Rest in Peace, Dr. Florentino H. Hornedo!

December 11, 2015
With warm prayers, 
the School of Humanities commends to our Lord, the Most High, 
the afterlife of our dear and esteemed colleague, 
DR. FLORENTINO H. HORNEDO 
(16 October 1938 – 09 December 2015).
 
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A native of Batanes, Flor Hornedo (as he was fondly called) was an esteemed professor of literature, history, philosophy, and cultural studies at Ateneo de Manila University. 
 
When he first came to Ateneo de Manila in 1973, he taught Literature and Ideas (among others) in the Department of English; doing so allowed him to bring in philosophy and history into literature.  During this time he also taught courses in the Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies departments.  His long term affiliation was with the Filipino Department starting in the mid-70s where he was Chair from 1979 to 1985.  
 
In the early 90s, Dr. Hornedo was among those who participated in the Ateneo Exchange Professors Program to the Department of Oriental Studies at Peking University in Beijing. There he helped develop a Philippine Studies Program which has remained robust and to which we continue to send faculty members from the Filipino Department every couple of years.
 
Even after his retirement from Ateneo, Dr Hornedo continued to teach part-time in the Filipino Department.  He also became more involved in graduate school teaching at the Pontifical University of Sto. Tomas where he obtained his Ph.D. in Literature meritissiumus, with a  dissertation on Ivatan Poetry Folk Lyric Tradition. 
 
Dr. Hornedo’s teaching expertise was also felt in classrooms overseas in his capacity as visiting professor in HongKong, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and the U.S.A.
 
As a writer, Dr. Hornedo was scholarly and creative.  His first book was published in 1979 and his last in 2006.  He was a Palanca-awardee for two of his creative works.  He also got the Catholic Authors Award from the Asian Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Manila as well as the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas given by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas in recognition of his contribution to ethno-cultural history of the Philippines. 
 
Outside of teaching and scholarship, Dr. Hornedo served the community at large.  Noteworthy was his post as a commissioner for the Ivatan Language at the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and as a commissioner at the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines.  He was the Chair of the International Committee that drafted the “Statement on International Intangible Heritage” at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in 1999.
 
On 14 March 2012, at the Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts,  the Loyola
Schools conferred on Dr. Florentino H. Hornedo, an illustrious Ivatan, with the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities for "his integral role as bearer of the Ateneo’s cultural traditions in literary studies, suggesting forms of transdisciplinary scholarship to understand Philippine vernacular poetics, through the lenses of philosophical inquiry and cultural anthropology.”
 
Dr. Hornedo may be in another state of life now but we remember him fondly for his scholarship, his dedicated teaching, and for his passion for the enrichment of our cultural heritage. 
 
Although he migrated to Manila from Batanes, Batanes never left him.  He carried it in his heart.  It informed his scholarship and life.  
He was proudly Ivatan forever. 
 
Beyond all this public image of Dr. Hornedo, close friends remember the side of him that can laugh heartily and punctuate it with his signature baritone! 
He will also be missed at Christmas get-togethers where colleagues would savor his homemade chocolate cake and bangus sardines!
 
Rest in peace, Dr. Flor Hornedo!  The God of love be with you.
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A memorial service for Dr. Hornedo will be held on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 at 2pm in the Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room in De la Costa Hall.