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Victor Jose Peñaranda

Victor Jose Peñaranda (his nickname is Bimboy) was born on 6 March 1953 in Isla de Convalesencia, Pasig River, Manila. His parents come from the Waray side of Leyte-Samar. He studied in the Ateneo and Philippine Christian University. He was an associate of PLAC and has worked through the years as journalist and community development worker, traveling extensively in the Philippines.

For a time, he was managing editor of The Evening Paper . He has one volume of poems, Voyage in Dry Season , Sipat Publications, 1995 [the poems there, under the same title, was 3rd prize in the 1985 Palanca, shared with Merlie Alunan and Juaniyo Arcellana].

Says the Penaranda: "There is no distinction between life and poetry. The poet is also a poem. I was both ephemeral and enduring. I trusted my heart and sought the islands, traveled to the mountains and the sea, marveled and ached for being part of an archipelago of desire. .Suddenly I did not belong to myself. I could not tell myself from the wind and fire of experience." ( Voyage , p. 8)

National Artist for Literature: 
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