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Well Known Filipino Writers

A reference made for students in search for past well known Filipino Writers.

Spanish Occupation

Since Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in the Philippines in the year 1521, the country was occupied by the Spaniards which lasted for around 300 years.  Spanish leadership was established by 1565 with the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi, the first Governor-General of the Philippines.  It was during this era that the Philippines produced many well known writers.  Many of their works were against the Spanish authorities to gain freedom for the Filipinos. 

The following are but  some of these writers who have made great sacrifices for the sake of freedom and liberty for the country:

Jose Rizal (1861 – 1896)

Dr. José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda. A national hero  in the Philippines, Jose Rizal was a patriot and a hardline advocate for reforms against the Spanish rule. He was also a contributor to the La Solidaridad.  Well educated, his most famous works were Noli Me Tangere,  El Filibusterismo and Mi Ultimo Adios. Works of literature  whose stories sparked a non violent revolutionary movement. 

Sentenced to die through execution by a military tribunal, Rizal was executed on December 30, 1896 making him a martyr of the Philippine revolution against Spain.  Other articles he had written were  El Canto de los DiosesA la juventud filipinaCanto del viajeroCanto de María ClaraMe piden versosPor la educaciónJunto al Pasig, etc.

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  1. GodsGrace

    On October 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm


    Good Post

  2. joelan19

    On October 20, 2010 at 11:53 pm


    Nice! :)

  3. Inna Tysoe

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:06 am


    Good one.

  4. crisdiwata

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:30 am


    Very historical. I think I add Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar. This is very useful for students who lack knowledge of their history.

  5. ysh.cabana

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:51 am


    I’m sorry to say sir but it was not after the voyage after Magellan’s did Spain was able to establish their first colony on Philippine land. Most of Ferdinand Magellan’s ships crew were defeated by early Sugbuanons, under the leadership of Lapu-lapu and only one ship was able to go back to their country after the clash.

  6. Richie Montalbo

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:54 am


    Most of our National Heroes are writers!

  7. PSingh1990

    On October 21, 2010 at 2:11 am


    Nice Share.

    :-)

  8. Mr Ghaz

    On October 21, 2010 at 2:14 am


    very interesting article..They’re really great. vivid memories indeed . good work! :)

  9. iamjadedangel

    On October 21, 2010 at 2:36 am


    Good post :)

  10. papaleng

    On October 21, 2010 at 4:12 am


    well-done bro.

  11. Simran Kaur

    On October 21, 2010 at 5:58 am


    good update

  12. nobert soloria bermosa

    On October 21, 2010 at 7:17 am


    these are among the best Filipino writers but only Rizal’s works are taught in schools..

    anyway,there were 3 spanish ships that left the Philippines after the battle of mactan but only one ship was able to reached spain…

  13. overclocked

    On October 21, 2010 at 9:24 am


    these writers are heroes too

  14. Rhodora Bande

    On October 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm


    I agree with crisdiwata: Balagtas, who wrote Florante at Laura, should be included. Apolinario Mabini should also have made it to the list.

  15. Rhodora Bande

    On October 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm


    Nobert: I will have to disagree with you. Although there is this course entitled The Life and Works of Jose Rizal that all university/college students must take, our schools also offer Philippine Literature. It is in this subject that our students are exposed to the works of other great writers who wrote during the Spanish period down to the contemporary period. (During the pre-Spanish time, we had epics and folktales. These are also taught in schools).

    In fact in high school alone, there is always a Filipino subject taught in every year level. Literature, as we all know, is used as the springboard for teaching language. Hence, our students know these writers from their Filipino subjects and from another subject in college entitled Philippine Literature in English.

  16. Rhodora Bande

    On October 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm


    Great article, by the way.

  17. bryeunade

    On October 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm


    Thanks everyone for all your comments. Cris and RB, I have taken note on your posts and have added the same. Thanks..

  18. sandcastle

    On October 26, 2010 at 12:25 am


    Controversial but nonetheless good post!

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