Alfredo Navarro Salanga: A Biography

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Alfredo Navarro Salanga
Alfredo "Freddie" Navarro Salanga (died 1988) is a Filipino literary critic, columnist, journalist, novelist, poet, fictionist, editor, and multi-awarded writer. He was a member of the Manila Critics Circle.He was the author of 1984 novella The Birthing of Hannibal Valdez. He had been nicknamed as "Daddy Giant". Born in Manila on 13 September 1948, he was the eldest of 10 children of Alfredo Salang Sr., a rural physician, and Concepcion Navarro. Biography

In 1969, Salanga obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1969. He was a former Secretary-General of the Writers Union of the Philippines, a former director of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, a former director of the Pinaglabanan Galleries, a former trustee of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC), and a former Director-General of the People's Movement for Press Freedom Task Force for the People's Right to Know. He had been a member of the following associations: the International PEN, Philippine Chapter, the Philippine's National Press Club, the Association for Philippines-China Understanding, the Philippine-British Society, and the Art Association of the Philippines. Awards

In 1969, Salanga became a recipient of the Mulry Award for Literary Excellence. He was also an awardee for the 1980, 1983, and 1985 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He was a winner during the 1984-1985 USA Annual Salute to the Arts Competition that was sponsored by Triton College in Illinois. In 1984, he won the Best Opinion Column award from the Catholic Mass Media Awards. In 1986, he won the Book of the Year award. He became one of the Ten Most Outstanding Men of the Year (TOYM) for Literature and Journalism in 1985.
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