image, designed a
“House of Words,” a reimagining of the Bautista abode in Mayon St., Quezon City using architectonic volumes, graphics and text from the books of the Trilogy.