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Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero (January 22, 1911 - April 28, 1995) was a Filipino playwright, director, teacher and theater artist. He has written well over a hundred plays, 41 of which have been published. His unpublished plays have either been broadcast over the radio or staged in various parts of the Philippines.

His publications include 13 Plays (first published in 1947), 8 Other Plays (1952), 7 More Plays (1962), 12 New Plays (1975), My Favorite 11 Plays (1976), 4 Latest Plays (1980), Retribution and eight other selected plays (1990) and The Guerreros of Ermita (1988).

He has been the teacher of some of the most famous people in the Performing Arts at present: Behn Cervantes, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Joy Virata, and Joonee Gamboa.[1]


Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero was born in Ermita, Manila. At the Age 14, he has already written his first play in Spanish, entitled, "No Todo Es Risa." This play was produced at the Ateneo de Manila University when he was 15.

Aside from becoming a reporter and a proofreader for La Vanguardia, a Spanish newspaper, and a drama critic for the Manila Tribune, he also worked for some time in Philippine Films as a scriptwriter. He also became the director Filipino Players from 1941-1947. In 1947 he was appointed as the University of the Philippines Dramatic Club director despite lacking a degree, a position he served for sixteen years.[2]

In 1962, he organized and directed the U.P. Mobile Theater that goes on the road all over the Philippines to for performances.[2]

Several Guerrero plays have been translated into and produced in Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Tagalog, Visayan, Ilocano and Waray. Six of his plays have been produced abroad: "Half an Hour in a Convent" at the Pasadena Playhouse, California; "Three Rats" at the University of Kansas; "Condemned" in Oahu, Hawaii; "One, Two, Three" (premiere performance) at the University of Washington, Seattle; "Wanted: A Chaperon" at the University of Hawaii; and "Conflict" in Sydney, Australia.[2]

He is the first Filipino to have a theater named after him within his lifetime: The Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater of the University of the Philippines.[2]

His Life as a Child

Wilfrido grew up from a wealthy family. His father, Dr. Manuel, was considered the most renowned doctor of his time, his reputation based on his “clinical eye” which could diagnose a person’s illness by just studying that person’s outside appearance. Among his clients were some of Manila’s richest, like Brias Roxas, the Ayalas, Pardo de Taveras, Zobels, Roceses, Osmeñas, Alberts, etc. Thus, his father could afford to give them all the comforts of life.

They were not allowed to eat with their hands and they were forbidden to speak Tagalog. He had a totally comfortable life.

He was nearly seven when his father died. They were left with the big house at Plaza Ferguson, two cars (which his mother sold), and a Php10,000 life insurance. Five months after the funeral, they rented the first floor of his cousins the Mossesgelds’ house for Php50.00. His mother had their house rented to an American family and they lived on the monthly income. All of them being To be able to study high school in Ateneo in Intramuros, he and his brothers, Edmundo, Lorenzo, Manuel became choristers. They got free tuition which was Php60.00 a semester, but they had to buy their textbooks. When he reached third-year high school, being sick and fed up with having to hear daily Mass, he took the courage to go to Don Alejandro Roces, Sr., who had been one of his father’s patients and whose wife was a close friend of their mother. He went to Roces’ office at the Manila Tribune and stated his purpose. Don Alejandro readily agreed, and he paid for his tuition for his last two years in high school.

Why He Started Writing

His favorite aunt, Maria Araceli, discovered his writing ability. When he was around 12 or 13, she noticed him writing on scraps of paper, then hiding them inside his cabinet drawer.

He wrote his first complete one-act play, No Todo Es Risa, while in his second year high school. He showed it to the late Father Juan Trinidad, S.J. (who at that time was translating the Bible into Tagalog) and he liked it. The priest said his Spanish was idiomatic and decided to stage it for their Father Rector’s (Fr. O’Brien) birthday.

And yet soon after his aunts death, he wrote some of his most popular comedies, like Movie Artists, Basketball Fight, and Wanted: A Chaperon.

Years later, he made his aunt the principal character in Forever as Maria Teresa and later as Maria Araceli in Frustrations. “Both women are like my aunt: imperious, strong-willed, wise, but also humane,” he wrote.[2]


He has received three national awards: the Rizal Pro-Patria Award in 1961, the Araw ng Maynila Award in 1969, and the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1972.

The U.P. Mobile Theater has been a recipient of two awards when he was its director: The Citizen's Council for Mass Media Trophy (1966) and the Balagtas Award (1969).[2]

In 1997, Guerrero was posthumously distinguished as a National Artist for Philippine Theatre.[3]



  1. ^ About Culture and Arts
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero
  3. ^ Guerrero, Wilfrido Ma. The Guerreros of Ermita: Family History and Personal Memoirs.Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1988.

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The Condemned Film Adaptation by Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero

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FOREVER by PUNP CE/CPE2 S.Y. 2012-2013

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forever directed by Christian A. Villamor

written by Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero.

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:21:46 -0800

The 150th birth anniversary of national hero Apolinario Mabini came to a fitting conclusion with Dulaang UP's “Ang Muling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini” by dramatist Floy Quintos and composer Krina Cayabyab (at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater); with ...


Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:48:26 -0800

Dulaang UP's “The Country Wife”/“Ang Misis kong Promdi” has remaining performances Saturday and Sunday at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. Call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara tel. 9261349, 4337840 or 9818500 loc.

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Philippine Star
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:45:00 -0800

“I felt I was time warped when I entered (the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater at the UPD's Palma Hall). I was transported back to the time when I was doing plays for Dulaang UP in the early '90s. I was doing plays until 1993 like Tempest of William ...
Thu, 09 Feb 2012 07:40:16 -0800

MANILA, Philippines—In celebration of National Artist for Theatre Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's birth centennial and to cap its 36th Season, Dulaang UP presents one of his most celebrated works, “The Forsaken House,” under the direction of multi-awarded ...
GMA News
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:50 -0700

"Measure for Measure"/"Hakbang sa Hakbang" runs from August 20 to September 7 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. The performance dates are as follows: First week (English) August 20, 21 and 22 - 7 ...


Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:00:00 -0700

“Ang Nawalang Kapatid” will go onstage the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. Seats are limited. For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara, ...

GMA News

GMA News
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:45:08 -0700

... the higher moral principles of life. — BM, GMA News “Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini” runs until Oct. 24 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman. For more information, call the Dulaang UP Office at 9261349 or visit its official ...
GMA News
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:36:56 -0700

Measure for Measure/Hakbang sa Hakbang ran from August 20 to September 7 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman. For more information about Dulaang UP's new season, call 926-1349 and 433-7480 or visit its official Facebook page.

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