Alfrredo Navarro Salanga was born in Manila on 13 September 2948. He finished his BA in Humanities at Ateneo de Manila University in 1969. On the same year, he received the Mulry Award for Literary Excellence. A poet, fiction writer, and journalist, Freddie was the recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 1980 and 1983 to 1985. He won the USA Annual Salute to the Arts Competition sponsored by Triton College, Illinois, in 1984-1985. From the Catholic Mass Media Awards, he bagged the Best Opinion Column in 1984 and Book of the Year in 1986. In 1985, he was chosen for Literature and Journalism as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Men of the Year (TOYM). Known to many as “Daddy Giant,” Freddie was Secretary-General of the Writers Union of the Philippines, a member of the Manila Critics Circle, a Director of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, a Director of the Pinaglabanan Galleries, a Trustee of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC), Director-General of the People’s Movement for Press Freedom Task Force for the People’s Right to Know, a member of the International PEN, Philippine Chapter, National Press Club, Association for Philippines-China Understanding, Philippine-British Society, and Art Association of the Philippines.
A versatile writer and editor, Freddie authored a number of books, among them,The Aglipay Question: Literary and Historical Studies (1982), The Birthing of Hannibal Valdez (1984), Commentaries Meditations Messages A Parable Cycles and Confessions (1985), Portraits (1988). Freddie also edited a number of works: Rizaliana for Children: Drawings and Folk Tales by Jose Rizal(1984), New Writing from the Philippines (special issue of Philippine Studies, 1985), Versus: Philippine Protest Poetry, 1983-86 (1986), and Kamao: Panitikan ng Protesta, 1970-1986 (1987). Edited copies: An Anthology of Poets in Search of God . Posthumous: Turtle Voices in Uncertain Weather: Poems 1980-1988 (CCP, 1989), Chronicles & Dispatches (New Day, 1991), and Buenavista Ventures (AdMU Office of Research & Publications, 1998).
Some of his books are available in ebook format at the Vibe Bookstore.
He was married to Alicia Loyola with whom he had three children including Elyrah Loyola Salanga-Torralba, a poet and fictionist in the Filipino language.
He passed away in 1988.