Agulto, Tomas F.

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Born on 21 December 1953 in Hagonoy, Bulacan. He wrote poems at a young age and had them commented on by his family and neighbors. He further honed his poetic skills as a member Galian as Arte at Tula , and went on to work on various jobs, especially in non-government sector, in pursuit of his own maturity. his poetry collections Lagi Na’y Kailangan Kong Gumising Nang Maaga at Iba Pang Pagdidilidili (Always I have To Wake Up Early and Other Redlections, 1981),Bakasyunista (Summer Folk, 1984) and Batanes at Iba Pang Pulo (Batanes and Other Lands, 1989) all won prizes in the Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. His essay “Ang Mga Badjaw sa Tungkalang” (The Bajao of Tungkalang, 1988) also won in the Palanca Award. In 1987, the CCP Literary Contest awarded him a prize for his short story “Ang Walang Lubay na Istasyon ng Pag-asa (The Unending Stations of Hope and Search). The following poems have won in the annual poetry contest of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (oe KWF, formerly the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa and later Linangan ng mga Wika sa Pilipinas): “Kalatas kay Pinang” (Letter to Pinang) and “Umulan Man at Umaraw” (Rain or Shine); and “Malayo Na Ang Narating Ng Prusisyon” (The Procession Has Covered a Lot of Ground). KWF has proclaimed him Poet of the Year three times, the first time in 1988 for his poem “Polusyon” (Pollution) and 2 nd Prize for the same award for a poem on the great plebeian Andres Bonifacio in 2009. His book Ang Magandang Babae sa Sta. Elena is an anthology poems, stories, and essays; while SA.BA.TRISa Masaganang Milenyo (2001) is a novel. His book of poems and essays, Kuntra Krusada is forthcoming.

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