The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) conferred the highest academic rank of full professor on historian and playwright Dr. Paul Arvisu Dumol during its 21st
University Day on August 15.
Dumol is a full-time faculty member of UA&P and teaches courses in Philippine History and Rizal. In 2012, he received the Gawad Rizal from the National Historical Commission for his work in Rizal Studies and in the propagation of Rizal’s ideas.
He wrote The Metaphysics of Reading Underlying Dante’s Commedia: The Ingegno
and translated into English rare manuscripts that became published as The Manila Synod of 1582: The Draft of its Handbook for Confessors.
The classic Ang Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio
, described as “the most frequently performed one-act play in Filipino,” was written by Dumol when he was in high school.
The conferment ceremony began with the citation of Dumol’s achievements by economist and UA&P co-founder Dr. Bernardo Villegas, UA&P president Dr. Winston Padojinog, past Ateneo De Manila University School of Humanities Dean Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia, and Ateneo High School Dulaang Sibol
founder Dr. Onofre Pagsanghan.
Among those who attended the ceremony and the succeeding University Day Lecture delivered by Dumol include National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, National Historical Society president Dr. Bernardita Churchill, and UA&P co-founder Dr. Jesus Estanislao.