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Antonio B. Salazar

Antonio B. Salazar Antonio Bufete Salazar ) – b. Malinao, Albay 9 May 1907. Poet. He is the son of Ambrosio Salazar and Lutgarda Bufete. He studied for the priesthood in the Conciliar Seminary of Naga. He was also editor of the Bikol Reporter , a weekly newspaper in Legaspi City.

Salazar's works include the poems “An Pagtubod” (My Belief), which won a Catholic Faith Crusaders' prize in 1928; “Tota Palchea” (Absolutely Beautiful) which won the first prize during the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin in 1954; and “Sa Bicolandia” (In Bicolandia) which won second prize during a Penafrancia fiesta. He wrote the play “Tomog na Gikan sa Langit” (Voice from Heaven) and translated into Bicol Jose Rizal's lyric poems from the collection of Jaime de Veyra. He worked with Mariano Goyena del Prado on a Bicol translation of Rizal's Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and El Filibusterismo (Subversion) for the Jose Rizal Centennial in 1961.

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