“What Was the First Book Printed in the Philippines?”

Vernon R. Totanes


Provides a brief overview of book history and determines the first book published in the Philippines. Briefly illustrates the stages of book life cycle: publication, manufacture, distribution, reception and survival. It analyzes the research made by Pardo de Tavera and Retana regarding the printing and existence of the Tagalog Doctrina and Shih-lu. Totanes concludes that "the Tagalog Doctrina and the Shih-lu were written by non-Filipinos, printed by non-Filipinos and were meant to be read by non-Filipinos."


Shih-lu; Doctrina Christiana;

Full Text:


For inquiries, article submissions, etc. send e-mail to:
The Editor, Journal of Philippine Librarianship
Or call (+632) 9818500 loc 2869 to 71.
Journal of Philippine Librarianship (ISSN: 0022-359x)
University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies
3/F,Gonzales Hall,UP Main Library
UP Diliman,Quezon City 1101, Metro Manila