Rogelio Mangahas is a Palanca first prize winner for his collection of poems, "Mga Duguang Plakard" and for his critical essay on Edgardo M. Reyes's novel, "Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag." He co-authored and edited Manlilikha, an anthology of poems, considered by some critics as a monumental achievement in modern Filipino poetry in the 1960s.
He worked as editor-in-chief of Phoenix Publishing House and of SIBS Publishing House and taught Filipino language and literature at De La Salle University, University of the East, UP Manila and St. Scholastica's College. He served as a consultant for literature at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and country editor ofTenggara, a literary journal of Southeast Asia published in Malaysia .
He was a recipient of 'Poet of the Year' award from SWP and Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from UMPIL (Writers Union of the Philippines).
He was born on May 9, 1939 in Palasinan, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.