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MANILA - Filipino poet Mike Bigornia died last September 24 of apparent heart failure at the Far Eastern University Hospital here. He was 51.
   Born on May 16, 1950 in Bangued, Abra, Bigornia was also an editor, fictionist and translator who was well respected by his peers. He was the immediate past chairman of the Unyon ng Mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL), and the recipient of several Palanca Awards.
   Bigornia, a political science graduate of the University of the East, also won National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle for his collection of prose poems, Prosang Itim (Anvil) and Punta-Blanko.
   Bigornia, the Makata ng Taon in 1986, was a founding member of the Gallan sa Arte at Tula (GAT), along with fellow poets Virgilio Almario and Teo Antonio. He also worked as managing director for Phoenix Publishing House.
    He is survived by his wife Ma. Teresa Rivera, by whom he has five sons.






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