A reference made for students in search for past well known Filipino Writers.
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 Dioses, A la juventud filipina, Canto del viajero, Canto de María Clara, Me piden versos, Por la educación, Junto al Pasig, etc.