Manuel Bernabe was a poet, a lawyer and an academician.
Bernabe taught Spanish in various institutions such as the University of the Philippines,
Far Eastern University, Philippine Law School and the Instituto Español de Letran.
In 1950, he was named poet laureate in Spanish and received decorations from Spain
for his untiring efforts in the propagation and conservation of the Spanish language.
Bernabe was also a lawyer who became congressman for the Province of Rizal. He
became editor of official documents of the Senate and in 1929, he successfully blocked
the law against cockfighting by pleading that the pelea de gallos was the only remaining