Dr. Paul Dumol lectures in the Humanities Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a PhD in Medieval Studies with specialization in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, Canada, and an MA in Liberal Arts with specialization in Philosophy from the Institute of Liberal Arts of the University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain). He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts.
Dr. Dumol is a playwright who writes in Tagalog; he is the author of the one-act play “Ang paglilitis ni Mang Serapio,” which was recognized by some critics as the pioneer of modernism in Philippine theater. He received the Centennial Honors for the Arts in the field of drama from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1999 and was named Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas in the field of drama by the Unyon ng Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL) in 2002. He received the Gawad Rizal from the Pambansang Komisyong Pangkasaysayan on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of José Rizal’s birth in 2012. His book The Manila Synod of 1582: The Draft of Its Handbook for Confessors (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2014) was adjudged Best Translated Book at the 34th National Book Awards in 2015. In 2022, he was awarded the Gawad Dangal ng Panitikan by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
He appears in the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, as do several articles on his plays.