With his extensive body of work, he occupies a solid place in Philippine literature in English and Spanish and the rarefied field of Catholic poetry. Critics have described his poetry as a conscience that attacks and spares no one except the weak. It is full of intrinsic insights into humanity and its connection with a greater being. His work explores the relationship between man and his Creator, between space and time, and between the earthly and heavenly continuums of life, alongside our overwhelming shared sense of love, courage and hope.
Gilbert Luis R. Centina III, award-winning poet and author, was born on May 19, 1947, in La Carlota City, the Philippines and died a victim of the coronavirus on May 1, 2020, in León, Spain. He was a Filipino American religious missionary of the Order of Saint Augustine.
In 1964, he entered the Augustinian monastery in the historic district of Intramuros, Manila. He later attended the University of Santo Tomás, the Philippines' pontifical and royal university.
Augustinian author Gilbert Luis R. Centina III was a leading voice in Catholic poetry. He died on May 1, 2020, due to complications from Covid-19.
From the Asian Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Manila under Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, he received the Catholic Authors Award in 1996, which he considered his most treasured recognition, along with his selection as one of the outstanding chaplains of the Philippines by the Knights of Columbus at the turn of the new millennium in 2000.
• Recovecos/Crevices (2020)
• Plus ultra y otros poemas/Plus Ultra and Other Poems (2020)
• Madre España and Illustrated Poems (2019)
• Spiritual Quest in Verse (2017)
• Diptych/Díptico (2017)
• Getxo and Other Poems (2014)
• Triptych and Collected Poems (2013)
• Somewhen (2013)
• Wages of in (1988)
• Glass of Liquid Truths (1974; 1979; 2013)
• Our Hidden Galaxette (1970; 2013)
His paternal grandparents were lovers of education. His grandmother, a schoolteacher, and his grandfather, a land surveyor, saw to it that every single one of their children earned a college education. His artistic bent comes from a childhood surrounded with charcoal etchings by his maternal grandfather.
He came from a family of artists. His father, an educator, contributed articles to national magazines in the Philippines and authored a posthumously published book, Almost on the Carpet. One of his two younger sisters is a painter, while two of his four brothers are poets. In 2001, the State of New Jersey honored his father with a certificate of recognition for his valiant efforts in the Asiatic-Pacific War Theater as a combat intelligence and counter-intelligence officer during World War II under the United States Army Forces Far East and the organized guerrilla movement against the invading Japanese Imperial Army.
His artistic bent comes from a childhood surrounded with charcoal etchings by his maternal grandfather Eliodoro Ramos, an amateur painter who studied law while serving in the U.S. Navy and being deployed at the Panama Canal and Annapolis, Maryland in the 1920s.