Today in Philippine History, May 27, 1893, Magdalena Jalandoni was born in Jaro, Iloilo City

Saturday May 26, 2012 ()

  
Magdalena G. Jalandoni poses before her portrait, with niece Ofelia J. Jardenil.   
On May 27, 1893, Magdalena Gonzaga Jalandoni, a Hiligaynon poet, playwright and novelist, was born in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Her works span from the coming of Malay settlers in the Middle Ages up to the Spanish and American colonial eras as well as the Japanese occupation of World War II, all portraying the history of Panay and the evolution of the Ilonggo culture.

Her famous poem "Ang Guitara" (The Guitar) is read in classrooms all over the country today.

Her other famous works include "Anabella", "Sa Kapaang Sang Inaway" (In the Heat of War), "Ang Dalaga sa Tindahan" (The Young Woman in the Store) and "Ang Kahapon ng Panay" (The Past of Panay).

Today in Philippine History,  May 27, 1893, Magdalena Jalandoni was born in Jaro, Iloilo City

Throughout her turbulent and displaced life, she still managed to publish 36 novels, 122 short stories, 7 novelettes, 7 long plays, 24 short plays and dialogos in verse complied in two volumes, seven volumes of personally compiled essays including some translations from Spanish and two autobiographies.

She has been displaced from her hometown twice and has survived the Philippine Revolution, the Filipino-American War and the Japanese Occupation.

In 1977, she received the prestigious Republic Cultural Heritage Award for her literary achievements from the government, about one year before her death on September 14, 1978 at the age of 85.

Her family's ancestral house still stands as a historical landmark and museum not far from the cathedral of Jaro.

Reference: Philippine News Agency


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