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Dr. Zeus Salazar has always been a man in the move.

Born to Atty. Irineo Salazar of Tiwi, Albay and Mrs. Luz Atayza of Pilar, Sorsogon, Salazar was born in Tiwi, Albay on April 29, 1938 but grew up in Malilipot, Albay where his father served as Judge. His father’s postings brought him to Manila and Europe.

Dr. Zeus A. Salazar would get his grade school education from San Beda- Mendiola where he is considered one of its notable alumni. Together with his six (6) younger siblings – Cesar, Nora, Ruby, Oscar, Lulu Fe, and Maria Luz – and his parents, he would find himself back in Bicol.

He would get his secondary diploma from Albay High School in 1951. At Albay High School, he shone as editor of the school paper. Perhaps not surprising since he lived in Sagpon which the late Bienvenido N. Santos described as a BARRIO OF WRITERS. In the essay, Santos wrote:

Then there is Zeus Salazar who graduated from the UP summa cum laude. There is the littlehouse where he lived. That is his father waiting for a bus for Sorsogon, showing Sagpon folks the latest letter from Sorbonne, where his son is a UP scholar.

Perhaps it was from Santos who lived across the street that Salazar learned to love chess.

Zeus A. Salazar began his career as a historian in the University of the Philippines, where he completed a degree in AB history in 1955. He was the first to receive SUMMA CUM LAUDE award from UP’s Department of History.

This achievement earned Salazar a scholarship to a Paris university. In 1958 he commenced graduate studies in France, obtaining various diplomas in ethnology, anthropology, and linguistics. His studies culminated in a doctorate in cultural anthropology in 1968 from the prestigious Sarbonne Université de Paris a “Très Bien” stamped on his dissertation.

Upon returning to the Phiippines later that year, he rejoined the UP History Department. Where he has taught until his retirement. He came home with wife Marlies Spieker with whom he has three children: Irineo, Wigan and Ligaya.

Credits: and to Elaine I. Salazar for submitting the videoclip.