The Dominican fathers pioneered printing using xylography when Fray Francisco de San Jose established the first printing press in the Philippines in 1593.
The first published book was “Doctrina Christiana” by Juan de Plasencia.” This press eventually became the University of Santo Tomas Press.
On the other hand, the first Filipino printer was Tomas Pinpin, a writer from Abucay, Bataan. In 1610 he wrote and published the “Librong Pagaaralan nang manga Tagalog nang Uicang Castilla,” the first book written entirely in Tagalog.
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