de la Rosa
Bro. Andrew Gonzalez
I was in disbelief when I heard from fellow Kapampangans
that one of the best writers in Kapampangan poetry and literature died
on April 25, 1999. I was sad and I refused to believe that Mr. Delfin
Quiboloy joined his Creator because a few months before that, he started
tutoring me in the art of writing Kapampangan poetry as well as reciting
poems for beauty queens and princesses. His enthusiastic teachings were
cut short by his death but his ardent desire to propagate the Kapampangan
language and culture will be always in the minds of many of us who will
carry on the task of making his wishes come to reality.
Delfin was born to Dionisio Quiboloy and Anastasia Turla on July 23, 1911
in Santa Catalina, Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines where one of the oldest
Catholic churches in the Philippines was initially built. He attended
public schools in his hometown during the same decade when famous Lubenians
like President Diosdado P. Macapagal and Senator Rogelio de la Rosa were
also pursuing their elementary school education.
Delfin started his teaching career after he earned his Elementary Teacher
Certificate and Bachelor of Science degree in Education from National
University in Manila, Philippines. He married the former Africa V. Paule
on January 10, 1935 and their happy marriage produced a dozen children
who all grew up to become successful professionals and respectable citizens.
After many years of service in the teaching profession as a school principal,
Delfin and his wife migrated to the USA to join most of their children
who made the "land of opportunity" as a second home.
At the time of Delfin's death, he was survived by eleven of his and Africa's
twelve children namely, Celia Q. Flores, Liberty Q. Singian, Estrella
Q. Bognot, Dante Quiboloy, Alice Q. Singian, Daisy Q. Bautista, Delfin
Quiboloy, Jr., Nestor Quiboloy, Agnes Q. Japlit, Florante Quiboloy and
Manuel Luis Quiboloy. His wife, Africa Paule Quiboloy died on March 7,
1986 and his second eldest daughter, Amelia Q. Cruz passed away on August
Despite of a busy schedule as the breadwinner of the family and patriarch
of the Quiboloy clan, Delfin was a prolific husband and a very productive
poet laureate, playwright, educator and a leader among his peers. His
literary achievements included several awards, medals and trophies. His
crowning glory was on March 1, 1969 when he was honored by the president
of United Poet Laureates International, Dr. Amado Yuzon in recognition
of Delfin's contribution to World Poetry in general and Kapampangan Poetry
in particular. His "Indung Kapampangan" (Mother Pampanga) won the 1st
Prize in the Pampango Writing Contest on February 13, 1981 in connection
with the celebration of Pampanga Day sponsored by the Province of Pampanga
under the leadership of Governor and Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza.
Delfin was one of the founding members of Aguman Ding Talasulat Kapampangan
in 1964 and he was elected as the organization's president in June 1977.
Through the assistance of the late Senate President Gil J. Puyat, he launched
the annual Don Gonzalo Puyat Memorial Awards for Pampango Literature in
Delfin wrote more than two hundred poems, novels, and dramas. A few of
the zarzuelas he wrote are "Ing Tagumpe ning Katutwan" (The Triumph of
Truth); "Ganid" (A Cruel Person); "Sinta't Balen" (Love and Country);
"Aus Ning Laman" (Call of the Flesh); "Angga Banwa" ('Till Eternity) and
"Malagung Ubingan" (Beautiful Traitor).
Together with another poet laureate, Jose M. Gallardo, Delfin published
a masterpiece called "Kuriro at Kawatasan" in the early eighties.
"Kawatasan nang Delfin T. Quiboloy", a compilation of some of Delfin's
favorite poems, includes "Iyas King Balas"; "Indung Kapampangan"; "Pamibule-bule";
"Ibpa: King Penganak"; "Penganak: King Ibpa"; "Ketang Milabas"; "Poeta,
Nanu Ka?"; "Dalit Babo Ning Damulag"; "Bisa Kung Dalit Pa"; "Katandanan";
"Katapatan; Musika, Kayupaya Mo.!"; "Ing Lugud Ku, Ngamo.?"; "Pamana;"
"Tagulele Ning Ulila"; "Nanu Ya Ing Sinta?"; "Ing Diwa Ku Manyabi Ya.";
"Salamin Ning Napun"; "Ibpa Ko.!"; "Maki-lulu Ka King Aldo.!"; "Tatanam
Na Naman.!"; "Sangkan"; and "Ing Poeta".(Andro S. Camiling - 03/19/01)