(October 18, 2001)
Some Current Positions: Chairman, Board of
Directors, Stichting International Network for Philippine
Studies(INPS), l989-present, and General Consultant,
International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS),
I. Academic Record
1. AB in English Literature, cum laude,
College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines
(UP), 1959; and Master of Arts in Comparative Literature,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of the
2. Membership in Honor Societies &
2.1. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu
International Science Society
2.2. ICA-NEC Teaching Fellowship, University of
the Philippines, 1959-61 & Jajasan Siswa Lokantara
scholarship in Indonesian language, Djakarta, Indonesia, 1962.
3. Teaching Fellow, English Department, College
of Arts and Sciences, UP, 1959-61.
4. University Public Relations Officer, Araneta
University; and Executive Secretary to Dr. Salvador Araneta as
Araneta University President.
5. Professorial Lecturer in English, Political
and other Social Sciences, Lyceum of the Philippines, 1964-67.
6. Senior Research Fellow & Associate
Professor, Asian Center of Graduate Studies, University of the
7. Chairman, Executive Council, Philippine
Center for Social Research, 1986-87.
8. Occasional guest lecturer on Philippine
politics, economy and culture in Utrecht University and other
European universities, 1987- present.
II. Political Record
1. Founder & National Chairman, Kabataang
Makabayan (People's Youth).
2. Vice President for Education, Lapiang
Manggagawa (Workers' Party), 1963-64.
3. General Secretary, Socialist Party of the
4. National Vice-President, Socialist Party of
the Philippines, 1965-68.
5. Director for Education, National Association
of Trade Unions, 1964-68.
6. Consultant, Malayang Samahang Magsasaka (Free
Association of Peasants), 1964-68.
7. Adviser, Pagkakaisa ng Magbubukid sa
Pilipinas (Unity of Peasants in the Philippines), 1969-71
8. Founding Secretary General, Movement for the
Advancement of Nationalism (a broad alliance of democratic
9. Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the
10. Chairman, Preparatory Commission of Partido
ng Bayan (People's Party), 1986.
11. Chief Political Consultant of the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in peace negotiations
with the Manila government, 1990 - present.
12. Chairman, International Initiative
Committee, International League for Peoples’ Struggle, 2000-01
13. General Consultant, International League for
Peoples’ Struggle, 2001-
III. Other Significant Information
1. Torture victim and political prisoner from
November 10, 1977 to March 5, 1986.
2. International University Lecture tour in
Asia-Pacific and Western Europe, 1986-88, on Philippine
politics, economy and culture in more than 80 universities.
3. Political refugee in the Netherlands, 1988 -
present. The asylum case is on appeal to the European Court of
Human Rights because of Dutch government refusal to admit him as
a refugee despite two favorable decisions of the Raad van State
(1992 and 1995) recognizing him as a political refugee and as
someone protected by the UN Convention on Refugees and the
European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and
4. Under continuing persecution by the Manila
government. A prize of one million pesos on his head, 1989-
5. Chairman, International Network for
Philippine Studies, 1989 –
6. Chairman, Center for Social Studies, 1993 -
7. Featured poet in poetry readings in the
Netherlands: a. Rotterdam, Poetry International (1994), b.
Vondelpark Poetry Festival, Amsterdam (1994), c. Poetry Park
(1994), d. Dunya Open Podium (1995), e. Nacht van de Gekleurde
Poezie-Kleurrijk Festival, Groningen, (1995).
8. Successful individual plaintiff in the human
rights litigation in the US against the Marcos estate.
IV. Publications (Abbreviated List)
1. Brothers (a collection of poems),
Manila, Filipino Signatures, 1962. This collection established
him as a nationally recognized poet.
2. English translation of the poems of the
Indonesian poet laureate Chairil Anwar, Djakarta, Jajasan Siswa
3. Struggle for National Democracy (a
comprehensive book of essays on Philippine politics, economy,
culture and foreign relations), Manila, Progressive
Publications, 1967. This has influenced the legal national
democratic movement since the 1960s. Available in Pilipino and
4. Philippine Society and Revolution,
Hongkong, Ta Kung Pao, 1971. This has been used by revolutionary
organizations as a basic textbook on Philippine history, basic
social problems and the national democratic revolution.
Available in Pilipino, English, Chinese, Japanese, German and
5. "Jose Maria Sison on the Mode of
Production in the Philippines", serialized in New
Philippine Review, Vol. I, Nos. 1-3, 1984.
6. Prison and Beyond: Selected Poems,
1958-1983, Quezon City, Asphodel Books, 1984.
7. Philippine Crisis and Revolution,
series of ten lectures delivered at the Asian Center of Graduate
Studies, UP, 1986. Available in Pilipino, English, French, Dutch
8. The Philippine Revolution, New York,
Crane Russak, 1989. Available in Pilipino, English, German and
9. Articles and editorials on major political,
economic and cultural forces, issues and trends in the
Philippines and Southeast Asia, appearing in Progressive
Review, Ang Bayan, Rebolusyon, etc.
10. Poems and essays on aesthetics and literary
articles in various periodicals.
11. Inclusion in major national and
11.1 Pintig, Volumes 1 and 2. Manila:
11.2 The Guerrilla Is Like a Poet, edited
by Robert Majzels
Dunwegan, Ontario: Cormorant Books, 1988
11.3 Brown River, White Ocean, edited by
Luis H. Francia
New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1993
11.4 Voices of Conscience (Poetry from
Oppression), edited by Hume Cronyn, et al. Manchester: Iron
Press Work, 1995.
12. Gedichten, Selected Poems, translated
from English to Dutch. Utrecht, Stichting INPS, 1993.
13. Ten volumes of selected works now in the
process of being edited for publication.
V. Literary and Other Awards
1. Literary Achievement Award for poetry and
essay writing from the Writers' Union of the Philippines, 1985.
2. National Book Award for Poetry (Prison and
Beyond), Manila Critics Circle, 1985.
3. The 1986 Southeast Asia (SEA) WRITE Award for
the Philippines for essay writing and poetry, chiefly for Prison
and Beyond. Prestigious literary award in Southeast Asia.
4. Special award of recognition for outstanding
contribution, as selfless and humane leader, patient teacher,
caring and compassionate friend and exemplary comrade to the
national democratic struggle of the peasants, workers and the
entire Filipino people., 26 November 1994: Kabataang Makabayan
30th Year (1964-1994).
5. Marcelo H. del Pilar Award bestowed by the
College Editors Guild of the Philippines as the highest accolade
to its most distinguished alumni for their continued service and
commitment in upholding and defending the people's rights and
welfare. Given to Jose Maria Sison, poet, writer, revolutionary
leader, during the 29th Biennial National Student Press Congress
and 56th Annual National Convention, 21-26 May 1998
VI. Editorial Work
1. Founder & Editor-in-chief, Progressive
Review (a political, economic and cultural journal),
2. Editor-in-chief, Ang Bayan (The
VII. Literary, Journalist and Cultural
1. President, UP Journalism Club, 1958-59.
2. Founder & Chairman, Student Cultural
Association of UP (SCAUP), 1959-62.
3. Member, UP Writers' Club, 1962-
4. Member, National Press Club, 1965-68.5.
Member, Afro-Asian Journalists' Association, 1966-
6. Member, Afro-Asian Writers' Bureau, 1966-
7. Member, Wereldschrijvers Werkgroep,
8. Member, Vereniging van Letterkundigen-Vakbond
van Schrijvers (Association of Literary Arts - Union of
Writers), Netherlands 1994 -