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Beato A. de la Cruz (1912–1982)

Author of A study of the Aklanon dialect

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Acknowledged as Aklan's literary legend and distinguished educator in the mold of Dominador Ilio and his brother Roman A. Dela Cruz, the late Dr. Beato is the former Schools Division Superintendent of Aklan, former Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of West Visayas State University (formerly West Visayas State College) and has served in the Propaganda Corps of the 66th Infantry Combat Team, 6th Military District (Panay) during the World War II.

Dr. Beato's works were published in Philippine Journal of Education, The Sunday Post Magazine, Philippine Outlook and the Philippine Prose and Poetry. His literary works were included in Guerilla Flower, an anthology of war time creative writings.
As a journalist, he was a newspaper correspondent for The Manila Times, The Philippine News Service and The Evening News and a staff member of The Announcer of Kalibo.

Born on February 21, 1912 in Barangay Tinigaw Manabayan in Kalibo, Aklan, Dr. Beato is the grandson of Roman Aguirre, one of the revered 19 Martyrs of Aklan. He also contributed in the birth of a World War II guerilla paper "Kalibo War Bulletin," the widest circulated paper in the entire Panay Island.

Dr. Beato, who died on December 31, 1982, was married to Josefina Mirasol Icamina and blessed with seven children - Advers Zita C. Evensen, Gualterio Zola, Josefina Aida Celeste C. Constantino, the late Aloysius Pacelli, Grazia Athena C. Zaulda, Beato Amiel Vinci and John Guidon Macciri.
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