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I’ve decided to try out something new, and I came up with the idea of Wednesday Wisdom.

Wednesday Wisdom will give me and the readers the chance to plunge into the world and words of established authors and poets. I think this time of appreciation and reflection is essential for all writers, because we need to draw inspiration from the works of great minds and we also need to be reminded of our roots — our tradition (hehehehe, blame it on Eliot :D).

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Photo. “Why You Should … Revisit T.S. Eliot”. Krempel, Lee M. Web. circlesixmagazine.com

T.S. Eliot in his critical essay entitled, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, said that poets have the responsibility to enrich their art by adding their unique “touch” to it. He also said that poets can only do this, if they know where their words came from — if they know their roots. Well then, let’s just say that I agree with Eliot, and so without further ado, let’s get ready to relax, stretch, savor and enjoy our tradition.

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Photo. “Kabe Pan at Dusk”. Lee, Richard B. Web. University of Toronto Research Repository.

To A Lost One
by Angela Manalang-Gloria

I shall haunt you, O my lost one, as the twilight
Haunts a grieving bamboo trail,
And your dreams will linger strangely with the music
Of a phantom lover’s tale.

You shall not forget, for I am past forgetting
I shall come to you again
With the starlight, and the scent of wild champakas,
And the melody of rain.

You shall not forget. Dusk will peer into your
Window, tragic-eyed and still,
And unbidden startle you into remembrance
With its hand upon the sill.

About the Poet:

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Photo. “10 Must-Read Pinay Authors”. Web. spot.ph

Angela Caridad Legaspi Manalang was born on August 2, 1907 in Guagua, Pampanga to parents, Felipe Dizon Manalang (born in Mexico, Pampanga) and Tomasa Legaspi (whom she hardly mentions). However, their family later settled in the Bicol region, particularly in Albay. Caring—as she is fondly called—studied at St. Agnes Academy in Legaspi, where she graduated valedictorian in elementary. In her senior year, she moved to St. Scholastica’s College in Malate, Manila, where her writing started to get noticed.

Angela Manalang was among the first generation female students at the University of the Philippines. Angela initially enrolled in law, as suggested by her father. However, with the advice of her professor C.V. Wickers, who also became her mentor, she eventually transferred to literature.

Writing

It was also during her education at the University of the Philippines that she and poet, Jose Garcia Villa developed a lifelong rivalry. Both poets vied for the position of literary editor of The Philippine Collegian, which Manalang eventually held for two successive years. In her junior year, she was quietly engaged to Celedonio Gloria whom she married. She graduated summa cum laude with the degree of Ph.B. in March 1929.

After graduation, Manalang-Gloria worked briefly for the Philippine Herald Mid-Week Magazine. However, this was cut short when she contracted tuberculosis.

Achievements

She was the author of “Revolt from Hymen”, a poem protesting against marital rape, which caused her denial by an all-male jury from winning the Philippine’s Commonwealth Literary Awards in 1940.

She was also the author of the poetry collection, Poems, first published in 1940 (and revised in 1950). The collection contained the best of her early work as well as unpublished poems written between 1934-1938. Her last poem, “Old Maid Walking on a City Street” can also be found in the collection. This book was her entry to the Commonwealth Literary Awards, losing to Rafael Zulueta y da Costa’s verse, “Like the Molave”.

Source. Web. Wikipedia

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