Gregorio F. Zaide

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Dr. Gregorio F. Zaide, Ph.D.
Born (1907-05-25)May 25, 1907
Pagsanjan, Laguna, Philippines
Died 1986 (aged 79)
Manila
Resting place
Pagsanjan, Laguna
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Education University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas
Occupation Writer, author, historian
Children Sonia Magbanua Zaide
Gregorio F. Zaide
Mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna
In office
1971–1975
Personal details
Born (1907-05-25)May 25, 1907
Pagsanjan, Laguna, Philippines
Died 1986 (aged 79)
Manila
Resting place Pagsanjan, Laguna
Children Sonia Magbanua Zaide
Alma mater University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas

Gregorio F. Zaide (May 25, 1907 – 1986) was a Filipino historian, author and politician from the town of Pagsanjan, Laguna in the Philippines. A multi-awarded author, Zaide wrote 67 books and more than 500 articles about history, he is known as the "Dean of Filipino Historiographers."[1] He was one of the founders of the International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA), and president of the Philippine Historical Association for three terms. As a politician, he served as the mayor of his hometown of Pagsanjan from 1971 to 1975.[2]

Biography[edit]

Zaide was born in Pagsanjan, Laguna on May 25, 1907. He was known as "Goyo" to the people of his home town of Pagsanjan. He was married to Lily Magbanua.

He retired on May 25, 1964 and entered politics, winning as mayor of Pagsanjan from 1971 to 1975. While serving his post, he wrote a book about his town, Pagsanjan, In History and Legend, released in 1975 (of which excerpts are published in the town's official website).[3] Dr. Gregorio F. Zaide died in 1986.

His published works are periodically updated by his daughter Sonia Magbanua Zaide, an accomplished historian and writer herself, holding Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her published works, like her father's, are usually required textbooks or additional reading materials in most Philippine high schools and colleges.[1] Sonia owns and runs a publishing company called, All Nations Publishing, Inc.

Education[edit]

Gregorio Zaide's primary and secondary education were in Spanish language, when it was the social language of the Philippines. He graduated valedictorian from Laguna High School (now called the Pedro Guevara Memorial National High School) in Santa Cruz, Laguna in 1926. He obtained his Master of Arts in 1931 from the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1934 from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Career[edit]

In his time, he was the most traveled Filipino historian, with teaching and research stints at various universities and institutions in the Philippines and around the world. He worked at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City; at the University of Santo Tomas, San Beda College, University of Manila, and Far Eastern University in Manila. He also taught and researched for the University of Hawaii and around the United States, as well as at the United Nations and around Asia. As a fluent speaker of the Spanish language, he worked in Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. He became a member of Instituto Historico de la Independencia Americana (Historical Institute of American Independence) in Argentina and the Instituto Panamericano de Geografia e Historia (Pan American Institute of Geography and History) in Mexico.

He was elected as President of the Philippine Historical Association and served in this capacity for three terms - between 1965-1966 and in 1971. He was also an active member of the American Historical Association based in Washington, D.C.. He was a member of both the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

He was one of the founders of the International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA). Dr. Zaide was a Paul Harris Fellowship of the Rotary Club.

In 1956, his wrote the screenplay for the Larry Santiago Productions' movie Heneral Paua, a movie about Jose Ignacio Paua, a Filipino-Chinese blacksmith turned general, a relatively unknown hero of the Philippine revolution.[4]

He became the first Professor emeritus of History at the Far Eastern University after he retired in 1964.

Major works[edit]

Zaide was a prolific writer and historian writing about 67 books, which were adopted as textbooks for high schools and colleges. He also authored more than 500 articles in history published in both national and international newspapers and academic journals.

Among his contributions to Philippine history are the following books:[5]

  • A Documentary History of the Katipunan
  • History of the Katipunan
  • Philippine Political and Cultural History
  • Great Events in Philippine History
  • History of the Filipino People
  • History of Asian Nations
  • Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings
  • The Philippine Revolution
  • Riquezas Filipinas en los Archivos de Mexico (Titled in Spanish language)
  • Great Filipinos in History
  • The Pageant of Philippine History.
  • World History

Awards[edit]

Zaide was the first Asian to win the United Nations Study Award in 1957. He was awarded by the Philippine government the prestigious Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1968.

His other awards includes:

  • Diploma of Outstanding Writings on Filipino National Heroes
  • A Special Prize in History in the 1940 Commonwealth Literary Contest
  • Diploma of Distinction for research on the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero
  • Distinguished Public Service Award.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sonia Magbanua Zaide". Pagsanjan Official Website. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  2. ^ Zaide, Dr. Gregorio F. (1975). "Pagsanjan, In History and Legend, Chapter 6", pg. 6. Pagsanjan.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  3. ^ "History". Pagsanjan Official Website]. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  4. ^ "Heneral Paua (1956)". IMDB.com. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  5. ^ "Gregorio F. Zaide". Open Library.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.

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