Balagtas, who wrote poetry, corrido and comedies, was born on April 2, 1788. Florante at Laura and Orosman at Zafira are among his more popular literary pieces. For almost four decades, Balagtas lived in various places in the City of Manila, including Pandacan.
A new Balagtas marker will be unveiled in the April 2 event. LIRA founder and adviser, National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario (Rio Alma), initiated the marker’s revision. Almario will likewise deliver a public lecture titled Ang Bayan ni Balagtas.
The Francisco Balagtas Day celebration has become an annual pilgrimage for LIRA. In 2009, at the height of the National Artists’ controversy, LIRA mounted a symbolic clean-up of the shrine as a call for renewed commitment to Philippine arts and culture. Last year, the organization began work with the City of Manila to prepare for the celebration of the poet’s contributions to Philippine literature.
For inquiries on the event, please contact James Tana at (0915) 976-5157 or RR Cagalingan at (0917) 561-5024.