Francisco Balagtas

[The Shakespeare of The Philippines, Prince of Tagalog Poets] (2 April 1788 – 20 February 1862 / Barrio Panginay)

Francisco Balagtas
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Francisco Baltazar y dela Cruz, known much more widely through his nom-de-plume Francisco Balagtas, was a prominent Filipino poet, and is widely considered as the Tagalog equivalent of William Shakespeare for his impact on Filipino literature. The famous epic, Florante at Laura, is regarded as his defining work.

Early life

Francisco Baltazar was born on April 2, 1788 in Barrio Panginay, Bigaa, Bulacan as the youngest of the four children of Juan Baltazar, a blacksmith, and Juana de la Cruz. He studied in a parochial school in Bigaa and later in Manila. During his childhood years. Francisco later worked as houseboy in Tondo, Manila.

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  • Pallon (5/15/2013 1:35:00 AM)

    Sean Carney, I see that you are a troll, but nevertheless allow me to enlighten you: FILIPINOS ARE NOT BLACK. They are Asians, and to compare Balagtas' works to rap songs is insulting and an utter show of ignorance and lack of appreciation for poetry

  • Sean Carney (1/28/2013 3:16:00 PM)

    i see nice poem
    this how the black make their raps songs

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Best Poem of Francisco Balagtas

To Celia

If I recall and read again
those days in love’s long-faded script,
would there be not a mark or trace
but Celia’s, imprinted on my breast?

The Celia whom I’ve always
feared might forget our love,
who took me down these hapless depths,
the only reason for this turn of fate.

Again would I neglect to read ...

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