WHEN March 16, 2013 (Saturday) 4PM
WHERE Popular Book Store, 305 Morato Street, Quezon City (near Imperial Palace)
Excerpt from Dr. Elmer A. Ordoñez, critic and former Dean, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman:
“The novel graphically describes the lives of the poor and the wretched whose lot has not improved after EDSA and analyses Philippine society through the characters. It is an introspective novel in that the characters like Blas, the homosexual, or Marita, the ex-beauty queen, share their experiences and thoughts before they joined the Communist Party of the Philippines…..The ill-advised armed uprising (not sanctioned by the central leadership) becomes instructive even as it never takes place at all in reality. The fictional characters are believable and most scenes familiar to many. It is a social realist novel at its best.”
About the Author
Edberto M. Villegas is professor of Development Studies and Philosophy at University of the Philippines Manila and Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is author of Global Finance Capital and the Philippine Financial System (Institute of Political Economy, 2000), Japanese Economic Presence in Southeast Asia (Ibon Philippines Databank and Research Center, 1993), The Political Economy of Philippine Labor Laws (Foundation for Nationalist Studies, 1988) and Studies in Philippine Political Economy (Silangan Publishers, 1983) among others. He is also a socio-economic consultant to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF). During the Marcos Dictatorship, he suffered from torture and
imprisonment. He penned as Carlos Humberto his first novel Sebyo (LINANG Kilusan sa Paglilinang ng Rebolusyonaryong Panitikan at Sining sa Kanayunan and MAINSTREAM: People’s Art, Literature and Education Resource Center, 1990).