By Mark Anthony B. Gubagaras


Students of the College of Mass Communication offered prayers to UP literature professors Monico Atienza and Rene Villanueva, who passed away recently, in a candle lighting gathering held Dec. 7 under the Plaridel Hall skywalk.


Both Atienza and Villanueva taught at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the College of Arts and Letters.


Journalism student and League of Filipino Students (LFS)-CMC member Marianni Lasam said that Atienza “lived a simple life” as a faculty member. She cited Atienza’s readiness to help students, as seen in the list of accounts he had to deal with the Student Loan Board regarding the tuition loans of students who asked him to be the co-guarantor.


Communication Research department representative Airah Cadiogan read a feature article Lasam wrote for a Journalism class about Atienza’s life as a member of the student movement and as an educator.


Prof. Josefina Santos, officer-in-charge of the Broadcast Communication department, who also met Atienza when she was still an instructor, also credited the outstanding contributions of the professor during his teaching stint.


Atienza died on Dec. 5 in his house in UP Campus after being comatose for almost a year. He has been in such state after suffering from episodes of heart seizures due to the blockage of his air passage by an undetected mass in his throat. He was part of the First Quarter Storm movement during the Martial Law period.


Meanwhile, Villanueva, a prominent figure in Philippine children’s literature, died on Dec. 4 at the Philippine Heart Center due to stroke. He is a Hall of Fame awardee of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and was the executive producer of the early-90’s children’s show “Batibot.”


(With reports from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and


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