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Filipina nurse bags two awards in World Congress of Poets

/ 04:50 PM July 16, 2011

Filipina poet Dory Maganito won two major awards at the recently concluded 22nd World Congress of Poets in Greece.

Maganito, a nurse, bagged 1st place in the Free Verse category and 2nd place in the Open Form category last July 3.

She also received a citation with an Excellence in Poetry Award from the United Poets Laureate International.


Maganito is a Distinguished Member of the International Society of Poets. Her victory in Greece was not her first. She was also one of the top 10 finalists competing for the honor of Poet of the Year at the 2000 International Society of Poets convention held in Washington D.C.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Maganito obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at St. Paul’s College, Manila. She also earned her Public Health Nursing Certification at San Jose State University in California.

Maganito is a registered nurse with eight years of experience in hospice care. She is currently working as a medical-surgical nurse at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California.

The Awakening of a Soul is her first book.

Here’s one of the pieces that she has written and interpreted.


By Rhodora P. Maganito

Mother, how can we thank you for all the sacrifices


and love you’ve shared on our behalf?

Your are the driving force that keeps

the family intact in times of difficulty,

A strong hand and voice that never hesitates

to offer tough love no matter the cost.

Passionate, hardworking and yes, proud;

intent in keeping what you think is best for your children.

Hiding your own pains and sorrows

but never hesitating to speak out and fight when pushed;

especially in moments when your

integrity and honesty is questioned.

Untiringly giving of yourself even in old age,

the love you have shines like a light

that warms the hearts of those around you.

Listen, Mother–

Your legacy of love is not in vain,

for it will live on in our hearts and minds forever.

Waiting in Trust

By Rhodora P. Maganito

I have a question without an answer

It means a lot to me…

But then I realize the future is not mine to see,

It helps to distinguish between imagination and reality

To be grounded, with a keen eye to observe

What’s really happening within me…

Mind, heart and spirit must work in harmony

With God at my side, I’ll let go and let it be…

The answer will unfold…in His time, I’ll see.

Ashes of Roses

By Rhodora P. Maganito

Ashes of roses blown by the wind of time

Softening reflections of a love once known,

Lingering thoughts too precious to let go

Heart’s yearnings encumbered

with a passion diminished not by time.

Go forth, follow your heart’s desire

Fly with the wind, let it carry you

to the garden where first love blooms forever,

to the deep caverns of your mind,

where only the touch of the Rose

can release the burning flame

of a passion imprisoned–

Now blown…like ashes of roses…

by the wind of time.

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