Cirilo F. Bautista, poet, fictionist, critic, and writer of nonfiction, was born in 1941. He received his degrees in AB Literature from the University of Santo Tomas in 1963, MA Literature from St. Louis University, Baguio City in 1968, and Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature from De La Salle University-Manila in 1990. He received a fellowship to attend the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (1968-1969) and was awarded an honorary degree-the only Filipino to have been so honored there.
He is a co-founding member of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC) and a member of the Manila Critics Circle, Philippine Center of International PEN and the Philippine Writers Academy . His awards include the Palanca, Free Press, National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle, Gawad Balagtas, the Pablo Ro man Prize for the Novel, and the highest accolades from the City of Manila, Quezon City, and Iligan City. Bautista was hailed in 1993 as Makata ng Taon by theKomisyon ng mga Wika ng Pilipinas , and t he last part of his epic trilogy The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus , entitled Sunlight on Broken Stones , won the Centennial Prize for the epic in 1998.
Bautista's works include Boneyard Breaking , Sugat ng Salita , The Archipelago ,Telex Moon , Summer Suns , Charts , The Cave and Other Poems , Kirot ng Kataga , and Bullets and Roses: The Poetry of Amado V. Hernandez . His novel Galaw ng Asoge was published by UST Press in 2004. In addition to being a Professor of Literature in DLSU-Manila, Bautista is also a columnist and literary editor of thePhilippine Panorama .