Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pedro Paterno on Stamps

Pedro Alejandro Paterno (February 27, 1858 - March 11, 1911) was a Filipino statesman as well as a poet, composer,novelist, historian and negotiator.

His intervention on behalf of the Spanish led to the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato on December 14, 1897, an account of which he published in 1910. Among his other works include the very first novel written by a native Filipino, Ninay (1885), and the first Filipino collection of poems in Spanish, Sampaguitas y poesias (Jasmines and Poems), published in Madrid in 1880.

Paterno had the luxury of in private schools in the Philippines and abroad. He studied law at the Central University in Madrid.

The stamp above was issued on October 25, 1975.