by Luis G. Dato

Tarlac looks young this April
With a load of ungathered skies;
Its pawing feet are trembling
Between sugar and rice.

In Angles, behind twin towers,
The hills rise fold on fold,
A barren ridge, a sunken river,
Tarlac, like life, looks old.

— The Herald Mid-weekly Magazine
August 23, 1939

Luis Dato
Luis Dato

Luis G. Dato (July 4, 1906 - January 29, 1985) was a poet, writer and educator from Sta. Cruz, Baao, Camarines Sur. He published books in English including Manila A Collection of verse (1926), My Book of Verses (1936) and the Land of Mai in 1975. He also wrote several books and text in Bikol such as, Vocabulario Bikol-Ingles-Kastila (1963), Cantahon na Bikol (1969), Morfologia kan Tataramon na Bikol (serialized in Naga Times), Patotodon sa Bikol (Bikol Mail) and Sarabihon sa Bikol.

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