Pedro Bukaneg (PP00179)

Bukaneg--an orator, musician, preacher, and lexicographer--is considered the father of Iloko literature (1552-1624). His knowledge of Ilocano, Tinguian, and Tagalog languages made him a valuable helper in spreading Christianity, thus winning for himself the admiration of King Philip of Spain and the Pope of Rome. A blind poet, he preached in the streets. Honored as the ``Father of Iloko Literature,`` Ilocano debates in verse were named after him: Bukanegan. Photo reproduction of a sketch made of the Iloko poet to whom the writing of 16th century epic ``Biag ni Lamang`` has been attributed.

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