Severino Reyes

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Severino Reyes (February 11, 1861 – September 15, 1942) was a Filipino writer, playwright, and director of plays. He used the pen name Lola Basyang.[1][2] He was nicknamed "Don Binoy".


Reyes wrote 26 zarzuelas and 22 dramas in his career.[3] He is known as the "Father of Tagalog Plays" and as the "Father of the Tagalog Zarzuela".[4]

Reyes helped found the Liwayway magazine in 1922, and is recognized for pioneering the Tagalog literary renascence during his lifetime.[5] His stories under the pen name Lola Basyang were the magazine's most widely read feature.[5]


  • Walang Sugat
  • R.I.P (Requiescat in Pace)
  • Mga Bihag ni Cupido
  • Ang Tunay na Hukom
  • Kalye Pogi
  • Ang Halik ni Hudas
  • Cablegrama Fatal
  • Puso ng Isang Pilipina
  • Ang Bagong Fausto
  • Filotea, o Ang Pag-aasawa ni San Pedro
  • Opera Italiana
  • San Lazaro
  • Alamat ng LaMOK Lola basyang

Personal life

Reyes married his childhood friend Maria Paz Puato, and they had 17 children.[5]

He spoke both Tagalog and Spanish, and understood Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and various Philippine languages.[5]


  1. "Looking Back : Anniversaries", Philippine Daily Inquirer, 5 January 2011. Retrieved on 7 March 2011. 
  2. Banham, Martin (1995). The Cambridge guide to theatre. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-43437-9. 
  3. Did you know: Playwright Severino "Lola Basyang" Reyes (9 February 2012).
  4. Asis, Raul. 'Walang Sugat' to be staged, Feb 11-13. Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved on 27 June 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Palafox, Queenie Ann (4 September 2012). The Life and Drama of Severino Reyes.



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