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Name: Bienvenido N. Santos                                                             
Born: 1911                                                                             
Died: 1996                                                                             
Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996) is a very important Filipino-American                 
fictionist, poet and nonfiction writer. He was born raised in Tondo, Manila. His       
family roots are originally from Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines. He lived in the         
United States for many years where he is widely credited as a pioneering Asian-American
Santos received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the                 
Philippines where he first studied creative writing under the tutelage of             
pioneering fictionist Paz Marquez Benitez. Santos was a government pensionado (scholar)
to the United States at the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and           
Harvard University in 1941. During World War II, he served with the Philippine         
government in exile under President Manuel L. Quezon in Washington, D.C.               
together with the playwright Severino Montano and Philippine National Artist           
Jose Garcia Villa.                                                                     
Santos received honorary doctorate degrees in Humanities and Letters from the         
University of the Philippines, and Bicol University (Legazpi City, Albay) in           
1981. He was also a Professor of Creative Writing and Distinguished Writer in         
Residence at the Wichita State University (Kansas, U.S.A.) from 1973 to 1982.         
Santos also received an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Wichita       
State University in 1982. After his retirement, Santos became Visiting Writer         
and Artist at De La Salle University in Manila.