Friday, December 11, 2009

Angry Days in Mindanao 2e, by Peter Schreurs, MSC

Angry Days in Mindanao: The Philippine Revolution and the War against the U.S. in East and NE Mindanao 1897-1908. 2e. by Peter Schreurs, MSC.  From the Foreword.  The first edition of this work was published in 1987 by San Carlos Publications, University of San Carlos, Cebu City. Since that edition is out of print by now, a new one is undertaken in the context of the first centennial commemorations (1998-1999) of the Philippine Revolution. The contents are wholly the same as in the first version: the reverberation of that Revolution and the subsequent American occupation in east and northeast Mindanao from 1897 till 1901... These pages are strictly intended as local history, covering the areas of the present two Surigao and two Agusan Provinces, plus a part of Davao Oriental. Other locations and events enter at times into the picture only in so far as they are relevant to the story and area in focus.

Tsinoy: The Story of the Chinese in Philippine Life

From ancient trade to modern industry, from vendors and outcasts in a separate enclave to taipans and pillars of mainstream society, the Chinese experience in the Philippines is a riveting saga of “fortune, misfortune, birth, death and rebirth.”
With insightful texts and expressive photographs -- many of them rare and never before published -- Tsinoy: The Story of the Chinese in Philippine Life presents the sweeping tale of the Chinese immigrants to the Philippines.
Both history and adventure, chronicle and trivia, Tsinoy: The Story of the Chinese in Philippine Life gives readers -- whether Filipino, Chinese, Tsinoy or foreigner, whether scholar, student or the plain curious -- a comprehensive and fascinating look at how the Chinese of ancient times came to be the Tsinoys of today.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A PHILIPPINE ALBUM. American Era Photographs. By Jonathan Best

A PHILIPPINE ALBUM: American Era Photographs. By Jonathan BestIn his second book of vintage photographs, Jonathan Best has retrieved a beautiful collection of Philippine images from the dusty albums and old picture postcards sent to America decades long ago. The pictures are accompanied by numerous quotes taken from Americans living in the Philippines at the time, bringing back an era which was swept away by the Second World War and subsequent modern development. Mr. Best has selected photographs which focus in a very personal way on the lives and occupations of Filipinos and a few Americans. This is evident in the many expressive portraits of common men and women going about their daily lives.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lichaucho, Alejandro: Hunger, Corruption & Betrayal

Hunger, Corruption and Betrayal by Alejandro Lichauco. 2005. 116pp
A Primer on U.S. NEOCOLONIALISM and the PHILIPPINE CRISIS.  The story of how the post-war imperialism of the U.S. IMF-WB Group reduced what was the preeminent developing economy in the Asia-Pacific in the fifties to the humanitarian disaster that it is today where 80 percent of the population live in hunger conditions.

Friday, October 30, 2009

A PAST REVISITED / A CONTINUING PAST by R. Constantino & L.R. Constantino


A Past Revisited tried to show how the Spanish and American colonialists manipulated events and personalities and evolved policies to serve their own interests. That past assumed a new dimension when seen from the people's viewpoint. The essence of these past relations has persisted in the present era. The authors have there­fore chosen to call this period The Continuing Past in order to emphasize the fact that while there are apparent changes, the new refinements of external control and exploitation merely conceal the persisting subjection. The authors express the hope that their “re-examination of the Philippine neocolonial experience. . . and the brief focus on evolving American imperialist objectives and the techniques used to at­tain them may not only reveal this historical period in a new light but may help to provide the basis for new historic initiatives on the part of the people in the attainment of their final liberation.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

THE PHILIPPINE PRESS: 1637 TO 2005 by Alice Colet Villadolid

FEATURING... THE PHILIPPINE PRESS: 1637 TO 2005 by Alice Colet Villadolid.  From the PREFACE.  ...The book is composed of articles about Philippine Print Me­dia that I wrote from first-hand experience, reinforced with research, over a period of two decades. The slug at the beginning of each ar­ticle gives the physical point of view -- where I was when the gist of the article formed in my mind. The slugs also happen to name the principal institutions behind the Philippine press, places where learn­ing, spirit and thought spurred Filipino reporters, editors and pub­lishers to record for posterity the events in their country. Throughout the book are pictures of the extant buildings where the national dailies were produced, courtesy of Prof. Ramon Tuason and student-researchers of the Department of Communication of Miriam College...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mindanao PEACE

The Long Road To Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process, a first rate history of the Filipino Muslims struggle for self-determination, is not only richly informative but insightful. Saiah Jubair’s writings give us an inside look into the ups and downs of the decade-old negotiations to end the conflict in southern Philippines. This book is valuable not only for journalists and policy-makers but also for a wide audience interested in understanding conflict resolution. --Manny Mogato, Journalist & Former President, FOCAP

Saturday, October 17, 2009

History: WWII

WORLD WAR II in the Philippines: A Pictorial Review.  From the Foreword. When the author of this book died in 1986, his book was not finished. Having worked with Phillip Katz on this book, I felt a deep obligation to bring his work to its final, well-deserved publication. His research uncovered one of the finest collections of photographs of wartime Philippines ever assembled in one book. Some of the photos have never been published. It is to his memory, and that of our close mutual friend, the late Col. Fred W. Walker, USAF, that this book is dedicated.  --Eugene J. Adams, Editor, March 1994
FROM THE DEPTHS OF SILENCE: Voices of Women Survivors of War.   This report focuses on the different forms of sexual violence done to the "com­fort women" during the Second World War and the accountability of the Japanese government. The sexual abuse and violence inflicted on these women were acts of terror meant to persecute, injure, and kill the women because they are women. The sexual perversion and violence used by the soldiers is outlined in this book, stated with clarity in the testimonies of the "comfort women" from victimized countries.

Friday, September 25, 2009


LEADERS by Adaza, Homobono. From the INTRODUCTION.  This book aches to be written as the people of the Philippines seem to pursue a suicidal course. They know the problems of the country, yet they refuse to participate in the task of solving them. They know the faults of their leaders, yet they fail to correct them. They allow their leaders to violate the law and do nothing except a few grumbling publicly with the multitude cowering in disturbing silence. Their behavior is almost an indictment of the Filipino intelligence…

GLOBAL FILIPINO: The Authorized Biography of Jose De Venecia, Jr., the Visionary Five-time Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines by Brett M. Decker