Florentino Hornedo was born in Savidug, Sabtang, Batanes on October 16, 1938. He received his BSE from the University of Santo Tomas in 1961, his MAs in English and Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1966 and 1972 respectively, his Ph.D. in Literature from UST in 1977, and a post doctorate in History and Political Science from UST completed in 1985-88. He also has training in Journalism and Cultural Anthropology.

Dr. Hornedo has authored 13 books in Philosophy, Education, Culture and History. He has been editor of Ad Veritatem , a Journal of Research at the UST Graduate School, and Ivatan Studies Journal , a Graduate School Research Journal at the Saint Dominic College of Batanes. He has garnered several awards , among them the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, National Catholic Authors Award, Pilak Award for Service to Culture, the Arts and Community, of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Annual Book Awards of Ateneo de Manila University, Batanes Provincial Achievement Recognition for Cultural and Social Research, Recognition Award for Social Research, from the UST College of Education Alumni Association, and Most Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Awardee in the Arts & Humanities 2006.