Saturday, 18 September 2010

Launch of "A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Historical Landmarks, Monuments and Shrines"

Book signing with my family in attendance

Front Cover
During the Philippine International Bookfair held at at SMX, my fourth book (my third with New Day Publishers), "A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Historical Landmarks, Monuments and Shrines," was launched at the New Day Publishers booth. 

Historical landmarks, monuments and shrines, all hallowed or held in high deference, offer our people a more intimate encounter with our national heritage and historical lessons of the past.
They have the very souls bequeathed to them by the ideals, visions and spirits of our great Filipino heroes and illustrious leaders (Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Manuel L. Quezon, Sergio OsmeƱa, Wenceslao Q. Vinzons Sr., etc.) as well as of people who have achieved an enduring contribution toward the enrichment of Filipino cultural heritage (painters Juan Luna and Vicente Manansala).
They also highlight important historical events (Birth of the First Philippine Republic, Trial and Execution of Bonifacio, Tejeros Assembly, Leyte Landing, etc.) and notable battles of past wars (Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, Battle of Alapan Historical Monument, Mount Samat National Shrine, Corregidor National Shrine, Pulang Lupa Battle Shrine, Tirad Pass National Shrine, Bessang Pass National Shrine, etc.) for which they have been built, thereby serving as mute witnesses to the heroic spirit of the Filipinos of yesteryears.

Oftentimes, the physical structures of these properties of architectural, cultural, historical and social significance, are historical artifacts by themselves (Aguinaldo Shrine, Barasoain Church Historical Landmark, Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Historical Landmark,Leon Apacible Historical Landmark, Marcela M. Agoncillo Historical Landmark, etc.), all monuments that depict the local aesthetic values of their builders as well as the artistry, craftsmanship and industry of Filipino artisans and laborers who were responsible for their construction.
Published by New Day Publishers in 2010, ThIS book is available at select National Bookstores and Powerbook outlets. You can also email New Day Publishers at and for details, or call telephone numbers 928-8046 and 927-5982.  You can also order, via the internet, at