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Ang Trahedya nina Romeo at Julieta, Makbet, Ikalabindalawang Gabi, and Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw — William Shakespeare classics translated by Rolando S. Tinio

William Shakespeare has been regarded as the greatest playwright who ever lived. For many of us, his plays—especially Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and King Lear were required reading in high school and college. However, it was and is still a struggle for some to finish reading his works.

Not anymore.

In celebration of National Language Month (Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa), Anvil Publishing presents its titles in the local language. Some of those titles are translations from the National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando S. Tinio.

Tinio translated some of the Bard of Avon’s greatest works—Romeo and Juliet (Ang Trahedya nina Romeo at Julieta), Macbeth (Makbet), Twelfth Night (Ikalabindalawang Gabi), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw). In his translations, he has captured the crux of these Shakespeare classics as the texts are faithful to the source material. Tinio also made the context of the Shakespeare’s plays easier for the Filipino readers by directly translating the unfamiliar terms instead of putting them on the footnotes. With the aid of study notes, Tinio’s translations re-introduce the greatest playwright’s work to the Filipino readers.


About the Translator

Rolando S. Tinio (1937-1997) is a Philippine National Artist for Theater and Literature. He was born in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila on March 5, 1937. An active participant in the Philippine movie industry who enjoyed working with Filipino celebrities, Tinio himself became a film actor and scriptwriter. Tinio graduated with honors (magna cum laude) with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas at age 18 in 1955 and an MFA degree in Creative Writing – Poetry from the State University of Iowa.

Among his famous works are Sitsit sa Kulilig (Whistling at Cicadas, 1972); Dunung-Dunungan (Pedantry, 1975); Kristal na Uniberso (Crystal Universe, 1989), and Trick of Mirrors.


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