Today in Philippine History, March 10, 1906, Alejandro G. Abadilla was born in Rosario, Cavite

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Alejandro G. Abadilla   
(Alejandro G. Abadilla)   
On March 10, 1906, Alejandro G. Abadilla, regarded as "Father of Modern Tagalog Poetry", was born in Rosario, Cavite.

Abadilla, a Filipino poet, essayist and fiction writer, finished his AB Philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas in 1934.

His major breakthrough in Philippine poetry was when he wrote his poem "Ako ang Daigdig" (I am the world) in 1955.

His contributions to Philippine literature, extends to the essay, short fiction and the novel.

In 1932, he started his regular listing and evaluation of published poems in "Talaang Bughaw".

Today in Philippine History, March 10, 1906, Alejandro G. Abadilla was born in Rosario, Cavite

His published novels include: "Sing-ganda Ng Buhay" (As beautiful as life) (1947); "Pagkamulat Ni Magdalena" (Magdalene's awakening) in 1958, co-authored with Elpidio Capulong).

As critic, he edited "Parnasong Tagalog", where he collected for the first time in one book the major poems of Tagalog poets from the 1800s to the 1940s, and "Mga Kuwentong Ginto" (1936), with Clodualdo del Mundo Sr., Ang Maikling Kathang Tagalog (1954), with Federico Sebastian and A. D. G. Mariano, and Maikling Katha ng 20 Pangunahing Awtor (1957), with Ponciano B. P. Pineda, anthologies on the art of the short story.

Notably, he led the organization of Kapisanan Panitikan, composed of young writer in 1935 and edited a magazine called Panitikan.

He received the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1966 for his contribution to Philippine Literature.

He died on August 26, 1969 at the age of 63.

Reference: Philippine News Agency
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