Gumer M. Rafanan was born on 13 January 1931 in Pilar, Cebu. He received his BSE degree from the University of the Visayas in Cebu City, and BSBA degree from St. Peter's College in Iligan City. He has written and published more than 800 short stories, poems, articles, essays, and plays; and at least 24 novels in Cebuano. Among his most noted stories were "Hagip-ot Nga kalibotan, Madulom Nga Kalibotan," "Usa Ka Kumkom Nga Bugas," "Kadtong Itom nga Bathala," "Ulbo sa Kadalanan," and "Bulak sa Kinatumyan sa Dakit." His serialized novels include Maratabat; Landong sa Katahap; Pantaw Ragat; Banagbanag sa Habagatan; Mutya sa Apo; Magindanaw; Ang Gikalisangan sa Pantao-Ragat. He received 72 writing awards, including Ludabi Hall of Fame Award for Visayan Writing (1993); Bathalad-Mindanao Hall of Fame Award for Literature (2001); Outstanding Citizen of Iligan City for Literature (1993); and a CCP Literature Grant for translating Sulpicio Osorio's Mga Bungsod Nga Gipangguba (1994). He wrote columns for Parish Bulletin, Lanao Mail, Gold Star Daily, Banat News, and Iligan Review.