National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José died on Thursday night.
He was 97.
He succumbed before an angioplasty operation at the Makati Medical Center on Friday, according to reports that cited his wife Tessie Jovellanos Jose.
Sionil is an Ilocano born and raised in Rosales, Pangasinan, the setting of many of his novels.
He is one of the most widely-read Filipino authors in the world—one of the greatest fictional writers who has also written novels about the Filipino class struggle.
Sionil has written 14 books notably “The God Stealer” and “Waywaya,” and the novellas in
“Three Filipino Women.” But his fame rests on his five-novel Rosales Saga: “Po-on,” “Tree,” “My Brother, My Executioner,” “The Pretenders” and “Mass.”
Months before his death, Sionil regularly writes commentaries for Maharlika TV News.