Poet Tita Lacambra Ayala writes 30

Features Philippines Jan 11, 2019 at 4:20 pm

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BAGUIO–“Paalam Nay…10:37” was all musician Joey Ayala wrote on Facebook, and the Filipino literati understood.

Tita Lacambra Ayala, the poet much loved from Ilocos Norte to Davao City, died at 10:37 pm Wednesday, January 9, while combatting pneumonia in Davao City. She just turned 88 last January 2.

She is the mother of Joey Ayala, singer Cynthia Alexander, healer Laura Isabel, and poet Fernando.

Tita founded the Davao Writers Guild and recently edited their Davao Harvest 3. She was also behind the famous Road Map Series, which showcased Mindanao writings for 30 years.

She was born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, and finished Education at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She settled in Baguio before moving to Davao with husband Jose V. Ayala, a painter.

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