Balagtas swore he would overcome Huseng Sisiw as he would not ask anything in return as a poet.(source: Talambuhay ng mga Bayani, for Grade 6 textbook)Balagtas' affections for MAR were challenged by the influential Mariano Capule.
He defended Antonio and he was crowned as “King of Balagtasan” by the Taliba ng Inang Wika or TANIW headed by Lope K. He has also served as director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the National Press Club; publisher of Agriscope, and chair/president of World Media Groove. his other works are found in Galian and New Poems in Pilipino.
In 1990 he became executive producer of the TV program (Eight Decades of Modern Poetry), “Isang Tanong sa Sarili” (A Question for Myself) and “Ako si Virgilio V. He wrote a Pampango passion play, Vitug has won the following awards; honorable mention, “Simula ng Gabi sa Luba” (Evening Commences in Lubao), 1969, and “Isang Tanong sa Sarili,” 1976, in the Talaang Ginto of the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, respectively; special award, Loyola Poetry Contest, 1972; and second prize, National Zarzuela Writing Contest for “Hoy, Boyet” (Hey, Boyet).
He wrote Magat, Ama ng Lahing Kayumanggi, a novel, in prose with Macario Pineda as co-atuhor. His lyric poems Ang Nayon ko and Gagamba at Alitaptap have been anthologized in Walong Dekada ng Makabagong Tulang Pilipino, 1981.
In 1937, Mar Antonio won a gold medal in the annual choice by the Kapisanang Ilaw ng Bayan in Bulacan for his poem, “Ang Nayon Ko.” He was proclaimed poet laureate by the Kapisanang Diwang Ginto for his poem, “Ilaw.”, and by Liwayway in 1938.
his poetry collections (Batanes and Other Lands, 1989) all won prizes in the Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature.
His essay “Ang Mga Badjaw sa Tungkalang” (The Bajao of Tungkalang, 1988) also won in the Palanca Award.
in 1840 where he served as the assistant to the Justice of peace and later, in 1856, as the Major Lieutenant.
He was also appointed as the translator of the court.
There is also a plaza and park (Plaza Balagtas) erected in Pandacan, Manila while most of the streets were named after various Florante at Laura characters in honor of Francisco Balagtas.
His birthplace, Bigaa, Bulacan, was renamed to Born on 21 December 1953 in Hagonoy, Bulacan.