Today in Philippine History, November 9, 1912, Teodoro A. Agoncillo was born in Lemery, Batangas

Wednesday November 09, 2011 ()

On November 9, 1912, Teodoro A. Agoncillo, a renowned Filipino historian and national scientist, was born in Lemery, Batangas.

Agoncillo started writing history from the so-called Filipino point of view, along with his contemporary historians Renato Constantino and Gregorio F. Zaide.

Teodoro A. Agoncillo, a renowned Filipino historian and national scientist   
Teodoro Agoncillo   

They stand as the most prominent 20th century Filipino historians to emerge during the post-war period.

Agoncillo's "History of the Filipino People" was first published in 1960. To date, it remains a popular standard textbook in many Filipino universities as are many of Agoncillo's other works.

Some of his other well-known works include Revolt of the Masses (1956), Malolos: the Crisis of the Republic (1960), the Fateful Years (1965), and History of the Filipino People (1960) which are all still being used as textbooks in many schools.

For this outstanding works as a historian, he was conferred as a National Scientist in 1985.

Accordingly, Agoncillo obtained a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of the Philippines (U.P.) in 1934 and a master's degree in the arts from the same university the following year.

He became linguistic assistant at the Institute of National Language and as an instructor at the Far Eastern University and the Manuel L. Quezon University and a faculty member of U.P., chairing the Department of History from 1963 to 1969, until his retirement in 1977.

Until his death on January 14, 1985, Agoncillo served as a member of the National Historical Institute.

Source: Philippine New Agency
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