Category Archive: Works in Progress

Jun 21

Messages of the President

Tweet The Messages of the President, started in 1936 by Jorge B. Vargas, Executive Secretary to President Manuel L. Quezon, is one of the flagship projects of PCDSPO. The series was started as a wide collection of executive issuances, speeches, messages, and other official papers of the President. The volumes were thus intended to serve …

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Feb 08

Mabini: Who Holds the Course

Tweet MABINI BOOK CHAPTER OUTLINE WITH BOOK EXTRACTS FROM VARIOUS SOURCES   I. We are tail end of long line of Spanish Revolutions: first, Mexico, last Philippines. We were the last gasp of Enlightenment- after us, came the 19th century Marxism Nationalism.   A Question of Heroes by Nick Joaquin p. 157 It was said …

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Jan 08

Notes for an essay on Apolinario Mabini

Tweet   The Nation-building Half-century: 1896-1946; The Four Decades of Democratic Confrontation: 1946-1986; Three Decades of Contesting People Power: 1986-2016. We came at the tail end of long line of Spanish Revolutions: first, Mexico, last Philippines. We were the last gasp of Enlightenment– after us, came the 19th Century:  Marxism Nationalism. Clashes of modernity in the …

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Apr 15

Roxas: Chapter 11 (draft 11/02/01)

Tweet THE day of his twenty seventh wedding anniversary, April 14, 1948, was also the day before his death. It began, like all his days, with visitors, and ended, like all his days, with even more visitors. He was, after all, Manuel Roxas and he was President of the Philippines.  His close friend and adviser, …

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Apr 14

Roxas: Chapter 12 (draft 11/28/01)

Tweet Chapter 12: The End of the Beginning Manila awaited anxiously  as the coast guard cutter Anemone, steaming at full speed from the Visayas, made its way to the capital. The two days of a nation deprived of a president were about to end. The man who thought he was in danger of succumbing to …

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Apr 14

Roxas: Chapter 2 (draft 8/14/02)

Tweet Chapter 2: The coming man (1892-1922) On the first of January 1892, in the town of Capiz in the province of the same name, a posthumous child was born. The child’s mother was Rosario Acuna vda. De Roxas, a widow only 22 years of age, her giving birth shrouded by two tragedies. Her husband, …

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Apr 14

Roxas: Chapter 1 (draft 8/14/02)

Tweet Chapter 1 The End of the Beginning IN the year of our lord 1948, in the hot summer month of July, the Philippines could look forward to celebrating its second birthday as an independent state. But that wasn’t what really interested people. Then, as now, what was on people’s minds was the coming election. …

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Jan 19

Manuel Roxas: A Life in Politics (Outline)

Tweet Revised Outline and Chapter Summaries (7/13/01) (Please note that the chapters are highly compressed as they are only 20 pages each. Further 2 pages each for foreword, preface; 4-6 pages for introduction/prologue) i. Foreword: to be decided by the Roxas Foundation ii. Preface: To be decided by the Roxas Foundation iii. Author’s introduction/prologue This …

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Jan 19

Raul S. Manglapus: An Idealists’ Life (Outline)

Tweet Prologue: the Rizalian approach to political action Rizal, the Philosophy of nation-building; Mabini’s call for restoring freedom under the Americans; the assumptions of RSM’s formative years Chapter I Blue Eagle, The King 1917-1939 RSM in the context of his times, his family, his schooling, the conscious nation-building of his generation and the emergence of …

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Feb 23

Concept Paper for a Documentary: “Sitting in Darkness”

Tweet Concept Paper for a documentary: “Sitting in Darkness” On 4 February 1999, we commemorated the centennial of the start of the Filipino – American war. This is a period in our history that is not familiar to many, since the emphasis is usually on the 12 June 1898 Declaration of independence and not thereafter. …

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Mar 13

Concept Paper for a Documentary: GBR Foundation

Tweet For John Silva GBR Foundation Precis for the documentary The documentary will be in “you are there” style, following events from the perspective of three photographers. Background will be supplied to fill in any gaps that may occur, although for the sake of the naarative a selective process should be undertaken to concentrate on …

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Dec 24

Translation of the Libretto of “1896”

Tweet 1896 The Musical My unauthorized and incompetent translation of the Libretto by Carlos de la Paz, Jr.* “A life that is not devoted to a great and sacred purpose is like a tree without shade, and is instead merely like worthless grass.” – First part of the Kartilya of the Katipunan by Emilio Jacinto …

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