Tita Lacambra-Ayala

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Tita Lacambra-Ayala (born on January 2, 1931 at Sarrat, Ilocos Norte) is a writer, poet and multi-media artist. She is married to writer and painter Jose V. Ayala, Jr. and the mother of artists Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander.


Education & Work Experience

Tita earned her Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) Major in English, Minor in History at the University of the Philippines. She was a freelance feature writer of Women's Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and Mirror Magazine from 1951 to 1953. She was the Press Officer of the UP College of Agriculture Extension Office at Los Banos, Laguna. She also taught Journalism at the Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City from 1955 to 1956.

Writer and Editor

Tita was Editor of the following publications: House Organ (Philippine Packing Corporation, Del Monte, in Cagayan de Oro); GIMBA Magazine (a quarterly magazine about Mindanao); and Etno-Culture (published by Kultura sa Katawhan sa Mindanao or KULKAMIN).

She co-edited Davao Harvest with Alfredo Salanga. Davao Harvest is a humanities collection of visual and literary arts in a journal format.

Published Works

  • Sunflower Poems, Filipino Signatures (Manila, 1960)
  • Orginary Poems, Erehwon Publishing (Manila, 1969)
  • Adventures of a Professional Amateur (prose). UP Press, 1999
  • Friends and Camels in a Time of Olives (poetry) . UP Press, 1999


  • Palanca
    • “Everything” (1967). Short Story, English Division. Third Prize.
    • A Filigree of Seasons”. Poetry, English Division. Second Prize.
  • Gawad Balagtas Awardee for English poetry (1991)
  • Special Citation for Road Map Series. Manila Critics Circle (1989)
  • Philippine Free Press Awardee for Short Story. Third Prize. (1970)
  • Poetry Awardee, Focus Philippines
  • Achievement Award, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, UMPIL (1991)
  • National Fellow for Poetry, UP Creative Writing Center (1994-95)

Membership and Organizations



  • Camacho, Leonarda N. 100 Years: 100 Women Artists. The Centennial of the Feminist Movement in the Philippines.



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