CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

'The Crafted Fact: Cornelio S. Reyes' "Yesterday's Tomorrow"

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

Winter 1994

Publication Title

Philippine Studies

ISSN

2244-1093

Volume

42

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Excerpt

Over forty years ago, Delfín Fresnosa (1949) sounded an ubi sunt note of lament over the apparent dispersal of one of the important literary movements of the prewar Philippines: " Where are the Viray, the Cornelio S. Reyes, the Ocampo of the gregarious, militant days of the Veronicans?" Viray, a brilliant poet and critic, has, with his recent literary renascence in particular, answered with such productions as Morning song.1 Valeros and Valeros-Gruenberg (1987, 164) have answered for the now-deceased Ocampo: "He left artistic and literary legacies the Filipinos can pride themselves in." But Valeros and Valeros-Gruenberg have only two paragraphs devoted to Reyes, even though he is widely respected by knowledgeable readers. Two of his stories, "Problem of Living" and "White as Heaven," were selected to Fresnosa's "Roll of Honor" for 1948, and the latter was one of just four stories singled out by Viray (1949) for detailed com- mentary.2 Nor is it simply as a spearhead in an ambitious literary movement3 that Reyes has made his mark.4

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