Alejandria, Clemente

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Born: Canaman, Camarines Sur; November 23, 1895. Poet,playwright. His parents are Geronimo Alejandria and Victoria Bulocon. He finished his segunda ensenanza (high school) at the Seminario-Colegio de Nueva Caceres , Naga,later studying again in the Canaman Public School . He was a member of the writer’s organization Sanghiran nin Bikol.

Of his many works, only three poems are said to be extant: “Pagoroaggoyog” (Just Hum to Yourself), published in Sanghiram, 1927; “Estrella Del Sur” (Star of the South) and “Sa Madaling Osip” (In Short), which appeared in Bicolnon magazine,1940. Other poems were published in Kalendariong Bikol. His plays, now said to be all lost, include Prinsipe Lizardo (Prince Lizardo) and Prinsipe Fernando (Prinsipe Fernando).

Alejandria won second prize in the 1926 poetry contest for his translation of Jose Rizal’s “Mi ultimo adios” (My Last Farewell).

 

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