#philippineheritagemonth: a little art dedicated to Leona Florentino. She is considered the mother of Philippine women's literature and the first female in the Philippines to establish fame in both the Philippines and Europe.
Her intelligence and potential in lyricism was obvious at a young age. Although she was talented it was because of her gender that she wasn't allowed to attend university and thus, Leona was tutored by her mother and a few other teachers. One mentor, an Ilocano priest, tutored her in Spanish and encouraged her to find her voice in poetry.
Later, becoming a mother of five, Leona was recognized as a poet in Spanish and Ilocano language, but she was banished by her husband and son because of her feminist views and writing.
She died at age 35 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur with 22 poems known to have been kept in archives.