Nicomedes “Onching” M. Joaquin was born on May 4, 1917 in Paco, Manila. His mother was a public school teacher and a colonel father in the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
Nick Joaquin started to write short stories, poems, and essays in 1934. Consider as a brilliant kid, he did not get to finish high school, he discovered that he could study more by reading books on his own, and his father’s library had countless of the books he mind to read. He wrote so variedly and so well about so many phase of the Filipino throughout his entire life span.
He helps form and led the union of employees of the pre-martial law Philippines Free Press. Unidentified to the country, Joaquin wrote in opposition to Martial Law for the subversive press during that dim era.
He primarily triumph national compliments with his essay La Naval de Manila in 1943 in a competition supported by the Dominican Fathers. The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) afterward awarded him an Associate in Arts certificate as of his literary talents.
Among his huge works that have become tack readings in English classes are The Woman Who Had Two Navels, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, Manila, My Manila: A History for the Young, The Ballad of the Five Battles, Rizal in Saga, Almanac for Manileños, Cave and Shadows, to name a few.
In current years, Joaquin took to writing custom-built biographies, among these are Jaime Ongpin The Enigma: A Profile of a Filipino as Manager; The Dance-drama That is Leonor Goquinco; The Aquinos of Tarlac; Nineteenth Century Manila: The World of Damian Domingo; La Orosa; and Mr. FEU: The Culture Hero That was Nicanor Reyes.
Among his most recent titles were Madame Excelsis: Historying Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; Palacio de Malacañan: 200 Years of a Ruling House and Rizal in Saga.
Joaquin also acknowledged the following awards: City of Manila’s Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award in 1964; the Harry Stonehill Novel Award in 1962; the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1961; and the Most Outstanding Young Man in Literature in 1955.