Rosario de Guzman-Lingat
(1924 - 1994)

Rosario de Guzman Lingat wrote prodigiously from the 1960’s to the 1970’s, producing novels and short stories for popular magazines, scripts for television dramas, essays and occasional poetry. Literary critic Soleded S. Reyes describes Lingat as a truly significant Filipino writer, underscoring her “superb understanding of human weakness and foibles” and her “consistent and passionate mining of key events in her nation’s history, both historical and psychological.” She wrote for popular magazines and utilized the character types and situations employed by her peers, yet impressed her unique vision upon these conventions.

Acknowledged as Liwayway magazine’s “star writer” by her editors, peers and her millions of readers, Lingat also won the respect of literary critics in the academe, who praised the realism and restraint of her novels Ano Ngayon, Ricky? and Kung Wala Na Ang Tag-araw. She was among the very few popular writers to be recognized in such select circles.

Among the Lingat’s many memorabilia items at ALIWW is a scrapbook compiling an exchange of love poems between Lingat and her husband Sabino. The scrapbook provides a rare and privileged glimpse into the private world of Lingat, who was known to be an extremely reclusive woman.


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