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.

REMINISCENCE IN RAINBOWS

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by Luis G. Dato For once again we saw them, figured, no requestOf those like us enchanted, their eyes to charm and rest,And those from San Fernando, Ingkoy-Ingkoy danced well,They moved in faultless rhythm, and wove round us a spell.…

CEBU SIDELIGHT

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by Luis G. Dato We asked on debarkation; ”Where are the fair Indays,For which Visayan Islands to all the land are known?”The few we chanced upon were not hard upon the eyes,But not exactly hour is earth lend-leased from the…

CEBU INTERSCHOLASTIC, 1954

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by Luis G. Dato We come from Camarines, Masbate, SorsogonAlbay, Catanduanes, to form the Bikol band,With Mindanao, together with North and South Luzon,To join Eaşt-west Visayas in friendly feasts of brawn,With brothers widely scattered of one fair motherland. In fair…

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL ANTHEM

the flag

by: Jose Palma(Translation by Luis G. Dato) Adored Filipinas,Child of the sunny Orient,Whose flame bright and ardent,In thee burns evermore. Oh land beloved,Home of a hero nationNe’er shall invasionDarken they sacred shore. Ever within thy skies and through thy winds,And…

ODE TO CAMARINES SUR HIGH SCHOOL

CAMARINES SUR HIGH SCHOOL

by Luis G. Dato Dear Alma Mater, in whose pleasant hallDeeply we crank of knowledge, heard the callFrom realms of Truth that beckon evermore,And tarried by the founts of wisdom’s lore;Your memories like bells at vespers tollTheir golden benediction to…

THE NEW HELMSMAN

plato's ship of state

by Luis G. Dato O chosen Helmsman of our Ship of State,With powerful hands and soul filled with light,Te steer the Nation to a happier fate,Toward the Victory long-deferred of Right –Today we cheer to see the overthrowOf evil power…

TO NUEVA CACERES

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by Luis G. Dato Translated from the Spanish by Mr. Luis G. Dato Hail, Temple Great of Science dear,Where youth forever seeks the lureOf light beyond the years obscureThat saw it first on earth,Thou fountain from the springs whereofIs quenched…

MY BARRIO SCHOOL

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by Luis G. Dato We love my school it stands besideA rippling brook and rice fields wide,Her dapdap flowers, arching treesBestow serene an air of peace. Our school we love, in it we seeA second home that lets us beAnd…

WITH YOU OUR HOPES

Diosdado Macapagal photo WITH YOU OUR HOPES

by Luis G. Dato Hail to our chief, the chosen helmsman dearOf this our vessel that will ride the mainOur hope we pin on him our trust to steerWith a strong hand the distant land to gain. To guide on…

LIFE IN THE BARRIO (Irayang Solong)

Irayang Solong by Luis Dato

by Luis G. Dato IHow blessed the barrio life of ease,Where man is with the world at peace!Those pristine days, those sunny hoursWhen field and tree are gemmed with flowers,Khaki and blue or yellow-hued,To deck each marsh and bank and…

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