I. Author’s Background
Amador T. Daguio was born on January 8, 1912 in Laog, Ilocos Norte, but grew up in Lubuagan, Kalinga, where his father, was assigned as police officer in the Philippine Constabulary. Amador Daguio graduated as a class valedictorian in 1924 at Lubuagan ElementarySchool. After his graduation Amador realized that there was no High School in his home area during that time. So Amador decided to go with his uncle at Fort William McKinley to study at Rizal High School in Pasig. During that period Amador became lonely. Through his loneliness he was driven to write poetry to express his feelings. The one of the poetry that Amador wrote was published in a National Publication. Out of the school for the first semester in 1928, Amador earned his tuition 60 pesos by serving as a house boy, waiter and carrying the things of the officers at Fort McKinley. Amador Daguio walked going to school about two kilometers. This continued for three years, when his uncle arrived from Honolulu who paid his tuition during his third year. Even his uncle pay his tuition Amador still worked on Saturday’s and Sunday’s as a printer at the University of the Philippines and served as a Philippine Collegian reporter. Amador stories and poems appeared in all the Manila Papers. Amador graduated at the University of the Philippines as one of the ten honorees in 1932. Amador T. Daguio returned to his home area in Lubuagan to work as a teacher. In the year 1938, he went to Zamboanga, a normal school to teach, on that time he also met his wife named Estela. In 1941 before the second World War they transferred to a normal shool somepart in Leyte. He joined the resistance and wrote poems in secret, during the Japanese Occupation. Amador was collected as Bataan Havest, he was bosom-friend of another writer in the resistance of Manuel E. Arguilla. Amador also taught for twenty six years at the University of East, U.P. and Philippine Women’s University. In the year 1973, six years...
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