Isaac Donoso

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"An expert on Philippine Studies, Donoso (Alcoy, Spain, 1979) has dedicated himself especially to the study of the linguistic and expressive richness of Philippine literature, a mosaic of oral and written traditions in several Austronesian and international languages, including Spanish, English and Arabic. "

Isaac Donoso (Alcoy, Spain, 1979) is a Spanish writer and philologist, Hispanist and Arabist, but, above all, a Filipino at heart. He is deputy director of Revista Filipina, one of the longest-running publications on the web, and has written and edited numerous texts on Hispanic language and literature in the Philippines.  

 

He has devoted himself especially to the study of the linguistic and expressive richness of Philippine literature, as well as to the cultural diversity of the archipelago, in its singularity as a border region of the Hispanic and Islamic worlds. 

 

He holds a PhD in Philology and a degree in Arabic, Hispanic Philology and Humanities from the University of Alicante, a degree in History and Music Sciences from the University of La Rioja, and a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of the Philippines.  

 

The Hispanic uniqueness of the Philippines is not only limited to the Castilian language, but the tradition of the Crown of Aragon and the Catalan language as well, as evidenced by the books Romanços filipins del Regne de València (2008) and the translation into Filipino of the Valencian novel Tirant lo Blanch (2010). He has also edited the volumes More Hispanic than We Admit (2008), Historia cultural de la lengua española en Filipinas: ayer y hoy (2012) and Islamic Far East: Ethnogenesis of Philippine Islam (2013), among other works. 

 

As a philologist, he has edited the major works of José Rizal (Noli me tangere, El Filibusterismo and Prosa selecta), the great novels of Philippine literature in Spanish: Los pájaros de fuego by Jesús Balmori and La oveja de Nathán by Antonio Abad; and the legendary Boxer Codex (2017). He has compiled the texts that appeared in the Heraldo de Madrid with the last interview conducted with José Rizal in Fort Santiago, a few hours before being executed by a firing squad, in Crónicas de Santiago Mataix sobre la Revolución filipina y la muerte de José Rizal (2018). 

 

His first collection of poems, Tíndalo de sinamay, has been published in the United States by Centiramo Publishing (Winter, 2022).

 

He currently teaches at the University of Alicante.