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Serafin D. Quiason

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Serafin D Quiason
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Serafin D Quiason as National Historical Commission Chairman
Director of the National Library of the Philippines Chairman of the National Historical Commission
In office
July 14, 1966 – September 23, 1986
Preceded byCarlos Quirino
Succeeded byNarcissa Munasque
Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Department of Education and Culture
In office
Preceded byCarmen Guerrero Nakpil
Succeeded bySamuel K Tan
Professor, University of the Philippines
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1930-06-15) June 15, 1930 (age 90)
United States Angeles City, Pamapanga, Philippine Islands
DiedAugust 13, 2016
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (Doctor of Philosophy History and Liberal Arts)

Serafin D. Quiason (June 15, 1930 - August 13, 2016) was a Filipino historian and library executive. He was the former director with the longest length of service in the office of the National Library of the Philippines and Chairman of the National Historical Institute in the Philippines. He is one of the 1965 TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) Awardees for History.{{citation needed|date=May 2018{{ A Scholar, Administrator, and Historian.


  • A.B., Cum Laude History University of the Philippines, 1952
  • M.A., Far East History, University of Pennsylvania, 1954
  • Ph.D History, University of Pennsylvania, 1962


During 1965-1970, Dr. Quiason was an Associate Professor of History in the Department of History of the College of Arts and Sciences in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Later on he became Assistant Chairman. He also became a visiting lecturer in the University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in 1996.

Dr. Quiason is a former director of the National Library of the Philippines(1965-1986) and former Chairman and Executive Director of the National Historical Institute(1986-1996).

He was a former Secretary General of the Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives(SARBICA),(1971-1975), an elected Member of the Rome-based Advisory Council of the International Center of the Study of the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

He is a former member of the Ad-Hoc Numismatic Committee of the Central Bank of the Philippines, the UNESCO Advisory Committee for the Study of Malay and Southeast Asian Cultures in 1978, a former Trustee of the Museo ng Malacanan Foundation from 1986-1990, a member of the Silk Road Expedition Across Central Asia which was sponsored by UNESCO Paris in 1990, a member of the National Centennial Commission from 1993- 1998, a former regent of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila from January-June 1998, a Project Director of the Museo ng Maynila in 1997-1998 and a Consultant to the Lopez Museum & Library from 1998-present.

He is also instrumental in the construction and completion at the Rizal Park, Luneta of the Museum of Philippine History and National Historical Building.

Honors, Scholarships and Fellowships[edit]

He is a member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, Phi Gamma Mu International Social Science Society, and the Phi Alpha Theta International Historical Society. He was a scholar in the Fullbright-Smith Mundt Scholarship Program in 1953-1954, a Fellow in Madras, India in 1956-1957, a Edward W. Hazen Foundation Fellow in 1958-1959, a Rockafeller Foundation Fellow in 1961-1962, a Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee in the Field in History in 1965, the Upsilon Sigma Phi Award in 1965, the British Council Bursary Award in 1966, a fellow Consultant to the South-East Asia Librarianship Graduate program at the University of Hawaii, in August 1970, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore in 1972-1973, a Cultural Awardee from the Australian Government in April-May 1974, given by the Philippine Government a Grant to Study the Spratlys (April-September 1974), given a Philippine research grant to Make a Survey of Rare Philippine Historical Materials in U.S. and Europe in 1979, a Career Executive Award for Superior Performance, Development Academy of the Philippines in 1980, given the honor Knights of Rizal with a Rank of Commander on December 30, 1984, the Award of Distinction in History, UP College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association in 1985, a Pantaleon de Miranda Award as native son of Angeles, Pampanga in 1986, awarded the Outstanding Kapampangan in 1987, awarded the Palmes Academique with the rank of Chevalier by the French Government on July 30, 1984, member of the UNESCO Study Tour Project on the Silk Roads across Central Asia by UNESCO-Paris, given the Bronze Award for the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue Project presented by Mr. Doudou Dien of UNESCO in 1991, the National Commission and Culture and the Arts Award in April 1995, the Bunka Koryu Award from the Philippine-Japan Cultural Institute on October, 16, 1996, a Fullbright Research Fellow for the United States July-October in 1999, the Life-Time Achievement Award, University of the Philippines Alumni Association on June 2009, the Outstanding Citizen of Quezon City on November 2009, a Speaker in the International Conference on the 120th Birth Anniversary of Ho Chi Minh at Hanoi, Vietnam from May 10-14, 2010, and the Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Award, City Hall, Manila, June 22, 2010.Outstanding Life Time Achievement Award, University of the Philippines Alumni Association, 2015, Dedication and Renaming ofNationalHistoricalCommission Resource Center in honor Serafin Quiason, 2018

