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Francisco Balagtas was born in Panginay, Bigaa (now Balagtas), Bulacan on April 2, 1788 to Juan Balagtas and Juana dela Cruz. He was also called Francisco Baltazar or Kikong Balagtas. He was married to Juana Tiambeng of Orion, Bataan by whom he had eleven children.
Even as a boy, Balagtas was a lover of beauty. He loved to watch the green country and hear the rustling of the leaves. He could see "stars" in the sparks caused by the pounding of his father, a blacksmith. He could hear "music" in the sound of the shoes of horses