Google celebrates Balagtas' 230th birthday with special doodle


Posted at Apr 02 2018 01:09 AM

MANILA -- Google celebrates one of the Philippines' most prominent writers with a special doodle depicting Francisco Balagtas' most famous work.

Born on April 2, 1788, this year marks the 230th birth anniversary of one of the country's most revered writers.

The doodle depicts "Florante at Laura," an epic poem symbolizing Balagtas' own journey.

The epic poem is written in dodecasyllabic quatrains, which means it has 12 syllables per line, and 4 lines per stanza. 

"Florante at Laura" was written in Tagalog at a time when most writings were in Spanish.

Aside from being a well-known poet, Balagtas is also known for writing for a Filipino audience, using Filipino themes.

Centuries after it was written, "Florante at Laura" remains one of the most important pieces of Philippine literature, taught to students all over the country.