Lualhati Torres Bautista (December 2, 1945 – February 12, 2023) was a Filipina writer, novelist, liberal activist and political critic.

Lualhati Bautista’s Dekada ’70 follows the narrative of a middle-class family–the Bartolome family–as they live under the precarious milieu caused by President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ Martial Law. It traces the activities of the Bartolomes as they witness the radicalization of the society as seen in the growth of the underground movement and the First Quarter Storm. The novel also recounts the struggles of the family who experienced the military’s witch-hunt for activists at the height of the dictatorship which eventually wanes at the dawn of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. The novel paints a vivid picture of the struggles of individual family members as they confront bitter political realities that threaten to tear them apart. It is both heartwarming and hard-hitting, often portraying how the political is personal and how the personal is political. The novel was awarded the 1983 Palanca Award Grand Prize.