Juan R. Francisco

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Juan R. Francisco is a Filipino Indologist[1] who discovered the Maranao version of the Ramayana, which is native to the Philippines. He then translated it into English. He is also a professor at the University of the Philippines in Manila. For several years he served as the Executive Director of the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF), administering the Fulbright Program in the Philippines.


He has a Ph.D in Sanskrit from the University of Madras, and he studied under Indologist Raghavan from Chennai. Francisco himself taught another Filipino Indologist, Josephine Acosta Pasricha.


  • Indian Influences in the Philippines (1964)
  • Maharadia Lawana (1969)
  • Sanskrit in Philippine Language and Literature (1973)
  • From Ayodhya to Pulu Agamaniog: Rama's Journey to the Philippines (1994)


  1. Fernández, Doreen (1996). Palabas: essays on Philippine theater history. Ateneo de Manila University Press. ISBN 978-971-550-188-0. 

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