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Lope K. Santos
Born Lope Santos y Canseco
(1879-09-25)September 25, 1879
Pasig, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died May 1, 1963(1963-05-01) (aged 83)
Resting place Manila South Cemetery[1]
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater Escuela de Derecho (now Manila Law College Foundation)
Occupation writer, lawyer, politician
Known for "Father of the Filipino Grammar"
Notable work Banaag at Sikat
Ako'y Si Wika
Aḡ PaḡgiḡeraAno Ang Babae? Lope k. Santos
Lope K. Santos
Senator of the Philippines
(Twelfth District)
In office
Serving with Teofisto Guingona, Sr.
President Woodrow Wilson (1919-1921)
Warren G. Harding (1921-1922)
Preceded by Hadji Butu
Succeeded by Hadji Butu
Governor of Rizal
In office
Preceded by Jose G. Tupaz
Succeeded by Mariano C. Melendez
Governor of Nueva Vizcaya
In office
Personal details
Political party Nacionalista Party

Lope K. Santos (born Lope Santos y Canseco) (September 25, 1879 – May 1, 1963) was a Filipino Tagalog language writer and former senator of the Philippines. He is best known for his 1906 socialist novel, Banaag at Sikat and to his contributions for the development of Filipino grammar and Tagalog orthography.

Lope K. Santos was born in Pasig, Province of Manila (now a part of Metro Manila), as Lope Santos y Canseco to Ladislao Santos, a native of Pasig and Victorina Canseco, a native of San Mateo on September 25, 1879. His father was imprisoned during Philippine Revolution because Spanish authorities found copies of José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and Ang Kalayaan in his possession.

Santos was sent to Escuela Normal Superior de Maestros (Higher Normal School for Teachers) for education and later finished schooling at Colegio Filipino. During Philippine Revolution of 1896, Santos joined revolutionaries. By the time of the death of his mother, she requested Lope to marry Simeona Salazar. Marriage happened on February 10, 1900 and they were blessed with three children namely Lakambini, Luwalhati and Makaaraw.

He pursued law at the Academia de la Jurisprudencia then at Escuela Derecho de Manila (now Manila Law College Foundation) where he received Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912. In late 1900, Santos started writing his own newspaper Ang Kaliwanagan. This was also the time when socialism becomes an emerging idea in world ideology. When José Ma. Dominador Goméz was charged and sentenced by the Supreme Court of sedition and illegal association against the government in 1903, Goméz's labor group Union Obrera Democratica Filipina (Philippine Democratic Labor Union) was absorbed by Santos. The group was renamed as Union del Trabajo de Filipinas, but was later dissolved in 1907.

In 1903, Santos started publishing fragments of his first novel, Banaag at Sikat (From Early Dawn to Full Light) on his weekly labor magazine Muling Pagsilang (The Rebirth) and was completed in 1906. When published in book form, Santos' Banaag at Sikat was then considered as the first socialist-oriented book in the Philippines which expounded principles of socialism and seek labor reforms from the government. The book was later made an inspiration for the assembly of the 1932 Socialist Party of the Philippines and then the 1946 group Hukbalahap.

Santos became expert in dupluhan, a form of poetical debate during that time. Dupluhan can be compared to balagtasan which became popular half a century ago before Santos' time. He also founded Sampaguita, weekly lifestyle magazine.

In early 1910s, he started his campaign on promoting a '"national language for the Philippines", where he organized various symposia, lectures and headed numerous departments for national language in leading Philippine universities. In 1910, he was elected as governor of the province of Rizal under the Nacionalista Party. In 1918, he was appointed as the first Filipino governor of the newly resurveyed Nueva Vizcaya until 1920. Consequently, he was elected to the 5th Philippine Legislature as senator of the twelfth senatorial district representing provinces having a majority of non-Christian population. He was the primary author of Philippine Legislature Act No. 2946 which enacted November 30 every year as Bonifacio Day, honoring Andrés Bonifacio.[2]

In 1940, Santos published the first grammar book of the Filipino language, Balarila ng Wikang Pambansa (Grammar of the National Language) which was commissioned by the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (SWF). The next year, he was appointed by President Manuel L. Quezon as director of SWF until 1946. When the Philippines became a member of the United Nations he was selected to translate the 1935 Constitution for UNESCO. He was also appointed to assist for the translation of inaugural addresses of presidents Jose P. Laurel and Manuel A. Roxas.

