In an announcement posted by the Filipino Institute of Translation (FIT), Asst. Prof. Alvin Ringgo C. Reyes, MA bagged the 2022 Timpalak Mario I. Miclat for his Filipino translation of Natsume Soseki’s classic Japanese novel, Kokoro. This project was held in celebration of the World Translation Day on September 30, 2022.
Reyes’s full text translation will be available by 2023. He is a faculty member of the Department of Filipino and was a researcher at Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. He is the immediate past Chair of the Department of Secondary Education of the College of Education.
This project led by FIT gives importance to Asian Literature and ensures that some of the monumental literary works are translated to Filipino. The best translation will be stamped with the said award that honors the celebrated writer, translator, and educator, the late Mario I. Miclat.
Kokoro, which translates to “heart”, is a novel published in 1914, which first emerged as serials along with Soseki’s other works. The works explore human grief as told by a newly graduate student who decided to learn more about life and decided to be under the tutelage of an old man whom he referred to as Sensei.
As the pages are turned, the readers are led to discover more about the relationship between the two contrasting characters, as well as the relationship between Sensei, his wife, and their deceased friend whom was referred to as “K”.