Jose Corazon de Jesus


Now known as the King of the Balagtasan, José Corazón de Jesús was born in Manila on November 22, 1896. He wrote Tagalog poetry during the American occupation of the Philippines (1901-1946). His most famous work is the Tagalog poem Bayan Ko (My Country, 1929), which was used as lyrics for a patriotic song that became popular during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s. His pen name was Huseng Batute. He died on May 26, 1932, and is buried in Manila's North Cemetery.

TAGALOG POEMS BY JOSE CORAZON DE JESUS:

Ang Tren (The Train)
a Tagalog poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus

Ang Posporo Ng Diyos (The Matchstick of God)
a metaphorical Tagalog poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus

Bayan Ko (My Country)
a patriotic Tagalog poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus

Kahit Saan (Wherever)
a Tagalog love poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus

Ang Magandang Parol (The Beautiful Christmas Lantern)
a Tagalog poem about a beloved grandfather

Biyolin (Violin)
a metaphorical Tagalog poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus

Agaw-Dilim (Twilight)
a Tagalog poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus

Itanong mo Sa Bituin (Ask the Stars)
a Tagalog love poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus