Severino Reyes

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Severino Reyes
Born (1861-02-11)February 11, 1861
Santa Cruz, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died September 15, 1942(1942-09-15) (aged 81)
Pen name Lola Basyang
Occupation Writer
Language Tagalog, Spanish, English
Alma mater Colegio de San Juan de Letran, University of Santo Tomas
Genre Plays
Notable works Walang Sugat (literally "No Wounds", meaning "not wounded", with the concept of being "unscathed")
Children Pedrito Reyes, Jose Reyes and Torcuato Reyes

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Severino Reyes (February 11, 1861 – September 15, 1942) was a Filipino writer, playwright, and director of plays. He used the pen name Lola Basyang.[1][2] He was nicknamed "Don Binoy".

Career[edit]

Reyes wrote 26 zarzuelas and 22 dramas in his career.[3] He is known as the "Father of Tagalog Plays" and as the "Father of the Tagalog Zarzuela".[4]

Reyes helped found the Liwayway magazine in 1922, and is recognized for pioneering the Tagalog literary renascence during his lifetime.[5] His stories under the pen name Lola Basyang were the magazine's most widely read feature.[5]

Works[edit]

  • Ang Kalupi
  • Walang Sugat
  • R.I.P (Requiescat in Pace)
  • Mga Bihag ni Cupido
  • Ang Tunay na Hukom
  • Kalye Pogi
  • Ang Halik ni Hudas
  • Cablegrama Fatal
  • Puso ng Isang Pilipina
  • Ang Bagong Fausto
  • Filotea, o Ang Pag-aasawa ni San Pedro
  • Opera Italiana
  • San Lazaro
  • Alamat ng LaMOK

Personal life[edit]

Reyes married his childhood friend Maria Paz Puato, and they had 17 children. [5]

He spoke both Tagalog and Spanish, and understood Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and various Philippine dialects.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Looking Back : Anniversaries". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Banham, Martin (1995). The Cambridge guide to theatre. Cambridge University Press. p. 852. ISBN 978-0-521-43437-9. 
  3. ^ "Did you know: Playwright Severino “Lola Basyang” Reyes". Inquirer. 9 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Asis, Raul. "'Walang Sugat' to be staged, Feb 11-13". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Palafox, Queenie Ann (4 September 2012). "The Life and Drama of Severino Reyes". National Historical Commission of the Philippines.