Esquire: The Original Senator Vicente Sotto Was a Fighter for Press Freedom


Vicente Yap Sotto, the grandfather of the present-day Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, is also considered as the Father of Modern Cebuano Literature.

Over his lifetime, he had produced a voluminous body of literature, including Filipino Stories; Mga Handumanan sa Sugbu; Mga Sugilanong Pilipinhon; Spanish-Visayan Dictionary; Abakadhan; Municipal Code and Amendments; Remembrances of Cebu: Our Dialect; Far From My Country, a collection of writings published in different papers during his period of exile; Maktang, the first Visayan operetta; and A Flying Trip Around the World, with introduction by Rafael Palma.

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