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Federico Pasibe Pobre

Federico Pasibe Pobre was born on April 3, 1937 in Ilagan, Isabela, to a family of teachers. He studied in the public schools in his hometown; at Isabela High, he dreamed of becoming a priest. In a national Biographical Essay Writing Contest sponsored by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, he won a one-year scholarship at MLQU. He also studied at the University of the Philippines. On both campuses, he was known as an orator, student leader, and poet. He was a member of the UP Dramatics Guild and a contributing editor/columnist of PC. He organized the National Students' League of the Philippines in 1960.

At various times, he was supplement editor of the Evening News and editor of theCagayan Valley Tribune, Youth Clubber, UP Forum, Forest Echo, and Pasay Examiner . He worked for the provincial government of Isabela as mass media communications officer, and journalist then became correspondent for the Manila Bulletin. His poems have been collected into Tears of Summer, with introduction by Alejandrino G. Hufana (Labrador Publishing Co., 1965). He passed away on February 8, 2004.

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