is a Filipino literature professor,
historian and critic. He has a Ph.D. in Literature from the
University of the
. He is retired as Professor at the University of San Carlos (USC) in
He was founding director (1975-96) of USC's
Cebuano Studies Center
, a pioneering local studies center
in the Philippines.
He has authored books in Philippine history, literature, and
politics. His most recent book is Waiting for Mariang Makiling:
Essays in Philippine Cultural History
(2002). He has worked on
the emergence of modern disciplines in the Philippines through the
careers of three Filipino intellectuals (Pedro Paterno
, T.H. Pardo de Tavera
, Isabelo de los Reyes
), whose writings
span the years 1876-1933 in fields like history, anthropology,
linguistics, and sociology.
He has been a recipient of six Philippine National Book Awards. His
other books include The War Against the Americans: Resistance
and Collaboration in Cebu Province
; Aboitiz: Family &
Firm in the Philippines
; House of Memory: Essays
Vicente Sotto, The Maverick
, Cebuano Studies Center (1992)
has been a visiting professor at the University of Kyoto, The National University of
Singapore and the University of
California at Los Angeles where he lectures on "The Philippine Novel," and
"Topics in Philippine Cultural History"
writing the History of Cebu Province for the Cebu
Town History Project.