List of Filipino Writers

Filipinos are known to be artistic, creative, innovative, and talented. God seems to have given Filipinos so many talents and such talents include the skill for writing. The Philippines is consisted of countless writers. As a matter of fact, Filipinos are so talented in writing that even one of their national heroes used the pen as a weapon to fight during the war instead of firearms or other forms of deadly weapons. Such national hero wrote and wrote to express what Filipinos feel about the war.

In this regard, why don’t we discuss the achievements of some of the Filipino writers who have contributed a lot to the entertainment and the publishing industries of the Philippines.

One of the most famous Filipino writers is Antonio Abad who was born in 1894 and died in 1970. He hailed from Cebu, Philippines and was known as an essayist, playwright, fictionist and poet. Among the novels that Antonio Abad had written were El Ultimo Romantico, La Oveja de Nathan, Dagohoy, El Campeon, and La Vida Secreta de Daniel EspeƱa. The first two novels mentioned were awarded the Premio Zobel award in 1928 and 1929. This Filipino writer extended his contribution in the literary field by becoming a professor in such universities as the University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University. As a matter of fact, Antonio Abad was one of the founders of the Department of Spanish of the University of the Philippines. The son of Antonio Abad, Gemino H. Abad, was also a poet.

Another Filipino writer who contributed a lot in the Philippine literary industry was Martin Abellana, born in 1904 and died in 1989. Martin Abellana was a Filipino writer who hailed from the Visayan region of the Philippines. Aside from being a writer, he was also a teacher and was even elected president of an organization of Cebuano writers known as LUDABI. He served as LUDABI president from 1956 to 1958. Among his novels are Kinabuhi, Awit sa Gugma, Basuni sa Katingala, Tulisok sa Tanlag, Ang Kalayo sa Sulad, and Kaulit sa Kalipay.

Another Filipino writer who made a notable contribution to the literary world of the Philippines was Norberto L. Romualdez. He was born on June 6, 1875 and died on November 4, 1941. Among the famous writings of Norberto Romualdez were An Anak han Manaranggot, An Pagtabang ni San Miguel, and Bisayan Grammar. However, Norberto Romualdez was not only a Filipino writer because he was also a statesman, jurist and politician. In his time, this Filipino writer was even given the recognition as the Father of the Law on the National Language.

These Filipino writers indeed gave pride to all other Filipino people. They are the reasons why up until now, Filipinos are inspired to become writers and become famous not only in the Philippines but worldwide.