Meet the first robot that writes poems in Filipino

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“Basically, inaaral niya ang pagkasunod-sunod ng mga letters and the way she generates text is, she generates one letter, one character at a time,” says Marlon Hacla, the creator of the robot. Photo from ESTELA VADAL/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Marlon Hacla, a programmer as well as the author of the books “May Mga Dumaang Anghel sa Parang,” “Labing-Anim na Liham ng Kataksilan,” and “Glossolalia,” wanted to merge both of his interests into one project: a robot that generates poetry.

“Estela Vadal is the first AI machine na nagsusulat ng tula sa Filipino,” says Hacla. “Ipinangalan ko siya sa nanay ko and in a way tribute na rin para sa kanya.”

He launched the robot in December 2018 at Roel’s Bookshop in Quezon City, where visitors of the bookstore also had the chance to play with Estela. The AI machine also has a twitter account where she tweeted lines of poetry everyday since October 2017 until her launch.

Hacla explains that the machine creates poetry on a per character level. “Basically, inaaral niya ang pagkasunod-sunod ng mga letters and the way she generates text is, she generates one letter, one character at a time,” he adds.

“Surprisingly, through this method, sobrang lucid, sobrang poetic ng mga text na na-ge-generate niya.”

Learn more about Estela Vadal in the video below.

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Roel’s Bookshop is located at 176 Maginhawa St, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.