Adrian Cristobal – The Biography Of Late Veteran Journalist Adrian Cristobal

Here are some things you might want to know about Adrian Cristobal, the late journalist.

ADRIAN CRISTOBAL – Filipino writer and Palanca Award-winning playwright Adrian Cristobal’s biography and some of his achievements.

Famous Adrian E. Cristobal Sr. was a Filipino writer and Palanca Award-winning playwright, fictionist, and essayist. His writings touch on political and historical themes and he was best known for his “Breakfast Table”. Back then, he held several government positions during the administration of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

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He was also a political satirist, literary organizer, popular historian of Andres Bonifacio, and Marcos’s government functionary and adviser.

He studied at the University of the East but would, later on, drop out of school. As young as 15 years old, he started gaining literary prizes for his fiction and at the age of 17, his writings appeared in Manila Chronicle.

Here are some of his achievements:

  • 1960 Palanca Awards Second Prize in the One-Act Play (English) for his The Largest Crocodile in the World, a satirical play
  • 1983 Palanca Awards Second Prize in the essay category
  • FAMAS award for Best Screenplay in 1962 for writing the film adaptation of El Filibusterismo
  • Office of the President’s speech-writing office head during Marcos administration
  • appointed Chairman of the Social Security System
  • newspaper columnist at Philippine Daily Inquirer after the Marcos administration
  • publisher of the Manila Times
  • associate editor and columnist at Manila Bulletin
  • founded the Unyon ng Mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL)

In 2007, he died due to some complications of lung cancer at the age of 75. Elmer Ordoñez, SEA Write-Philippines awardee, said about the late writer, “A quite cynical person, possibly acquired in the practice of journalism (as reporter, columnist, editorial writer, and publisher) and writing for public figures, he was in his element in the satirical mode.” 


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