Dr. Edith Lopez Tiempo passed at 5.30 pm 21 August 2011. Her friend, Kerima Polotan, passed just days earlier. Both were literary luminaries who "influenced generations of writers" in the Philippines. Even Malacanang issued a statement on their passing.
Seems like I will be obsessing over the works of both writers in the coming weeks. One way, among many, to deal with grief, and gratitude for the gifts they've given to us all.