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Gregorio Taer Affiano

Born: Vigan, Ilocos Sur; November 17, 1934. Fictionist, teacher. He is the son of Esteban Amano and Olympia Taer. He obtained his education degree from the Philippine College of Arts and Trades in Manila. He was later granted a scholarship under the Colombo Plan to study in Tokyo, Japan. He taught at the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan, became principal then chief of the Education Department if the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trade (now a college of Don Mariano Marcos State University) in Laoag City. He is a member of Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano (GUMIL) Laoag, GUMIL Ilocos Norte and GUMIL Filipinas. He is at present a professor and administrator at the Don Mariano Marcos State University.

Amano began writing in Ilocano in 1957.That same year, his poem “Arado” was published in Bannawag. Since then, he has published many poems, essays on practical arts, and short stories in the same magazine. His best-known stories are “Dimo Koma Biroken Ti Kaasida” (Do Not Look For Their Mercy), “Talna” (Peace), and “Bubon” (Well). Some of his works were anthologized in Tugot (Foot-prints), edited by Onofrecia I. Ibarra and Hermenegildo A.Viloria and published by GUMIL Ilocos Sur. A former editor of the Philippine Educational Journal, he has also authorized four popular books on practical arts.

In 1986 he won first prize in the short story writing contest in the Gov Roque Ablan Awards for Iluko Literature

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