About the author: Rafael Palma, October 24, 1874–May 24, 1939.
Born in Tondo, Manila, on, he joined La Independencia, the revolutionary newspaper founded and directed by General Antonio Luna. He succeeded General Luna when the latter was killed on June 4, 1899. He also contributed to other newspapers, notably La Patria, El Nuevo Dia, and El Renacimiento.
After the revolution, he studied law and passed the bar examinations in 1901. He entered public service and served as a member of the Philippine Assembly when this institution was established in July 10, 1907. Appointed a member of the Philippine Commission in December 21, 1907, he served until 1913. He was appointed in 1917 Secretary of Interior and served until 1922. He joined academe in 1923 and served as President of the University of the Philippines (UP) until 1933. It was during his term as UP President that this institution experienced rapid growth and worldwide prestige. Appointed by President Manuel L. Quezon, Chairman of the National Board of Education. (information adapted from Bulletin Today).
About the diary: Entries from the diary were published in Gene Cabrera, Rizal and Josephine, Manila.1960.p.26 as cited in The Death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal by Danilo Donor.