Twentieth-century Filipino writer whose poetic work is characterized by its innovative use of punctuation and rhyme. His best-known works include Footnote to Youth, The Emperor's New Sonnet, and The Anchored Angel.
He took pre-medicine, pre-law, and art courses at the University of the Philippines before focusing on creative writing.
He is associated with the modernist and surrealist literary movements.
His ten-year marriage to Rosemarie Lamb produced two sons.
His pen name, "Doveglion," became the title of a poem written in Villa's honor by e.e. cummings.