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UPD Chancellor receives book on Martial Law


(From left) Institute of Mathematics faculty Roberto Verzola and Prof. Ramona Flores of the College of Arts and Letters presented the book Not on Our Watch: Martial Law Really Happened. We Were There to Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma.

(November 26)— Professor Ramona Flores and Roberto Verzola turned over to Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma today 10 copies of the book Not On Our Watch: Martial Law Really Happened. We Were There at the Office of the Chancellor.

Flores is a professor at the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts of the College of Arts and Letters while Verzola is a faculty member of the Institute of Mathematics of the College of Science.

Edited by Jo-Ann Maglipon, Yes! magazine’s editor-in-chief, the book is a compilation of stories on Martial Law written by 14 authors who were student activists and members of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) during the Marcos regime. They recounted stories of detention, torture, fears and survival on the tumultuous events that transpired during Martial Law.

Among the authors are Jaime Flor Cruz (CNN Beijing Bureau Chief), Diwa Guinigundo (BSP Deputy Governor), Manuel Dayrit (former Department of Health secretary); Jose Dalisay Jr., Al Mendoza and Soledad Juvida (Carlos Memorial Palanca awardees); Jay Valencia-Glorioso (Repertory Philippines stage actress, opera singer and recent Aliw Awardee), Calixto Chikiamco (economist, columnist and book author); Verzola (pro-farmers advocate); Vic Manarang, Angie Tocong Castillo and Vic Wenceslao (entrepreneurs);  Edd Aragon (artist/cartoonist); and Jack Teotico (publisher of Contemporary Arts Philippines).

The book was published by the League of Editors for a Democratic Society-CEGP (LEADS-CEGP) Batch '62 to ’72. For more information, interested parties may call the LEADS-CEGP office at (02) 919-0264.—H.C.P. (with reports from Raffy Ayeng)