Mila D. Aguilar

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Mila D. Aguilar (born 1949) is a Filipina poet and revolutionary, author of A Comrade is as Precious as a Rice Seedling and Journey: An Autobiography in Verse (1964-1995). She is also an essayist, teacher, video documentarist, and website designer.

As a poet, she has written about 300 poems in English, Filipino, and Ilonggo. About 125 of these are in her collection of poems, Journey: An Autobiography in Verse (1964-1995), published by the University of the Philippines Press in 1996. This collection contains poems from six books printed in Manila, San Francisco, and New York between the years 1974 and 1987 (including A Comrade is as Precious as a Rice Seedling), as well as poems written in subsequent years up to 1995. Two of her most recent collections of poems, Chronicle of a Life Foretold: 101 Poems (1995-2005) and Poemes Suisse (2005- ), remain unpublished.

In 1972, Aguilar was arrested by the Philippine government; following her release she was again arrested in 1984.

Ms. Aguilar has written more than a hundred essays, a handful of which were done when she went "underground"– first as an ordinary member, then later as head of the Regional United Front Commission of Mindanao, and last as head of the National United Front Commission of the Communist Party of the Philippines, from which she resigned in 1984.

She has produced, written, and directed almost 50 videos on subjects ranging from community organizations to regional cultures and good manners for government employees.

As a "webweaver", a term she invented,[citation needed] she has designed her own web pages as well as the website of a non-governmental organization.

She taught at the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines, Diliman from 1969-1971, and again from 2000-2006.


  • Josephine Bass Serrano, Trinidad Maño Ames, A Survey of Filipino literature in English, Phoenix Pub. House, 1988
  • Philippine Studies, Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2005
  • Zapanta-Manlapaz, Filipino women writers in English: their story, 1905-2002, Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2003.
  • Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of the Arts.

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