Beng condoles with Enriquez family PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:02

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday extended her condolences to the family of Zamnboangueño and two-time Palanca-Award Grand prize winning novelist and short story writer Antonio Reyes Enriquez who passed away in Cagayan de Oro City Saturday, June 14 due to complications arising from diabetes.

Climaco said Enriquez’ demise is a great loss to Zamboanga, as he was one of the greatest fictionists and novelists of his time.

When she was Congresswoman of the City’s 1st District, Climaco worked together with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University through its Ateneo Center for Leadership and Governance (ACLG) and School of Liberal Arts (SLA) for the launching of the book “The Activist”, Enriquez’ 5th book.

The fictional book got its inspiration from the life story of the late Zamboanga City Mayor Cesar C. Climaco, uncle of Mayor Beng Climaco.

Enriquez passed away at 9PM Saturday at Madonna and Child Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. He is survived by his wife Joy Viernes Enriquez and children.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Kape Zambo, and TOKO Productions have organized a memorial tribute in honor of Antonio Tony Enriquez on Monday, June 16 at 6:30 pm during Open Mic Mondays at Kape Zambo Canelar and on Wednesday, June 18 at 6pm at the Jose Maria Rosauro Bldg. in ADZU.

In the article “The Activist” published on March 10, 2011, the Daily Zamboanga Times said Enriquez completed his elementary and high school level at ADZU. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Major in Creative Writing at Siliman University. He wrote over 50 short stories published as collection (UQP, Australia, New Daye Publisher and Giraffe Books Philippines) and anthologies, five published novels here and abroad (UQP Australia, Philippines: New Day Publisher and Giraffe Book, Up Press and UST Publishing House; anthologies, translation stories in Korean and German) and a historical novel The Survivors for publication next year.

He received various award including the most prestigious literally prize for his novel. These awards are 2 Don Carlos Palanca Grand Award for Short Story, 2 Don Carlos Palanca Award for Novel, and the UMPHIL 1995 Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Award for fiction (Goethe Institute). In 2000, he was awarded by Princess Bajrakitiyabba of Thailand in a gala ceremony in Bangkok, the South East Asia Write Award 2000, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland, 2002), UP National Fellow Lifetime Award in Literature, and many other award and citation for his literacy works.

Aside from writing he also served as an English instructor, clerk, columnist, radio host, government information assistant regional director, and officer-in-charge, geodetic surveying group head, and writers workshop director. He is now based in Cagayan de Oro City, the same DZT article said. — Sheila Covarrubias