In early 1960s, he underwent liver operations due to complication. Santos died on May 1, 1963.


The works of Santos include the following:

  • Banaag at Sikat (From Early Dawn to Full Light), 1903–06, first literary novel in Filipino language that incorporates socialist ideas and the works of the united associations of laborers.[3]
  • Ag̃ "Pag̃gig̃gera" (Tulag̃ Handog sa Kababaiga'g̃ Tagalog) (The "Paḡgiḡgera" (A Poem for Tagalog Women)), 1912, paḡgiḡgera is a form of early 20th century gambling.[4]
  • Kundanḡan...!: Nobelang Tagalog Katha (Deference...!: A Tagalog Novel), 1927, Santos' second literary novel.[5]
  • Tinḡíng Pahapáw sa Kasaysayan ñg Pámitikang Tagalog (Few Points in the History of Tagalog Literature), 1938[6]
  • Puso't Diwa (Heart and Spirit), three volume book collection of chosen poems of Santos during American period.
  • Sino Ka? Ako'y Si... 60 Sagot na mga Tulá (Who Are You? I am... 60 Answering Poems), 1946, collection of philosophical poems.[7]
  • Mga Hamak na Dakilà: 60 Tulâ (Mean Magnificent: 60 poems), 1950, humorous collection of war-period poems.[8]
  • "Makábagong" Balarilà?: Mga Puná at Payo sa "Sariling Wikà" ("Modern" Grammar?: Views and Advices for "National Language"), 1951, written in cooperation with Surian ng Wikang Pambansa director Cirilo H. Panganiban.[9]Ama ng Balarila ng Pilipinas


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14 news items

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:51:10 -0700

For Antonio Luna, we have the testimony of Antonio Jimenez, resident of Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, who exhumed Luna's remains in 1902 or 1903. His narration was published in the Tagalog newspaper edited by Lope K. Santos, La Sampaguita, on July 20, ...


Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:02:21 -0700

Abakada was the alphabet adopted by Lope K. Santos in his Balarila, or the Tagalog grammar then taught in schools, which was based on Jose P. Rizal's study titled “Estudios sobre la Lengua Tagala,” which he wrote while on exile in Dapitan and published ...
The Manila Times
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:03:45 -0700

... the Manila City Hall sent flowers to the tombs of some personalities in Manila South Cemetery such as President Elpidio Quirino, former Manila Mayors Ramon Bagatsing and Leon Guinto, and national artists Lucresia Roces Kasilag and Lope K. Santos.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:29:46 -0700

In 1939, Lope K. Santos developed Ang Balarila ng Wikang Pambansa (The Grammar of the National Language). Apart from rules on grammar, it contained the alphabet for the national language – the abakada, named after its first 3 letters. Following the ...


Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:10:47 -0700

H. Butu did not sit on the board and Isidro Abad replaced F. Sotto; later appointed as additional members were Zoilo Hilario (Kapampangan) Jose I. Zulueta (Pangasinan), and Lope K. Santos (Tagalog). Appointed as secretary and manager was C. Lopez.

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:54:04 -0700

Vehicles heading for San Joaquin from Mega Market should take Balderama Street, right to F. Antonio, left to Pio Alvarez, cross Kalawaan Bridge, right to Lope K. Santos Street to destination. Those heading for Pasig Mega Market from B. Bayan or San ...


Sat, 03 Dec 2011 12:54:38 -0800

His peers in this circle of great Tagalog writers were Lope K. Santos, Rosa Sevilla, Hermenigildo Cruz, Jaime de Veyra and Patricio Mariano. First gov of Nueva Ecija. As a politician, De los Santos was a member of the Malolos Congress. He served as ...
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 05:09:00 -0700

He would sometimes treat us to coffee and merienda at Taza de Oro, his favorite place. Lope K. Santos, author of the powerful social novel “Banaag at Sikat,” was my professor in Tagalog. He was the most relaxed professor I have ever known. He was ...

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