Fernando María Guerrero

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Fernando María Guerrero
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Fernando María Guerrero
Fernando María Guerrero Ramírez

(1873-05-30)May 30, 1873
DiedJune 12, 1929(1929-06-12) (aged 56)
Alma materAteneo Municipal de Manila
University of Santo Tomas
OccupationPolitician, journalist, lawyer, Polyglot

Fernando María Guerrero Ramírez (May 30, 1873 — June 12, 1929) was a Spanish Filipino politician, journalist, lawyer and polyglot who became a significant figure during the Philippines' golden period of Spanish literature, a period ranging from 1890 to the outbreak of World War II in 1940.[1]


Guerrero was born to a highly educated family. His father was Lorenzo Guerrero, a painter and art teacher and his mother was Clemencia Ramirez. He began writing literature at a young age. He excelled in the facility of language and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and the Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Santo Tomas and wrote journals during the years 1898 to 1900. He became a lawyer and he taught criminology and forensic oratory. He served as chairman of the board of study at the law school La Jurisprudencia (The Jurisprudence). He also became a councilor, secretary of the senate and secretary of the Philippine Independence commission. He was also a director of the Academia de Leyes (Academy of Regulation). Apart from Spanish, Guerrero spoke Latin and Greek and he was an editor of El Renacimiento (The Renaissance), La Vanguardia (The Outer works) and La Opinion (The Opinion). He was a member of the First Philippine Assembly, the Academia Filipina (Philippine Academy) and also became a leader of the Municipal Board of Manila. He was also a correspondent to the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in Madrid. His poetry book Crisálidas was published in 1914. Subsequently he published another verse compilation called Aves y Flores. Guerrero died on June 12, 1929, coinciding with that year's anniversary of the República Filipina (Philippine Republic). A school in Paco, Manila was named after him in his honor.[1]


A 1913 poem written by Guerrero:

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