Solivén was born on September 4, 1929 at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines. His father Benito, who died from the after effects of the Bataan Death March and eventual imprisonment in Capas, Tarlac during World War II, was elected to serve in the pre-war National Assembly. Solivén himself spent his undergraduate years at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he received the OZANAM award for writing. Soliven received a Ph.D from Harvard University in International Studies.
Solivén was also proficient in Spanish, as it was also one of the languages used by his Ilocano grandparents who influenced him.
His youngest sister, Ethel Soliven Timbol, is also a journalist. She was a writer and Lifestyle Editor of the Manila Bulletin from 1964, retiring in 2007.
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