Jose A. Bragado was born on 25 August, 1936 in Santa, Ilocos Sur. He took up several courses in college, including Journalism and English. He has worked as News & Comics Editor and Literary Editor. He has published in the Bannawag magazine 20 novels, 65 short stories, 50 poems, 170 feature articles and essays, translated 5 novels from Filipino to Iluko; he has alos edited and co-authored several books. He has published short stories in the Liwayway magazine. He wrote the life of Gabriela and Diego Silang for Balintataw , a radio program of Cecille Gidote-Alvarez at the DZRH. The drama ran for one month.
He has received various awards for his contributions to Iluko literature. He was nominated for National Artist for Literature Award in 2003.