Francisco Blancas de San Jose

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Francisco Blancas de S. Jose, O. P. was a Dominican priest, who was known for installing the first printing press in the Philippines in 1602. Known as the father of Tagalog grammarians, he also produced significant treatises on Tagalog language.

Blancas de San Jose's works include Libro de Nuestra Señora del Rosario en lengua y letra de Filipinas, the first book printed by movable type in 1602; the Libro de los Cuatro Postrimerias del Hombre, the first typographic book printed in 1604; and the landmark grammar book La Regla y Arte de la Lengua Tagala in 1610.


  • Alip, Eufronio M. Tagalog literature: a historico-critical study. Manila: U.S.T. Press, 1930.
  • Vallejo, Rosa M. Books and bookmaking in the Philippines. (Accessed on 20 April 2010).



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