Maningning Miclat
Born(1972-04-15)April 15, 1972
Beijing, China
DiedSeptember 29, 2000(2000-09-29) (aged 28)
Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
OccupationPoet and painter

Maningning Miclat (April 15, 1972 – September 29, 2000) was a Filipina poet and painter born in China to Filipino parents. She was known for her Chinese bamboo Zen paintings as well as her poetry.[1]


Excerpt from Why The Mural?

Beside this poem
is a prayer
frozen in the acrylic paints.

Beside this poem
is a mural
- a desire for space.

Maningning Miclat Poems[2]

Miclat was born in Beijing, China on April 15, 1972 to Badjao parents who were then based there. She has a younger sister, Banaue, who would later become an aspiring opera singer in New York City. Her family left the Philippines in 1969 during the Marcos regime and moved to China in 1971. In 1986, she and her family returned to the Philippines after the People Power Revolution that saw the removal of Ferdinand Marcos from power.[3] As a result of her being born in China she became fluent in three languages, namely Mandarin Chinese, Filipino, and English.

In 1987, she published her first book of poems, Wo De Shi (lit.'My Poems'), in Mandarin Chinese,[1] and held her first solo show of traditional Chinese painting, Maningning: An Exhibit of Chinese Brush Works.[4] She had four more solo shows in her lifetime.

Miclat became a Fellow of the University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop in 1990 and won an award for a Filipino play there.[1] She also became a Fellow of the Silliman National Writers Workshop.

In 1992, she won the Art Association of the Philippines Grand Prize for a painting entitled Trouble in Paradise, and her second book of poetry, Voice from the Underworld, was a finalist in the country's 2001 National Book Award.[5]

Miclat attended the University of the Philippines Diliman to pursue a master's degree in Fine Arts and then taught at the Far Eastern University.[1]

Death and legacy

In 2000, at the age of 28, she jumped from the seventh floor of the Education Hall Building of Far Eastern University in Manila where she was teaching at the time.[6] In 2001, the Maningning Foundation was founded in her memory to celebrate the talents of young artists both in the visual and written arts.[3][7]

Poetry and publications


  1. ^ a b c d "Maningning Miclat". Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Maningning Miclat (April 15, 1972 – September 29, 2000)". facebook (retrieved: 22 April 2009).
  3. ^ a b Luce, Jim. The Huffington Post, March 31, 2009
  4. ^ "Maningning Poetry Awards & Concert at Philam". Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  5. ^ Jorge, Rome (2006-08-14). "Maningning still shines for all of us". The Manila Times. The Manila Times Publishing Corp.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Lolarga, Elizabeth (2012-04-22). "Maningning lives anew in the Miclat family's season of rebirth". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  7. ^ Ortega Laparan II, Leo (2004-11-03). "A night of shining star(tist)s at the Shang". The Manila Bulletin Online.