Florante at Laura

Florante at Laura is a Philippine literature classic written in the nineteenth century by Francisco Baltazar (1788-1862), better known by his pen name Balagtas. It is a romance in Tagalog verse. What earns it a distinguished place in the literary canon is that it was written in the most beautiful Tagalog at a time when the dominant language of educated Filipinos was Spanish. Balagtas wrote it while in prison in the 1830s.

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IBONG ADARNA – Tagalog

Ang korido ng Ibong Adarna ay ang kasaysayan ng isang hari na Fernando ang pangalan at ang asawa ay Reyna Valeriana. May tatlo silang anak na ang mga pangalan ay prinsipe Pedro, prinsipe Diego at prinsipe Juan.

Ang Alamat ng Ibong Adarna

‘The Legend of the Adarna Bird’ in Tagalog

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Florante at Laura (Buod)

Buod ng Florante at Laura

Ang kuwento ng Florante at Laura ay nagsisimula sa isang madilim na gubat sa may dakong labas ng bayang Albanya, malapit sa ilog Kositong na ang tubig ay makamandag. Dito naghihimutok ang nakataling Florante na inusig ng masamang kapalaran. Ang mga gunita niya ay naglalaro sa palagay niya ay nagtaksil na giliw na si Laura, sa kanyang nasawing ama, at kahabag-habag na kalagayan ng bayan niyang mahal.

Sa gubat ay nagkataong may naglalakad na isang Moro na nagngangalang Aladin. Narinig niya ang tinig ni Florante at dali-dali niya itong tinunton. Dalawang leon ang handang sumakmal sa lalaking nakatali. Pinatay ni Aladin ang dalawang mababangis na hayop at kanyang kinalagan at inalagaan si Florante hanggang sa muling lumakas. Continue reading “Florante at Laura (Buod)”

Noli Me Tangere (Introduction)

Jose Rizal started writing the first part of Noli Me Tangere in 1884 in Madrid when he was still studying medicine. After his studies, he went to Paris and there continued writing the novel. And it was in Berlin that Rizal finished the last part. Continue reading “Noli Me Tangere (Introduction)”

Noli Me Tangere (English Summary)

A summary in English of the classic Philippine novel Noli Me Tangere, written in Spanish by Filipino national hero Jose Rizal

Juan Crisostomo Ibarra is a young Filipino, who, after studying for seven years in Europe, returns to his native land to find that his father, a wealthy landowner, has died in prison as the result of a quarrel with the parish curate, a Franciscan friar named Padre Damaso. Ibarra is engaged to a beautiful and accomplished girl, Maria Clara, the supposed daughter and only child of the rich Don Santiago de los Santos, commonly known as “Capitan Tiago.” Continue reading “Noli Me Tangere (English Summary)”

Cay Celia (Kay Selya)

These verses are from Florante at Laura. Selya is the name by which Francisco Baltazar called his first love Maria Asuncion Rivera (MAR).

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Gubat na Mapanglaw

This excerpted poem is from Florante at Laura.

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Banaag at Sikat (Buod)

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