Reynaldo Arquero Duque was born on October 29. 1945 in Bagani Ubbog, Candon, Ilocos Sur. He has worked as Managing Editor of Liwayway magazine. He was also president of Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano (GUMIL) Filipinas. Duque writes novels, poetry and short stories in Ilocano, Filipino, and English.
Duque has garnered 63 literary awards in English, Ilocano and Filipino, 8 from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 2 from the Palihang Aurelio Tolentino, 4 from the Gawad CCP sa Panitikan, 9 from the Gov. Roque Ablan Awards for Iluko literature, 3 from the Golden Leaf Literary Awards, 7 from the Talaang Ginto and Gantimpalang Collantes of the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, 2 from the Focus Philippines literary contest and Kabataang Barangay Playwriting Contest, and 2 from the Population Commission Playwriting Contest. He was National Fellow for Translation, UP Institute of Creative Writing and awarded Outstanding Son of Candon in the field of literature and journalism.
He has written novels and short stories in comics form which were published inBannawag, Bisaya, Yuhum, P.M. News, Balita ng Maynila, and various comics magazines.
His many books include: Ankel Sam, S.O.B. (1991), Centerly, Manong (1986),Dagiti Asin Ti Lasag (The Salt of the Flesh, 1975), Sika Amin Dagitoy (You Are All of These, 1974), Lumahai (Offering, 1973), Bannawag: Saanen (Dawn No More, 1972) and Aloha Nui Loa (Aloha My Love, 1972).