I HAPPENED upon a meeting of friends at the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) some days ago, and left with a copy of a book titled "A Victory Postponed." It is published by the Neda-RDC (Regional Development Council) of our region, with a Preface by Neda Regional Director Milagros Rimando and an opening message by RDC Chair Mayor Mauricio Domogan. The book contains 10 historical stories of the Cordillera struggle for autonomy.
A reading of these stories enlightens one into facets of said struggle. The stories are impactful in their simplicity. Their authors clearly worked on making the complicated comprehensible, befitting a story’s literary arc. And thus, each story makes us see one of many angles, of which I am fond of saying that a circle has 360 of them, and variations in between each.
The pens – nay, keyboards – that wrote the 10 stories belong to educator Grace Bengwayan, PhD, and journalists Howie Severino, Dexter See, Ruth Elyn Dino, and the enigmatic “Lakay Ybenget.” While I am sure I can unearth the writer behind this penname in maybe a couple of texts, let us leave him his peace in anonymity.
These authors have recorded autonomy stories of Ernesto Garado, Gavino Ganggangan, Armando Watil, Modesto Sagudang, Henry Gupaal, Laurence Bayongal, Andres Ngao-i, Nestor Atitiw, Mariano Tagtag, and Fernando Bahatan Jr.
And then there’s this map titled “Map of Events,” which situates major plotpoints, if you will, of the autonomy story, against a CAR map. It makes just as interesting reading as the recollections recorded in the book.
"A Victory Postponed" is a good read. For copies, inquire by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on August 05, 2017.
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