Prof. Florentino Hornedo, one of the renowned philosophers, a literary critic, a scholar, a writer, a researcher, and an anthropologist, passed away last December 9, 2015 at the age of 77.
Prof. Hornedo was a prominent advocate for the preservation of culture and heritage in the country specifically in Batanes. He was involved in the Batanes Development Foundation Inc., and has played a vital role in the study of Ivatan ethno-history cultural expressions and traditional arts. His immense involvement in the propagation of different Philippine cultures led him in various teaching engagements at Ateneo University, University of Santo Tomas (UST), and St. Dominic College of Batanes. In 1971, he founded the St. Louis University Museum of Culture and Arts in Northern Luzon, the biggest museum of Northern Luzon and Cordillera Culture and Arts.
Aside from being a renowned philosopher, literary critic, anthropologist, and scholar, he authored several books in Philosophy, Education, Culture and History. His works included “The Power to Be”, “The Glitter of Gold: Batanes Cultural Heritage”, and “The Favor of the Gods: Essays in Filipino Religious Thought”, all dealing with Philippine history and culture. His most recent work entitled “Ideas and Ideals: Essays on Filipino Cognitive History” delved with the impact of the Philippine Revolution on the modern ideas of “heroism” and “patriotism.”
His awards included Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the National Catholic Authors Award, the Pilak Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Book Awards from the Ateneo de Manila University, the Batanes Provincial Achievement Recognition for Cultural and Social Research, the Recognition Award for Social Research from the UST College of Education Alumni Association, Inc., the Gawad CCP Award Para sa Sining for Cultural Anthropology, and The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Award in the field of Arts & Humanities.
Prof. Hornedo received his Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1961 at the UST. He earned his Master’s degrees in English and Philosophy in 1966 and 1972 respectively at the St. Louis University. Later on, he pursued in UST his PhD in Literature in 1977 and post-doctoral degree in History and Political Science in 1988.