When the Student Edition is launched at the Philippine PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) meet - By Raissa Robles - The Student Edition of my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again is now out and can be bought at La Solidaridad in Padre Faura, Manila and, starting Monday, at the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center. This is at the basement of Palma Hall (just ask the guard for directions).
By Raïssa Robles - Despite the mysterious fire that gutted the rooms of social science professors at the University of the Philippines, a historic conference entitled Never Again, Never Forget: Martial Law, the Academe, and the Public will go on starting tomorrow at the fourth floor of Palma Hall (the old Arts and Sciences building). The conference is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. But slots are limited for the snacks and lunch, so try to sign up at once. In any case, those who are too late can still attend the conference where noted professors on the subject will discuss various aspects of Martial Law. Those interested have to sign up online because
You can also avail of free delivery anywhere in the Philippines reached by courier service - By Raïssa Robles - The iconic La Solidaridad book shop along Padre Faura, Manila, owned by National Artist F. Sionil Jose and his wife, is now carrying my book.
There is no going back now. The tarp is up.
Because of the bomb threat in Ateneo de Manila University this morning - which locked down the entire campus for the whole day - the university is implementing new security rules which make it difficult, if not impossible to hold the launch of my book there this Thursday, March 31.
By Raïssa Robles - My heart is full. But I know the battle has just begun for the hearts and minds of the Filipino people over the kind of future they want. Do they want a dictatorship or a democracy? Do they want to hand over their civil liberties to one man who has promised them a glowing future or do they want to fix the current elite democracy and fight for one that is more just and inclusive. When I was writing this book nearly all of last year, it was a very lonely occupation. But now that it is out of the bag, so to speak, I find myself surprised, amazed and grateful for the wonderful reception from my colleagues in media. I was only able to tell them at such a very short notice that I was soft launching this book on Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. But they came. And those who didn't sent words of support.
My hubby Alan could not believe his eyes when he read write-ups from this head-hunting firm praising the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Adolf Hitler.
Out of the blue, Fe Zamora texted me last Sunday. Philippine Daily Inquirer editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc wanted me to write a piece on the Marcoses. Could I make the tight deadline? Sure, I said. Because it was a chance to share with the non-digital audience my research and interviews on the Marcos era. The result was a 2,487-word piece that appeared today in the newspaper edition and on the Inquirer website.