About Luis G. Dato

Luis G. Dato Memorial Marker

The Luis G. Dato memorial marker is located at the Baao Town Plaza. It reads:

“Luis G. Dato was born in Baao on July 4,1906 and attained notable distinction in Philippine Literary History with his poems in English.

He wrote for and edited various Bikol newspapers and was actively involved in local cultural groups and wrote monographs and lexical works espousing the Bikol language.

He served his town as mayor twice and pioneered seminal studies on Baao family genealogy, local history, culture and archeological heritage. His influence as literary artist, scholar and teacher remains to this day.

This memorial erected by the Baao LGU led by Mayor Mel I. Gaite in partnership with the Burikbutikan Artists Collective Inc. in honor of a native son may serve as inspiration to future generations.

Dedicated July 4, 2012″

luis g dato marker paulix robosa
The late Paulix Robosa sculpted the medallion.

Burikbutikan Artists Collective Inc., is a group of artists from Baao (Paulix B. Robosa, who sculpted the medallion, Julius B. Bicaldo, Fr. Nunilon Arnold F. Bancaso, Jr., Jofrey I. Botor); Iriga City (Frank Penones Jr., Kristian S. Cordero, Al Oliva), Buhi (Cesar Gumba); and Bula (Pano Carumba). The unveiling cermony of the Luis G. Dato marker was led by Ms. Bernadette delos Santos last July 4, 2012. We are most grateful for this honor.

We, also, would like to express gratitude to Anton Mapa, Oliver Collins Gaite and Jojie Badilla for lending us their photographs;

And lastly, to our cousins and relatives, for stories, documents, manuscripts, support (and memories!) which are shared and reminisced. This website would have not existed if were not for my brother, Francis. Thank you so much for your love and devotion to our lolo Luis G. Dato. This endeavor is dedicated to all of you.

lola titay
ente, naldo, myrna, greta, inyong, landa, armi, barbie
caloy, bentot, owen, junior, guada
janina, jen
agnes, job, enggue, bek, lea, serge
tpen, toto, francis, jerome
al, mabel, rhea, margie, luis
mark, ledivine
tan, louie
sherry, boy neg

Birthday celebration of our cousin, Sherry Dato Badong, at Lolo Luis’ house in Sta. Cruz, Baao, Camarines Sur circa 1980s.

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