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Nick Joaquin

Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín, popularly known as Nick Joaquin, was a Filipino poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, historian, journalist, and the National Artist of the Philippines for Literature. He was born on May 4, 1917. After Jose Rizal and Claro M. Recto, he is considered the third most important Filipino writer.

Nick started as a proofreader at the Philippines Free Press. Later, he was promoted to contributing editor and essayist, and started writing under his equally famous pen name Quijano de Manila (Manila Old-Timer). However, it was in 1934 when he started writing short stories, poems, and essays. His experiment with fiction was noticed and hailed by Jose García Villa. Most of his works were published in Philippine magazines although some of them were published in foreign journals and magazines.

Some of Nick’s major works are Culture and History (2004); Reportage on Lovers: A Medley of Factual Romances, Happy or Tragical, Most of Which Made News (2009); Reportage on the Marcoses (2013); and Gotita de Dragon and other Stories (2014), all published by Anvil Publishing, Inc.

Nick passed away on April 29, 2004, five days short of turning 87.

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