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Name  Edwin Cordevilla

Role  Poet
Edwin Cordevilla
Books  The Occasions of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Ten Thousand Lines: Project for World Peace

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Edwin M. Cordevilla (born September 30, 1967), is a poet and journalist based in the Philippines. He is the author of Phoenix and Other Poems (published in 2000), The Occasions of Air, Fire, Water, Earth (2012), and the non-traditional epic poem Ten Thousand Lines Project For World Peace (2013). He is a co-author of the coffee-table book, Marikina: Kapuri-Puri Ka (2002), showcasing the transformation of Marikina from a backward municipality to a vibrant and model city, and the principal author of Duterte Chronicles: The Storm From Davao (2016), a book that re-created the rise of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from obscurity to the Philippine presidency, covering the years 2014 to 2016.



Phoenix was a collection of earlier poems by Cordevilla which were mostly published in the Philippines Graphic weekly magazine in the 1990s, especially the long poem, '"The Last Rose," which was serialized in the magazine. Philippines Graphic's literary section was edited then by National Artist For Literature Nick Joaquin.

According to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Official Website, during its diamond foundation anniversary celebrations in 2004, the Far Eastern University honored Cordevilla as one of her Outstanding Alumni in the field of Journalism. Furthermore, the FEU Institute of Arts and Sciences also states Cordevilla as one of its prominent and outstanding alumni. He is a member of the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, and Novelists).

Cordevilla has been cited as the last of the Filipino Romantic poets in English. Gémino Abad has written:

...the Romantic spirit did not vanish altogether. Villa, who wrote his last poem, "The Anchored Angel," in 1953, continued to be a strong influence in the craft of poetry well into the ‘70s, as one might see in the poems of Jolico Cuadra and Luis Francia, and even today in Augustta de Almeidda and Edwin Cordevilla.

Cordevilla's third book, the epic, Ten Thousand Lines Project For World Peace, is a long poem that surpasses the English epic Beowulf by three times its length. It is also the longest poem ever written by a Filipino in record time: of two years and two months from January 2010 to March 2012.

Meanwhile, a giant book version of the epic was produced in September 2012 which caught the interest of the local media, especially the giant television network GMA 7 which aired a feature story and a live studio interview with the author. Another major television network ABC-5 also featured the giant book version of the epic. The giant book measured 2' X 4'.


  • The Occasions of Air, Fire, Water, Earth (2012, Central Books; ISBN 978-971-011-512-9)
  • Ten Thousand Lines Project For World Peace (2013, Central Books: ISBN 978-971-011-734-5)
  • Phoenix: Poems (2000, sponsored by Jo-Er Printing Press)
  • References

    Edwin Cordevilla Wikipedia

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