VIRGILIO V. VITUG. b. Lubao, Pampanga 17 September 1951. Poet, essayist, journalist, scriptwriter. He is married to essayist Marites Danguilan with whom he has a son, Alab. He studied at the University of the East, and was a fellow in the writers’ workshops of the Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, and Silliman University. He has worked as a reporter and/or columnist for the Times Journal, Tempo, Manila Times, and Manila Chronicle; an associate editor in Sagisag andKaligiran magazines; and head writer of the children’s television program Batibot. He has also served as director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the National Press Club; publisher of Agriscope, and chair/president of World Media Groove. In 1990 he became executive producer of the TV program Mag-agri Tayo, a correspondent of the Asian Reviewer, and associate editor of The Filipino, both London-based periodicals and contributor of The Entrepreneur. He was also head writer of ABS-CBN’s “Pipol” and “Off the Record” and ANC’s “By Demand.”
He co-founded and was former chairperson of Galian sa Arte at Tula (GAT). Two of his poems are anthologized in Virgilio S. Almario’s Walong Dekada ng Makabagong Tula (Eight Decades of Modern Poetry), “Isang Tanong sa Sarili” (A Question for Myself) and “Ako si Virgilio V. Vitug” (I am Virgilio V. Vitug). his other works are found in Galian and New Poems in Pilipino. He wrote a Pampango passion play, Sinakulo ning Balen (Passion of the Town), and co-authored a book, Agribusiness Opportunities in the Philippines, 1988.
Vitug has won the following awards; honorable mention, “Simula ng Gabi sa Lubao” (Evening Commences in Lubao), 1969, and “Isang Tanong sa Sarili,” 1976, in the Talaang Ginto of the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, respectively; special award, Loyola Poetry Contest, 1972; and second prize, National Zarzuela Writing Contest for “Hoy, Boyet” (Hey, Boyet). He has been a fellow at the Ateneo Writers’ Workshop, 1970; UP Writers’ Workshop, 1971; and Silliman Writers’ Workshop, 1972.