Reuel Molina Aguila

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Reuel Molina Aguila (born 27 September 1953) is a Filipino poet, playwright, essayist, lyricist and scriptwriter. For his works, which are entirely in Filipino, he has received numerous awards, including but not limited to Dangal ng Wikang Filipino, Makata ng Taon (2008), Manananaysay ng Taon (2007), Life-time Achievement-Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (2004) and ten Palanca Awards in different categories, which qualified him for the Palanca Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 2009. He teaches creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.


Aguila graduated from the Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School in 1970. He took up his undergraduate degree in Filipino and master's degree in malikhang pagsulat (creative writing) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. In 2012, he finished his doctoral degree at the same university.


Aguila wrote the script for the Behn Cervantes films Sakada (1976) and Bawal na Pag-ibig (1977), and Lino Brocka's In this Corner (1979). He also worked for television, serving as the head writer of the popular ABS-CBN children's program “Bayani” from 1995 to 1998. Similarly, he was the scriptwriter for Radio Mindanao Network from 2003 to 2004 and Radio Balintataw, DZRH in 2001.

In 1987, he served as the editor of the nationalist anthologies Kamao I, Kamao II and Kamao III. He worked in the same capacity on the literary anthology Gatilyo, which was published in 1989. Since 2007, he has been a columnist for One Philippines, a fortnightly newspaper published in the United States.

Aguila has published several of his works into books. Among these are Ligalig at Iba Pang Dula, Ampalaya, Bonsai, Atbp, Magdaragat ng Pag-ibig and Iba Pang Tula ng Pagnanasa.

Work experience

Aguila has traveled abroad for his literary pursuits. In 1983, he attended the International Writing Program in Iowa, USA as a representative of the Philippines. He spent time in Monbusho and Osaka, Japan as a research scholar from 1987 to 1989.

He had his first brush with teaching in 1976 upon joining the faculty of the Philippine Science High School as an English teacher. He taught at the school until 1979, moving on to the University of the Philippines (UP) to teach Filipino the following year. He taught in UP for two years, leaving in 1982. He returned in 1985, only to leave again after a year. In 2000, he resumed his academic career in UP and has not left since.

Kasama si Dr. Jimmuel Naval, itinaguyod nila ni Aguila ang Palihang Rogelio Sicat na unang isinagawa sa Angono, Rizal at noo'y tinawag pang Palihang DFPP (Departamento ng Wikang Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). Sa kasalukyan, isa ang Palihang Rogelio Sicat sa mga nangungunang palihang nagbibigay ng pagkakataon para paghusayin ang sining sa pagsulat sa wikang Filipino ng mga manunulat mula sa iba't ibang panig ng bansa.




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