Emmanuel F. Lacaba

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Eman Lacaba
Born Emmanuel Flores Lacaba
(1948-12-10)December 10, 1948
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Died March 18, 1976(1976-03-18)
Davao del Norte, Philippines
Other names Eman
Occupation Screen writer, editor, journalist
Years active 1950–1976
Awards The Cultural Center of the Philippines created the Gawad Eman Lacaba to young poets Award

Emmanuel Agapito Flores Lacaba (December 10, 1948 – March 18, 1976), popularly known as Eman Lacaba, was a Filipino writer, poet, essayist, playwright, fictionist, scriptwriter, songwriter and activist and he is considered as the only poet warrior of the Philippines.


Lacaba was killed on March 18, 1976 in Tucaan Balaag, Asuncion, Davao del Norte. He was set to go back shortly to the city for a new assignment that would have used his writing skills, and had agreed to write a script for director Lino Brocka once he got back there. He was 27 years old.[1]


Lacaba wrote the lyrics of "Awit ni Kuala", the song sung by Lolita Rodriguez in the classic Lino Brocka masterpiece 'Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang '. He also composed new revolutionary lyrics in Cebuano for some well-known folk songs.[specify][citation needed]

Awards and Honor[edit]

  • Lacaba is considered the only poet warrior of the Philippines and a genius while studying at the Ateneo de Manila. The book Six Young Filipino Martyrs states, "Not many poets are given the honor of becoming martyrs for their country. In the Philippines there are only two: Jose Rizal and a disciple he never knew."[2]
  • The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) confers awards the Gawad Eman Lacaba to young poets. Lacaba and his brother Pete were accorded the distinction of being among the top 100 Filipinos in culture.[3]
  • The Ateneo de Manila University paid tribute to Lacaba on December 8–14, 2002.[4]