Stories created by various Filipino Writers have long been a part of our life and country. They give moral lessons, make our imaginations go beyond attainable ideas, broaden our mind and develop our thinking capacity. Stories have influenced and shaped Philippine History. They played an important role throughout the entirety of Philippine’s rich culture.

These stories were made by prolific writers with peculiar ideas. It was them who were brave enough to relay their ideas, to express themselves, acting as the voice of Filipino men. If not for them, our ancestors would be voiceless. They would be debilitated.

But who are the most influential writers that helped shape our history? That gave our ancestors the courage to express themselves? Who are they?

Let’s find out.

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Name: Carlo J. Caparas

Age: 57

Born on: December 15, 1958

Magno “Carlo” Jose Caparas, widely known as Carlo J. Caparas, is a Filipino comic strip creator/writer-turned director and producer, who is best known for creating such Filipino superheroes and comic book characters as Panday, Bakekang, Totoy Bato, Joaquin Bordado, Kamagong, Kamandag, Elias Paniki, Tasya Fantasya, Gagambino, Pieta and Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang, among others. He is also known as a director of numerous massacre movies such as Kuratong Baleleng and The Cory Quirino Kidnap: NBI Files.

Caparas was awarded the 2008 Sagisag Balagtas Award.

His contribution to Philippine History and Entertainment Industry are beyond compare. He has contributed numerous literary works that bought smiles and brough about lessons that we can use and apply in real-life situations. He took a large step in moulding Philippine History that will ever remain in every Filipino’s Heart.

A few examples of his works that mainly contributed to Entertainment Industry;

  • Panday
  • Kamandag
  • Bakekang, and such

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Top 9

Name: Mars Ravelo

Age: 71

Born on: October 9, 1916-September 12, 1988

Mars Ravelo was a Filipino graphic novelist who created the characters Darna, Dyesebel, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, Bondying, Varga, Wanted: Perfect Mother, Hiwaga, Maruja, Mariposa, Roberta, Rita, Buhay Pilipino, Jack and Jill, Flash Bomba, Tiny Tony, and Dragonna among others.

Mars Ravelo had greatly contributed countless literary pieces mainly in entertainment industry. He helped mold our imagination and even told the Filipino youth,

“Be what you want to be. Make your imagination as the source of your success.”

Most Remarkable Pieces:

  • Darna
  • Dyesebel
  • Lastikman

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Top 8

Name: Louie Mar Cangcuangco

Age: 29

Born on: March 26, 1987

Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco is an HIV researcher, best-selling novelist, and one of the youngest licensed physicians from the Philippines. He is the author of the multi-awarded Filipino novel Orosa-Nakpil, Malate and is currently working as a clinical research associate for the Hawaii Center for AIDS.

He made a novel mainly about erotica, but gave lessons and reflected on what’s happening in our generation.

Most Remarkable Piece:

  • Orosa-Nakpil, Malate

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Name: Gilda Olvidado

Age: 59

Born on: August 9, 1957

Gilda Olvidado, from Cebu City, Cebu, is a Filipino movie and television writer, and melodrama novelist. Her novels have been turned into live-action movies by VIVA Films, and also been remade for television through Sine Novela.

Olvidado had contributed greatly in Entertainment Industry through her novel-turned movies. She had kept us well-entertained by making absolute pieces.

Most Remarkable Piece:

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Top 6

Name: Nick Joaquin

Age: 87

Born on: May 4, 1917-April 29, 2004

Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín was a Filipino writer, historian and journalist, best known for his short stories and novels in the English language. He also wrote using the pen name Quijano de Manila. Joaquín was conferred the rank and title of National Artist of the Philippines for Literature.

He is considered one of the most important Filipino writers in English, and the third most important overall, after José Rizal and Claro M. Recto.

Most Remarkable Pieces:

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Top 5

Name: Lualhati Bautista

Age: 71

Born on: December 2, 1945


Bautista was born in Tondo, Manila, Philippines on December 2, 1945 to Esteban Bautista and Gloria Torres. She graduated from Emilio Jacinto Elementary School in 1958, and from Torres High School in 1962 being a lowest in her class. She was a journalism student at the Lyceum of the Philippines, but dropped out for the reason of failed grades. She started her writing career in the Liwayway magazine.

Despite a lack of formal training, Bautista as the writer became known for her honest realism, courageous exploration of Philippine women’s issues, and her compelling female protagonists, who confront difficult situations at home and in the workplace with uncommon grit and strength.

Most Remarkable Piece/s:

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Top 4

Name: F. Sionil Jose

Age: 92

Born on: December 3, 1924


José attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II, but dropped out and plunged into writing and journalism in Manila. In subsequent years, he edited various literary and journalistic publications, started a publishing house, and founded the Philippine branch of PEN, an international organization for writers.[1][2] José received numerous awards for his work. The Pretenders is his most popular novel, which is the story of one man’s alienation from his poor background and the decadence of his wife’s wealthy family.[3][4]

José Rizal‘s life and writings profoundly influenced José’s work. The five volume Rosales Saga, in particular, employs and interrogates themes and characters from Rizal’s work.[7] Throughout his career, José’s writings espouse social justice and change to better the lives of average Filipino families. He is one of the most critically acclaimed Filipino authors internationally, although much underrated in his own country because of his authentic Filipino English and his anti-elite views.

Most Remarkable Piece/s:

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Top 3

Name: Fransisco Balagtas

Age: 73

Born on: April 2, 1788-February 20, 1862

Balagtas learned to write poetry from José de la Cruz (Huseng Sisiw), one of the most famous poets of Tondo, in return of chicks. It was De la Cruz himself who personally challenged Balagtas to improve his writing. Balagtas swore he would overcome Huseng Sisiw as he would not ask anything in return as a poet.

Upon his deathbed, he asked a favor that none of his children become poets like him, who had suffered under his gift as well as under others. He even went as far as to tell them it would be better to cut their hands off than let them be writers.

Most Remarkable Piece:

  • Florante at Laura

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Name: Bob Ong

Age: Unknown

Born on: Unknown

Bob Ong, is the pseudonym of an anonymous Filipino contemporary author known for using conversational Filipino to create humorous and reflective depictions of life as a Filipino.

A Filipino Literary critic once commented:

” Filipinos really patronize Bob Ong’s works because, while most of his books may have an element of comedy in them, this is presented in a manner that replicates Filipino culture and traditions. This is likely the reason why his first book – and those that followed it, can be considered true Pinoy classics.”

The six books he has published thus far have surpassed a quarter of a million copies. His words of wisdom were applied by some of the Filipinos to their daily lives.

Most Remarkable Piece:

  • Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas
  • Alamat ng Gubat

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Top 1

Name: José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda

Age: 35

Born on: June 19, 1861


From an early age, José showed a precocious intellect. He learned the alphabet from his mother at 3, and could read and write at age 5.[14] Upon enrolling at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, he dropped the last three names that made up his full name, on the advice of his brother, Pacianoand the Mercado family, thus rendering his name as “José Protasio Rizal”. Of this, he later wrote: “My family never paid much attention [to our second surname Rizal], but now I had to use it, thus giving me the appearance of an illegitimate child!”[17] This was to enable him to travel freely and disassociate him from his brother, who had gained notoriety with his earlier links to Filipino priests Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora (popularly known as Gomburza) who had been accused and executed for treason.

Most Remarkable Pieces Rizal:

  • El Filibusterismo
  • Noli Me Tangere

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