TULA: Ang Salapi

Arguably the most insightful poem written in any language about the nature of money. Penned in Tagalog by the prolific Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus.

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TULA: Manggagawa

This Tagalog poem about how important a role Filipino laborers play in Philippine society was written by Jose Corazon de Jesus.
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TULA: Ang Tren

Tagalog poem written by Jose Corazon de Jesus

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Agaw-Dilim (Twilight)

The Tagalog poem Agaw Dilim was written by Filipino poet José Corazón de Jesús, who was known as Huseng Batute. The term agaw-dilim literally means “snatching darkness” or “grasping darkness” — it refers to twilight.

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Jose Corazon de Jesus

Known as the King of the Balagtasan and as Makata ng Puso, 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.

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TULA: Itanong Mo Sa Bituin

Ang tulang ito ay isinulat ni Jose Corazon de Jesus.

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TULA: Isang Punungkahoy

This Tagalog poem was written by the prolific Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus.

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Sa Bilangguan ng Pag-ibig

The poem “In Love’s Prison” was written by the prolific Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus.

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