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Google commemorates Francisco Balagtas’ 230th birthday

  • Google made a “clickable” illustration of Florante at Laura
  • It was to honor Francisco Balagtas’ 230th birthday
  • Florante at Laura was believed to be a tale of Balagtas’ love affair with María Asunción Rivera

Google honored the great Filipino poet, Francisco Balagtas, on his supposed 230th birthday.

On the search engine’s Home Page, we get to see a “clickable illustration” featuring Balagtas’ most famous work, Florante at Laura.

Florante at Laura was such an epic tale that it was published in numerous editions. The oldest edition was believed to be 1861 edition which was published in Manila. Another edition is in the possession of the Philippine National Library, which was handwritten by no less than another Filipino hero, Apolinario Mabini.

It is believed that Florante at Laura was meant to portray Balagtas’ life when he was imprisoned for his love for María Asunción Rivera.

Balagtas was born on April 2, 1788 and died at the age of 73 on February 20, 1862. It is said that upon his deathbed, he wished that none of his children become poets like him.

Today, Google Philippines commemorates the 230th birth anniversary of Francisco Balagtas, one of the Philippines' most…

Posted by Google on Monday, April 2, 2018