Born on May 25, 1921 in Tacloban City, Leyte, the poet Carlos A. Angeles graduated from Rizal High 1938 and went on to study at various universities, first in pre-medicine and next pre-law. He had one semester at Ateneo de Manila, two at UP in 1941 (where he became a member of the UP Writers’ Club), and one quarter at Central Luzon Colleges. He did not return to school after World War II, but he led an impressive career as chief of the Philippine bureau of International News Service from 1950 to 1958, guest of the US State Department on a Smith-Mundt leader grant, press assistant under the Garcia administration, and public relations manager of PanAm Airlines from 1958 to 1980. He also served in the board of directors of International PEN, Philippine chapter.
In 1964, the same year that poetry was first considered in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Angeles’ collection of poems, A Stun of Jewels(Manila: Alberto S. Florentino, 1963), received first prize in the prestigious contest. Comprised of 47 poems and dedicated to Angeles’ wife, A Stun of Jewelsalso won the Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Literature.
Angeles has been living in the USA since 1978. Married to Concepcion Reynoso, he has seven children and 18 grandchildren, all residing in the States.