THE EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES, THE PHILIPPINE VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE (PVAO), &THE MIGRANT HERITAGE COMMISSION (MHC) cordially invite you to the
U.S. BOOK LAUNCH & RECEPTION of BEN CAL’s “VICTORY AT BESSANG PASS”
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Romulo Hall, Embassy of the Philippines
1600 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington D.C. 20036
Please RSVP early to: firstname.lastname@example.org (MHC ExecDirectors Grace Valera/Jesse A. Gatchalian or Arnedo S. Valera, Esq.) or text/ call 202-247-0117 / 202-631-8856. Seating is limited.
NOTE: There will be no actual selling or payment of the books at the Philippine Embassy. Should you wish to order or have a copy of the book, please email email@example.com and send check payment of $ 12.00 payable to MHC and mail to 3930 Walnut St. Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030 prior to the book launching. Very limited copies available in the U.S. so hurry and reserve now!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Written from the perspective of heroes who survived the battle, the book aims to make its reader appreciate the experiences and exploits of those who offered their lives to defend this nation from its enemy and to share their glorious triumph to their fellow Filipinos as a perpetual source of national pride. The historic battle at Bessang Pass demonstrated the valor and selflessness of the Filipino guerrillas who fought and died during our struggle for freedom.” — From Introduction
Acknowledgment by Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ben Cal is a multi-awarded reporter in the Philippines, 2013 Migrant Heritage Commission’s awardee in Media, and MHC’s media partner in the Philippines. The author retired from full-time journalism in 2011 after a diverse career that began in 1963, having covered beat assignments such as presidency, defense and military, police, agriculture, local governments, agrarian and business. His first job was as a reporter of the Bohol Chronicle from 1963 to 1972. He joined the Philippines News Agency (PNA) initially as a reporter and rose to the ranks until his retirement as Managing Editor and Acting Executive Editor.
According to Mr. Ben Cal, his book was written from the perspective of heroes themselves who survived the battle.
“The book aims to make the readers appreciate the real-life experiences and heroic exploits of those who did the supreme sacrifice of defending our nation from its enemy and to share their glorious triumph to their fellow Filipinos as a perpetual source of national pride. It also underscores the triumph of all freedom-loving Filipinos – including the civilians, who never stopped believing in the guerrillas’ cause but rather took the risk to help them in all ways possible. These bespeak of selflessness, unity and patriotism - the character of our people that prevailed during the darkest days of oppression and adversity.”
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