Maria “Manding Karya” Alcordo-Cabigon
Daughter of Alfonso Alcorisa Alcordo and Filomena Gonzales Molina from Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.
Prodigious writer; her works first found publication in 1902 when it was an all-male world (using various masculine pen names); wrote drama, novels, poems and essays; except for mega-hit advice column in Bisaya, chose to be a freelance writer; her weekly Panid ni Manding Karya received an average 20 letters a day seeking advice (a thousand internet hits today?) which she tried to answer personally (and mailed to the person) those that could no longer be accommodated in her column.
Married to Filomeno Tapia Cabigon of San Fernando with 4 children two of whom died in infancy. I was delighted to read in the Marriage records of 1897 that one of the witnesses to their wedding was Gliceria Tapia, my maternal great-grandmother.
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