Lazaro Francisco was posthumously awarded the title Philippine National Artist for
Filipino Literature in 2009.
Between 1925 and 1960, Francisco wrote 12 novels. His novels tackled romance, class
tensions, tenancy issues, the excesses and exploitation of foreign capitalists, the
oppression of farmers and agrarian unrest. His novels placed him as the foremost
novelist in Filipino literature and were serialized and eagerly read in Liwayway,
the weekly Tagalog magazine.
His Tagalog novels include: "Singsing na Pangkasal," "Bayang Nagpatiwakal, Sa Paanan
ng Krus, Ilaw sa Hilaga, Binhi at Bunga," "Cesar," "Sugat ng Alaala," "Ama, Maganda
Pa Ang Daigdig," and "Daluyong."