Manuel H. Bernabe (1890-1960) was a poetic joust, a lawyer and an academician.
He studied in the Ateneo and taught Spanish in various institutions such as the University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Philippine Law School and the Instituto Español de Letran. He also became head of the Departamento de Español of the University of the Philippines.
He was also a lawyer who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas who then became congressman for the Province of Rizal. He became editor of official documents of the Senate and in 1929, he successfully blocked the law against cockfighting by pleading that the pelea de gallos was the only remaining Filipino custom.
In 1930, he was chosen a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in the Philippines for his academic and excellent performance. He was also named poet laureate in Spanish on 25 February 1950.
He received two decorations from Spain for his untiring efforts in the propagation and conservation of the Spanish language - El Yugo y las Flechas (1940) and Orden de Isabela la Catolica (1953).
He was a recipient of the Premio Zobel in 1924 and 1926 for his Spanish translation of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat.
- Brillantes, Lourdes. 81 Years of Premio Zobel: A Legacy of Philippine Literature in Spanish. Philippines:Filipinas Heritage Library, 2006.
- "Manuel H. Bernabe." geocities. http://www.geocities.com/sinupan/BernabeM.htm (accessed on 5 Oct 2007)