Virginia Moreno

Virginia R. Moreno (24 April 1923 – 14 August 2021) was a Filipina writer, poet, and playwright.

Virginia Moreno
Born(1923-04-24)24 April 1923
Tondo, Manila, Philippine Islands
Died14 August 2021(2021-08-14) (aged 98)
OccupationWriter, poet
Notable worksBatik Maker and Other Poems
The Onyx Wolf (1969)

Early life and educationEdit

Moreno was born in the Tondo neighbourhood of Manila on 24 April 1923.[1] She studied at the University of the Philippines, where she was editor of the campus newspaper, and at the Kansas Institute of International Education.


Her first collection of poems Batik Maker and Other Poems was published in 1972; it received the Palanca Memorial Award for Literature. Her play Straw Patriot (1956) was translated into Filipino by Wilfredo Pascua Sanchez in 1967 as Bayaning huwad. In 1969, she won the National Historical Playwriting Contest for her play The Onyx Wolf, also known as La Loba Negra and Itim Asu. Also in 1969, she studied at the British Film Institute in London under a British Council grant. In 1973, she was co-director of the documentary The Imaginative Community: 7 Poets in Iowa. Moreno also took part in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. In 1976, she became director of the University of the Philippines Film Center.[2]

In 1984, Moreno received a S.E.A. Write Award. In 1991, she was named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by France. She has also served as chair of the UNESCO Culture Committee of the Philippines.[2]

Personal life and deathEdit

Moreno died on 14 August 2021, at the age of 98.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Abad, Gémino (1993). A Native Clearing: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English Since the '50s to the Present : from Edith L. Tiempo to Cirilo F. Bautista. University of the Philippines Press. p. 642. ISBN 9715420249. Virginia R. Moreno - Born 24 Apr 1925 in Tondo, Manila. As Ma. Ceres P. Doyo...
  2. ^ a b Benson, Eugene; Conolly, Leonard W (2004). Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. pp. 1041–42. ISBN 1134468482.
  3. ^ Dumaual, Mario (August 15, 2021). "Virgie Moreno, eminent poet and dramatist, passes on at 98". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  4. ^ Legazpi, John (August 14, 2021). "Virginia Moreno, Palanca award-winning Filipino writer and poet, passes away". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Dumaual, Mario (August 15, 2021). "Virgie Moreno, eminent poet and dramatist, passes on at 98". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved August 15, 2021.