Manuel Rodriguez Lopez

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Manuel Oreste Rodriguez Lopez
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Manuel Oreste Rodriguez Lopez
Born (1934-12-11)December 11, 1934
Paradela, Lugo
Died February 13, 1990(1990-02-13) (aged 55)
Lugo
Resting place
Paradela
Other names Manuel Orestes Rodriguez Lopez
Alma mater Minor Seminary of Tiana and Major Seminary of Barcelona
Known for Poetry and Prose
Notable work "Galegos en Catalunya" I (1983) and II (1985) , "Soldada Minima" (1979), "Viaxes con Anxel Fole" (1988)
Home town Randulfe, San Miguel de Paradela
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Irene Lopez Gomez (O Paramo)
Children Enrique (1963), Santiago (1971)
Awards Various Literary awards (see article)
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Manuel Oreste Rodríguez López (11 December 1934 in Paradela, Lugo, Spain – 13 February 1990 Lugo) was a Galician poet and writer.

Manuel Rodriguez Lopez in the Rosalia de Castro park in Lugo

Biography[edit]

Manuel Rodriguez Lopez was born in 1934 in a hamlet in the region of Paradela. When he was six years old he moved to Barcelona and in 1987 he returned to Lugo. He studied Philosophy and Humanities at the Diocesan Seminary of Barcelona from 1946 to 1952. He then studied accounting and labour legislation. He worked as head of the department of administrative staff in a motorcycle industry (OSSA). He married Irene Lopez Gomez (O Páramo), and fathered two sons. He died from a stroke in Lugo in 1990.

Throughout his life he showed great concern for culture and Galicia during his long emigration in Catalonia, where he became the chronicler of all acts related to Galicia celebrated in Catalonia, as once established in Lugo.

Manuel Rodriguez Lopez was awarded in numerous literary contests. Highlights include the first awards for poetry ‘Meigas e Trasgos’ of Sarria in the years 1976 and 1980, the ‘Prize José M ª Chao Ledo’ in the III the Literary Contest of Vilalba, in 1977, and the first prize in the Literary Contest of Begonte in 1985. In prose, he won the first prize for ‘Nos’ (Barcelona) in 1980. In Sarria, two of his stories won the prize ‘Meigas e Trasgos’ in 1977 and 1986. In Barakaldo he won a prize in 1978. In 1985 and 1987 he was a finalist in the Features section in the Journalism Awards of Galicia.

Several songs were composed based on several of his poems by Suso Vaamonde, Xerardo Moscoso, Alfredo González Vilela and Mary C. Otero Rolle.

In the year of his death (1990), he was posthumously named "Fillo Predilecto de Paradela" and "Lucense do ano 1989".

Legacy[edit]

Manuel Rodriguez Lopez left a resounding legacy in the culture of Galicia, and in the emigré culture of Galician Emigrants throughout the world in his journalistic work, but mainly in his books "Galegos en Catalunya" I and II. Another legacy that he has left is that of the Literary contest in his name, which helps to promote aspiring authors and poets writing in Galician or Castillian. Manuel Rodriguez Lopez was a regular contributor to media in Galicia, Catalonia and Argentina. He was correspondent of Faro de Vigo and El Ideal Gallego in Barcelona, where he signed with his full name (Manuel Oreste). He collaborated regularly in El Progreso (Lugo), La Voz de Galicia and the local newspaper from Lugo Praza Maior (published by Lugo City Council). He was Official Chronicler of the Galician Centre of Barcelona, publishing numerous articles in the magazines Boletin, Treboada and Alborada from that entity. He collaborated with the newspaper Correo de Galicia and other newspapers and magazines in Buenos Aires and published several articles in the Galician magazines Coordenadas and Dorna. He also worked on Radio Nacional de España in A Coruña, and on Radio Popular de Lugo, focusing his contributions on issues of Lugo's history, monuments and travel.

Manuel Rodriguez Lopez Socio-Cultural Centre[edit]

In 1990, the first Centro Socio-cultural centre was unveiled in Paradela, then to be relocated to what is now the centre in 2001.[1]

Socio-Cultural Centre named after Manuel Oreste Rodríguez López in Paradela

The Socio-Cultural Centre currently houses a library, computer facilities and a usable hall, which the community is free to use. The Literary contest named after him has been held there yearly since 1995.[1] This contest is run by Paradela Town Council and reached the 17th Edition in 2012.[2]

Library at the Socio-Cultural Centre dedicated to Manuel Rodriguez Lopez

Publications[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • Poemas populares galegos (1968)
  • Saudade no bulleiro (1970)
  • Soldada mínima (1979)
  • Onte e hoxe vivencial (1995)
  • A Atlántida (1995), translation from Catalan to Galician of the book by Jacint Verdaguer.
  • Manuel Rodríguez López. Poesía completa (2009)

Prose[edit]

  • Reencontro coa aldea (1983)
  • Galegos en Catalunya 1978-1982 (1983)
  • Galegos en Catalunya-2 (1985)
  • Viaxes con Ánxel Fole (1988)
  • Festa da Virxe das Dores de Paradela 1989 (1989)
  • Volta a España a pé (1990), translation from Spanish to Galician of the book by Manolo Silva

Collaborations in collective books[edit]

  • Homaxe ó Che (1970)
  • A Nosa Terra from "Libro de Oro", in the 100th anniversary of Ramón Cabanillas (1976)
  • Homenaxe multinacional a Castelao (1976)
  • Galicia no ano 1979 (1979)
  • José Mª Acuña (1983)
  • Os escritores lucenses arredor de Fole (1986)
  • Voces poéticas (1987)
  • Paradela y su concello (1990)
  • Aliad-Ultreia. Poesía. Pintura (1993)

Sources[edit]

  • Gran Enciclopedia Gallega
  • Medio cento de galegos e Rosalía (1983)
  • 88 gallegos: una tierra a traves de sus gentes (1983)
  • De Pondal a Novoneyra (1984)
  • Diccionario de escritores en lingua galega (1990)
  • Un paso de poesía. Poesía Galega 1961-1975 (libro e vídeo, 1993)
  • Diccionario da literatura galega. I. Autores (1995)
  • Diccionario de Fole (1997)
  • Alén do azul. Unha ducia de poetas galegos en Catalunya (1999)
  • Vida e obra de Manuel Rodríguez López (2000)

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