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Fred Burce Bunao (1926-2010) Writes 30: Memorial Services on Oct. 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Saturday, 02 October 2010 22:17

 

P oet-pundit Fred Burce Bunao (AKA Godo Hill) passed away on Ocober 1, 2010, in Los Angeles, California, at approximately 7:00 p.m. He died peacefully while taking a pre-dinner nap. This sad news was relayed to this website by Willie Samson, an artist and a Bicolnon like Mr. Bunao.

 

The memorial services for Fred Burce Bunao will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038. There will a viewing of his remains from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A memorial banquet will be held immediately after the memorial services at the Salakot, a Filipino-American restaurant, which is located very close to the intersection of Alvarado St. and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.

 

Mr. Bunao retired in the early 1970s from the Manila Times publications, which were then headed by Don Chino Roces. He was said to be the favorite copy writer of the Roces patriarch.

 

Fred Bunao won the Palanca Award for Poetry in English in 1969. It is the Philippine equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He took up English Literature at the University of the Philippines. He was well known for his wit and humor. Some of his humorous comments and anecdotes are published in this website. This writer has dubbed Mr. Bunao’s exercise of humor and satire as “Bunaoism,” which is the title of his column to which he could not add more articles because of his failing health. Readers may type in “Bunao” in the Search button of this website to be able to read some of his witty remarks or funny narratives as this writer has collected.

 

Mr. Bunao was considered a literary giant despite his height. When asked how tall he was, he liked to answer, “Six-four.” To which he added the punch line, “Six inches and four feet.”

 

Aside from his award-winning poetry, the fallen pundit will be best remembered for cracking a satirical slogan that made the rounds during the martial-law days of the Marcos regime. To read Mr. Bunao’s funny slogan, please click on this link, Fred Burce Bunao's 1970 Slogan

 

Mr. Bunao was one of this writer’s six co-founders of the Media Breakfast Club, which held its first meeting on July 7, 1993. The other cofounders are Romeo P. Borje, Mar G. de Vera, Henry von Seyfriend, Carrie Garcia Lorenzana (now deceased) and Nena Aragon-Decena (now also deceased).

 

On Nov. 30, 2001, Fred Bunao was one of 11 recipients of the First Media Breakfast Club-Dean Jose Reyes Award for Journalistic Excellence and Literary Distinction. Mr. Bunao now joins the other awardees that have gone to the Great Beyond: Ben Alcantara, Max G. Alvarez, Vic Balajadia and Carrie Garcia-Lorenzana. The other living awardees are Val Abelgas, Regalado “Al” Alicante, Romeo P. Borje, Mar G. de Vera, Joseph G. Lariosa and Romeo P. Marquez.

 

The MBC tendered a testimonial dinner for Mr. Bunao in June 2009 at the Kapistahan Restaurant at the Luzon Plaza in Los Angeles. The dinner, as sponsored by Cora and Roger Oriel of the Asian Journal Publications, was the last public event that Mr. Bunao attended in Southern California. He stayed for some time with his daughter and son-in-law in Virginia.

 

Mr. Bunao served as the literary mentor of several journalists and book authors, including this writer. The poet-pundit is survived by his wife, Fe Buenavides-Bunao, and nine children, seven children-in-law and 11 grandchildren. # # #

 



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Comments (4)
1 Sunday, 03 October 2010 03:59
thanks for the post on fred bunao. please give us some updates
2 Sunday, 03 October 2010 11:05
Our condolences to the Bunao family and our prayers that God will embrace Fred as a son who did what he could in his own way that others may have dignity, peace and progress in this world.

Nene Pimentel
3 Sunday, 03 October 2010 18:04
My heartfelt condolence to the Fred Bunao family and to you, too, for he was your mentor and a person who was very special to you. In many of your stories you had mentioned Mr. Bunao as your inspiration for your biting satires and splendid humor. I've never met him, but through your writings, LOLO, I think I know him a little.

May he rest in peace.... And may his legacy live in you.

Jesse Jose
Seattle, WA
Dear Men and Women of the Media Breakfast Club of Los Angeles,

As we pray to pay our last respects to Fred, I thank him for all the goodness he has shared with us. He was a staffmember of the "Philippine Collegian," the tabloid of the University of the Philipppines when its editor-in-chief was former Senator Leonardo Perez, who was succeeded by Dr. Augusto Caesar Espiritu, former ambassador to Germany. Fred even then was already admired for his brief, philosophical poems, and was recognized as "the" poet of the national College Editors Guild of the Philippines. Later, he became active in the Alumni of the CEG, and again was popular both for his journalistc and literary talents.

He gave me permission to reprint one of his poems in "Selected Philippine Prose and Poetry"-- an anthology of contemporary writings. It was adopted as either textbook or reference in high school and college.

I had a brief conversation with him when I passed by California around 1985, and he told me he had put up a bakery. Now I understand that he was then already convinced that "walang tinapay kung hindi aalsa ang masa."--now a poetic recipe to solve the hunger of the masses.

A bouquet of prayers to Fred, and sympathy to his family.

Salamat.

Lourdes

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