He has been a fellow at the Ateneo Writers’ Workshop, 1970; UP Writers’ Workshop, 1971; and Silliman Writers’ Workshop, 1972.
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He defended Antonio and he was crowned as “King of Balagtasan” by the Taliba ng Inang Wika or TANIW headed by Lope K. He has also served as director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the National Press Club; publisher of Agriscope, and chair/president of World Media Groove. his other works are found in Galian and New Poems in Pilipino.
In 1990 he became executive producer of the TV program (Eight Decades of Modern Poetry), “Isang Tanong sa Sarili” (A Question for Myself) and “Ako si Virgilio V. He wrote a Pampango passion play, Vitug has won the following awards; honorable mention, “Simula ng Gabi sa Luba” (Evening Commences in Lubao), 1969, and “Isang Tanong sa Sarili,” 1976, in the Talaang Ginto of the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, respectively; special award, Loyola Poetry Contest, 1972; and second prize, National Zarzuela Writing Contest for “Hoy, Boyet” (Hey, Boyet).
Balagtas swore he would overcome Huseng Sisiw as he would not ask anything in return as a poet.
(source: Talambuhay ng mga Bayani, for Grade 6 textbook)Balagtas' affections for MAR were challenged by the influential Mariano Capule.In 1987, the CCP Literary Contest awarded him a prize for his short story “Ang Walang Lubay na Istasyon ng Pag-asa (The Unending Stations of Hope and Search).The following poems have won in the annual poetry contest of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (oe KWF, formerly the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa and later Linangan ng mga Wika sa Pilipinas): “Kalatas kay Pinang” (Letter to Pinang) and “Umulan Man at Umaraw” (Rain or Shine); and “Malayo Na Ang Narating Ng Prusisyon” (The Procession Has Covered a Lot of Ground).In 1951, he was proclaimed “Prince of Balagtasan” by the Kapisanan ng mga Makata at Mambibigkas, along with Collantes as the “King of Balagtasan” after a heated poetic joust on the topic: Dapat bang Pairalin ang Import Control sa Pilipinas? He studied at the University of the East, and was a fellow in the writers’ workshops of the Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, and Silliman University.After Collantes’ death in 1954, Antonio and Caravana fought over the coveted title in a poetic joust on the topic, Alin ang lalong Mahalaga: Buhay Kahapon o Buhay Ngayon? He has worked as a reporter and/or columnist for the .Capule won the battle for MAR when he used his wealth to get Balagtas imprisoned under the accusation that he ordered a servant girl's head be shaved.It was here that he wrote Florante at Laura—In fact, the events of this poem were meant to parallel his own situation.He married Juana Tiambeng on July 22, 1842 in a ceremony officiated by Fr.Cayetano Arellano, uncle of future He died on February 20, 1862 at the age of 73.There is also a plaza and park (Plaza Balagtas) erected in Pandacan, Manila while most of the streets were named after various Florante at Laura characters in honor of Francisco Balagtas.His birthplace, Bigaa, Bulacan, was renamed to Born on 21 December 1953 in Hagonoy, Bulacan.