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: Biyolin (Violin)

This Tagalog poem was written by the prolific Filipino poet José Corazón de Jesús.

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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 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: Ang Magandang Parol

This Tagalog poem by Filipino poet José Corazón de Jesús is about a beautiful parol made by a grandfather. Parol is the traditional lantern that’s ubiquitous during the Christmas season in the Philippines.

Parol (Filipino Christmas Lantern)
Parol (Filipino Christmas Lantern)

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TULA: Sa Pamilihan ng Puso

Written by the Filipino master poet Jose Corazon de Jesus, this Tagalog poem is replete with deep meaning and insights. Its title can be translated into English as “In the Marketplace of Love.”
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Kamay ng Birhen (Hands of a Virgin)

“Virgin’s Hands” (1929) is beautiful, touching Tagalog poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus about how his love for a woman changed him for the better. It has been said that the hands of a virgin have the power to transform even hardened criminals into good men.

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TULA: Puso, Ano Ka?

“Heart, What Are You?” (1928) is a Tagalog poem written by the acclaimed Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus. He compares the heart to a bell and a clock, among other things, in the most insightful, poetic way.

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