Federico Espino Licsi
Federico Espino Licsi is a poet from Pasig who is considered as the most prolific literary artists in Tagalog.
A number of his short stories, essays and poems have won prizes. He won first prize in the poetry contest in Tagalog, sponsored by the Institute of National Language, of the Department of Education and Culture in 1967. He was also a contributor of some weekly magazines such as the Free Press and Liwayway. The National Pres Club cited him as "Most brilliant poet in Tagalog" in 1970. Also a proficient in English, he has written literary works in the language. His first collection of bilingual verses, Ave en Jaula Lirica (Bird in a Lyric Cage) was published in 1970. The collections of his poems Caras y Caretas de Amor Filipino (Faaces and Guises of Filipino Love) and Latigazos de Luz (Flagellations of Light) appeared in 1974.
Some of the numerous awards he received:
- first prize in English Poetry, 1969
- third prize in English Poetry, 1971
- third prize in English Drama, 1972
- third prize in English Short Story, 1971
- first prize in a contest sponsored by a weekly magazine Philippine Graphic
- third place in the Third Biennial Ramon de Basterra Poetry Contest for his fourth collection, Tambor de Sangre (Drum of Blood) in 1977
- Brillantes, Lourdes. 81 Years of Premio Zobel: A Legacy of Philippine Literature in Spanish. Philippines:Filipinas Heritage Library, 2006.