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Dr. Florentino Hornedo

In the Philippine educational circle, the name Dr. Florentino Hornedo is synonymous with philosophy and culture; and when it comes to Ivatan culture, he is considered to be one of the ountry's authorities. He is a much sought-after speaker and ecturer, not only because of his intensity as a speaker but also because of his scholarly presentation of his topics.

His passion for propagating his knowledge of literature, education, phi-losophy and culture is also translated into the printed page. His publications include books and scholarly articles published in local and foreign journals. As a writer, there are 12 books to his credit as of 2004, and he had received numerous awards for writing both in English and in Filipino. Aside from writing, Hornedo is also a well-known editor of academic journals.

Aside from being an educator, Hornedo is also a Commissioner of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. In 2004, his efforts at promot¬ing culture has finally been recognized: he received the Pilak Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in recognition of his "service to culture, arts and community. His indefatigable efforts at promoting Ivatan culture and his tremen¬dous contribution to research on the matter, makes him the most appropriate person to be appointed as curator of the Prelate of Batanes by the Most Reverend Bishop Camilo Gregorio, D.D., Bishop of Batanes.

His various awards include the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the National Catholic Authors Award, the Pilak Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Book Awards from the Ateneo de Manila University, the Batanes Provincial Achievement Recognition for Cultural and Social Research, the Recognition Award for Social Research from the UST College of Education Alumni Association, Inc., and a host of other awards from different award-giving bodies.

Having been born in Savidug, Sabtang, Batanes on October 16, 1938, explains Hornedo's pride of his heritage and the tremendous work and time that he pours on the Ivatan culture. Hornedo studied at the University of Santo Tomas, earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude (1961). He earned two Master of Arts degrees from the St. Louis University in Baguio City, one in English Literature, Cum Laude (1966), and another in Philosophy, Cum Laude.

Not content yet with his academic degrees, he returned to the University of Santo Tomas to pursue a Ph.D. in Literature, Meritissimus (1977). Several years after, he took a Post Doctorate degree in History and Political Science Training in Journalism and Anthropology (1985).

Reference:

  • TOTAL Awards 2006 Souvenir Program
    17 February 2006, UST Central Seminary Gymnasium
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