Academic and Non-Academic[edit]

  • Member, UP Committee on North Borneo, 1965
  • Member, Screening Committee for Fullbright-Hayes Scholarship, U.S. Embassy, 1966
  • Consultant, Southeast Asia (SEA) Librarianship Graduate Program at the University of Hawaii, August 1969
  • Assistant Project Officer, Special Research Project, Office of the President, Malacanan, 1974-1984
  • Member, UNESCO Advisory Committee for the Study of Malay and Southeast Asian Cultures, 1978
  • President, Philippine Library Association, 1980-1981
  • Member, Numismatic Committee, Central Bank of the Philippines, 1981
  • Member, Numismatic Committee, Central Bank of the Philippines, 1982

He also attended many International Conferences in various countries and in the Philippines.

Personal Life[edit]


Recent Publications[edit]

  • The English Country Trade with the Philippines 1644-1675. Quezon City, University of the Philippines, 1966 “The Philippine Revolution, her Majesty’s Consuls, plus Two British Officers” International Conference in the Philippine Revolution and Beyond, Philippine Centennial Commission, Manila Hotel 1996
  • The British Consul’s and Military Officer’s and the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1898 Publication of theCentennial Commission, Manila 1998
  • Elihu Yale and his “Manilha” and Mindanao Ventures- 1672-1679, UNITAS, December 2006
  • The English “Private Trade” vis-a-vis the system of the “Country Trade” with Manilha Partnership and Collaborations, 1644-1764, Ad Veritatem, March 2008

Other Previous Publications[edit]

  • “On Mencius’ Economic Principles,” The Fookien Times Yearbook, 1958
  • “The Japanese Colony in Davao," 1904-1941, Philippine Social Science and Humanities Review, vol. XXIII, Nos. 2-4, June-December 1958
  • “India and Non-Alignment,” The Sunday Times Magazine, April 26, 1959
  • “The Sampan Trade with Manila Prior to 1702” Chinese in the Philippines published by the Philippine
  • Consercation Society edited by Alfonso Felix, v.1, August, 1966
  • “Our National Library- An Old Challenge in an Age of Transition”, ASLP Bulletion, v.13 no. 1. March 1967. “On the Value and Importance of the Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives”, Southeast Asian Archives, Kuala Lumpur, v.1, 1968
  • “On the Values and Care of our Rare Books in the Philippines”. University of Santo Tomas Library Bulletin, vol.1, no. 2, April 1968
  • “The British Manila Council and Don Diego Silang”. The Ilocos Review, January-December 1969, Southeast Asian Research Materials in the Philippines, International Library Review, v.3, 1971 pp.375-377,
  • “The NationalLibrary in the 70s”, Asian Geneological Studies ed. By Spencer Palmer, Brigham Young University Press 1972
  • “The Japanese Community in Manila: 1898-1941”, Philippine Historical Review, v.3. 1971 pp. 184-222. Also in Solidarity, December 1973
  • “A Filipino Scholar, Jaime C. De Veyra” Leyte-Samar Studies v.7. no.2, 1973 pp.8-13
  • “On Some Aspects of Dr. Jose Rizal’s Attitude Towards Culture, Nachrichten Der Gesellschaft Fur NaturundVolkerkunde Ostasiens, Hamburg, 117, 1975
  • “Some Notes on Cultural Studies in the Philippines”, East Asian Cultural Studies, v. XVI, nos. 1-4, March 1977
  • “The Philippine Iron Horse”, In Filipino Heritage, The Making of a Nation, (Manila, Lahing Filipino Publishing, Inc. 1978, v.7, pp 1827-1833 Remarks on Dr. E. Alzona’s paper: Dr.T.H. Pardo de Tavera and Philippine Historiography”. In Transactions of the National Academy of Science and Technology, March 1980, pp.11-12
  • “Brief Remarks by Project Participants in the International Flow of Information: a trans-Pacific perspectice”- Library of Congress edited by John Y. Cole, Washington DC, 1981. P.95
  • “In the Service of Books”. Observer, Sunday Magazine of the Times, Journal, May 9. 1982
  • “The World of Reales Fuertes: Our Forebears Knew”, Bararilla, Official Publication of the Central Bank of the Philippines. Vol.9, no.1, January-June 1982 pp. 19-23
  • “Library Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific Concept and Reality”, Asian Book Development Newsletter, vol. XIV, no. X, Spring, 1983, pp. 11-13
  • “Reflections on Nationalism, Nationhood and Revolutionary Ideals”, Solidarity, Nos. 141-142, January-June, 1994 pp. 97-101
  • “The Tianguia: A Preliminary View of Indigenous Rural Marketing System in the Spanish Philippines”. Philippine Studies vol.33 (1985) pp. 22-28
  • “Why I Followed the Path of Clio”, Solidarity, May-June 1987 pp.137-141
  • “Ho Chi Minh: The Eternal Asian Leader”, Solidarity, July-September 1990, pp. 104-109
  • “Jose Rizal, M.D., and Our History”. Philippine Futuristic Society, September 16, 1989, and Solidarity, 1990.
  • “The Philippines: A Case of Multiple Colonial Experience”, The Independent Review, May-June 1998 pp.29-37
  • “The Education of the Indio Elite” The Independent Review, vol.1, no.1, February 1998

