Wenceslao Retana

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Photograph of W.E. Retana.

Wenceslao "Wenchesco" Emilio Retana y Gamboa (1862–1924), also known as W.E. Retana or Wenceslao E. Retana, was a 19th-century Spanish civil servant, colonial administrator, writer, biographer, political commentator, publisher, bibliophile, bibliographer, Filipiniana collector, Spanish filipinologist, and Philippine scholar. Retana was a "onetime adversary" of Philippine national hero José Rizal who later became an "admirer" who wrote the first biographical account of the life of Rizal entitled Vida y Escritos del Dr. José Rizal or "Life and Writings of Dr. José Rizal".[1][2] Rosa M. Vallejo described Retana as the "foremost" non-Filipino filipinologist.[3]


  1. ^ Roces, Alejandro R. Rizal's Death Anniversary, Roses & Thorns, Opinion, The Philippine Star, December 29, 2009, philstar.com
  2. ^ Yoder, Robert L. Wenceslao "Wenchesco" E. Retana, from footnotes of Chapter 18: Rizal the Man, joserizal.info
  3. ^ Vallejo, Rosa M. (...) "Wenceslao Emilio Retana y Gamboa, foremost foreign Filipinologist" (...), Bibliographical Works, Philippine Bibliographies, ncca.gov.ph

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