He also won in the first balagtasan to be aired on radio besting opponents Fernando Monleon and Francisco Paño.
The topic was Sino ang Higit na Dapat Mahalin: Ina, Asawa o Anak? He is married to essayist Marites Danguilan with whom he has a son, Alab.
He wrote poems at a young age and had them commented on by his family and neighbors.
He further honed his poetic skills as a member Galian as Arte at Tula , and went on to work on various jobs, especially in non-government sector, in pursuit of his own maturity.
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Godinez-Ortega The diversity and richness of Philippine literature evolved side by side with the country's history.
He has been a fellow at the Ateneo Writers’ Workshop, 1970; UP Writers’ Workshop, 1971; and Silliman Writers’ Workshop, 1972.
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as the youngest of the four children of Juan Balagtas, a blacksmith, and Juana de la Cruz.