“E. Aguilar Cruz: A Rara Abe”. Singsing, vol.5, no.1 . Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Pampanga

  • “The Lopez Library: An Archeon for Today. “Unfolding Half A Century, ed. By Purissima B. Johannot,

2009. Pasig City, Philippines

Forewords/Preface of the following books[edit]

  • Bikols of the Philippines by Maria Lilia F. Realubit
  • The Philippines by Jean Mallat, translated into English by Pura Santillan Castrence in collaboration with Lina S. Castrence
  • Journey to Majayjay by Paul de Gironiere, translated into English by Emilio Aguilar-Cruz
  • History of Cavite by Professor Alfredo Saulo
  • Rizal as a student in U.S.T. by Father Fidel Villaroel, O.P.
  • The Philippine Independence Mission to the United States by Bernardita Reyes-Churchill
  • Lolo Jose by Sonny Lopez Rizal
  • Guide to Philippine-American Manuscripts by Saito Shiro Reflections of a Visit to the Philippines by J. De Man White Apo by Frank Genistra, New Day Publishers
  • Ferdinand Blumentritt: An Austrian Life for the Philippines by Harry Sichrovsky
  • Helen Z. Benitez: A Working Annotated Bibliography and Resource Materials compiled by Herminia Ancheta
  • Captain Leopold Schuck by Michael Montemayor
  • Filipino Exodus in the 16th and 17th Century by Floro Mercene
  • Lolo Alfonso Ongpin by Cynthia Valdes Valor and Kris by Tingting Cojuangco Autobiography by Richard Gordon
  • Phoenix: A Saga of the Lopez Family by Raul Rodrigo
  • Unfolding Half a Century: Lopez Museum & Library, 2010, contributing author
  • Sino-American Relations since 1784 by Ta Jen Liu

Published Books[edit]

  • “The English Country Trade” with the Philippines: 1644-1765, University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City, 1965
  • “Ang Kasaysayan ng Asya.” S.D. Quiason et al. Phoenix Publishing House, Quezon City
  • “Ang Kasaysayan ng Daigdig”. Quiason, Serafin, Bernardita Churchill, and Fe Manghas, C & E Publishing House, Quezon City, 2008


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How are these photographs supposed to help prove this is a reliable source of the event ?

NOTE PLEASE TO REVIEWERS will cut it here if this is too long but i think the You tube and Facebook articles should be included as well after more notable resources are established

The Sun is pretty big,[1] but the Moon is not so big.[2] The Sun is also quite hot.[3]

  1. Miller 2005, p. 23.
  2. Brown 2006, p. 46.
  3. Miller 2005, p. 34.

External Links_[edit]

The National Library of the Philippines

National Historical Commission of the Philippines

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