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Francisco Baltazar, better known by his pen name Balagtas, is the acknowledged “Prince of Tagalog Poets.” His masterpiece is the popular Florante at Laura.
He was born in the barrio of Panginay, Bigaa, Bulacan on April 2, 1788 to Juan Balagtas and Juana de la Cruz. He obtained his early education in a parochial school of Bigaa where he was drilled in prayers and catechism. He moved to Manila to work as houseboy to the Trinidad family in Tondo. He was enrolled by the master of the house at the Colegio de San Jose where he took up humanities, theology, philosophy and canon law. However, he was more famous in Tondo as a poet and was a contemporary of Jose de la Cruz (more commonly known as Huseng Sisiw). He continued to write more awits, corridos and moro-moros.
He was imprisoned by a wealthy and influential rival. It was during this imprisonment when he wrote the Florante at Laura. Upon his release, he went to Balanga, Bataan where he got married and worked as an assistant to the justice of peace. He was later appointed lieutenant of the town and in 1856, he was appointed translator of the court.
Francisco Baltazar (April 2, 1788—February 20, 1862), 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.
More popularly known as Balagtas, he is considered the prince of Tagalog poets. Born in Panginay, Bigaa, Bulacan, on April 2, 1788. He wrote Florante at Laura, a masterpiece of local versification, upholding moral and social values; it served as the basic foundation of the Philippine literature. Died in Orion, Bataan, on February 20, 1862.
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