Pascual H. Poblete

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Pascual H. Poblete (17 May 1857— 5 February 1921), whose real name was Pascual Hicaro, was a Filipino writer and publisher. He is recognized as one of the Tagalog translators of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere.


Early life and education

Poblete was born in Naic, Cavite on 17 May 1857. His parents, Francisco Hicaro and Maria Poblete, named him Pascual Hicaro. He would later take his mother's maiden name for his surname. He finished his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Liceo de Manila.


Poblete wrote columns and essays for the periodical La Oceanie Española and cofounded Diariong Tagalog with fellow journalist Marcelo H. del Pilar. He also helped found another newspaper called Revistas Popular de Filipinas,s notable for being one of the first to carry articles on the lives of Filipino women. Poblete was an editor and translator for this newspaper.

He also worked on other publications such as the Patnubay ng Catolico, and was an associate editor for Ang Pliegong Tagalog in 1896.

Afterwards, Pascual Poblete founded the patriotic periodical El Resumen, in which he wrote the following passage on 12 June 1892:

Maganglalapi tayong nangagkakaisa sa usaping sarili at bakahin natin ang mga kabalbalan at paghihinala niyaong mga nagnanasang ang lalawigang kastilang ito ay maging kutang luma ng matandang kaugalian, at di man nila nagugunita na ang di mapigilang pagunlad, sa kanyang banayad na kilos ay nagbubukas ng landas sa lahat ng dako at ginigipo ang sino mang sa kanyang paglakad ay sumagabal.

United by a common tongue, let us thwart the suspicions of those who desire this land be kept a rotting stronghold for obsolete ways. They do not realize that change, inevitable, gradually opens new paths in all directions. And those who try to hinder it shall fail.

During the Philippine revolution, Poblete was first arrested as a subversive and sent to Spain, then to Africa.

When he was finally able to return to the Philippines, he became the editor of El Grito del Pueblo (Voice of the People) for the Nacionalista Party and Ang Kapatid ng Bayan.

Poblete translated Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere into Tagalog. He also published a compilation of Rizal's works under the title Dia Filipino. It was published on 30 December 1913, the seventh anniversary of Rizal's death.

During the American period, Poblete staged Amor Patrio (Beloved Homeland), a play named after an article Rizal wrote for Diariong Tagalog. The play's patriotic themes were considered subversive by the American authorities, but Poblete managed to evade arrest.

On 5 February 1921, Poblete suffered from a heart attack. He died in Manila at the age of 63.


  • “Pascual Poblete.” Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. [1] (June 18, 2010).
  • “Talambuhay ni Pascual Poblete.” Tagalog Lang. [2] (June 18, 2010).
  • Propaganda revolucionaria en Filipinoas: el Resuman y la Liga Filipina. [3] (June 18, 2010).
  • “Remembering the Unremembered Filipino Patriots in Philippine Revolution.” National Historical Institute. [4] (June 18, 2010).



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