[Blueboard] Co-author of 1968 Guidon article "Down from the Hil" passes away

Ferrer . Antonio Ll. aferrer at admu.edu.ph
Wed Nov 21 07:15:48 PHT 2001

Tina, just to add aa bit, Freddie Salanga was arrested and detained in
Davao during Martial Law. And he had been under survielance/harassment.
(Tony Ferrer)

On Tue, 30 Oct 2001, Cristina Montiel wrote:

> Dear Ateneo Community,
> Gerry Esguerra, one of the co-authors of the stirringly influential
> Guidon article
> "Down from the Hill" (1968), has gone down from the Earth's Hill.  Gerry
> passed
> away this morning, 2 a.m. October 30, after a stroke hit the part of his
> brain that manages the respiratory functions of his body.
> For members of our Ateneo community too young to remember Ateneo during
> Martial Law, allow me to share a passage about this historical article.
> Susan Evangelista writes about the Guidon article "Down from the Hill",
> for a chapter to be published in a book on Ateneo de Manila during
> Martial Law.
> Susan writes:
> "The history of modern political nationalism/activism in the Ateneo is
> usually traced back to November 27, 1968, the date the famous essay Down
> >From the Hill appeared in the Guidon.  This essay, written by five
> Ateneo students – Jose Luis A. Alcuaz, Gerardo J. Esquerra, Emmanuel
> A.F. Lacaba, Leonardo Q. Montemayor, and Alfredo N. Salanga – labeled
> the traditional Ateneo education irrelevant and called for redirection
> and reorientation of the curriculum and of all practices of the
> university so that it might answer more directly to the problems of
> Philippine society.  It was especially outspoken on the need to reorient
> the Ateneo students to their home country, and to the plight of the poor
> of the country.  With this interest in nationalizing the Ateneo
> education, they also voiced concern over the role of American Jesuits in
> the school.
> The Ateneo community still looks back to the publication of this essay
> as a “defining moment” in its development. "
> Among the other "Down from the Hill" authors, (1) Emman Lacaba was shot
> by military forces in Davao del Norte in 1976; (2) Freddie Salanga has
> died of kidney failure (3) Linggoy Alcuaz currently works at the
> Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and (4) Leonie Montemayor is
> presently Secretary of Agriculture.
> Gerry Esguerra dropped out from Ateneo College to join the Federation of
> Free Farmers (FFF).  When FFF turned pro-Marcos, Gerry left and
> participated
> in other anti-dictatorship groups.  In 1980, his photo hit the front
> pages, as he was declared wanted for urban bombings associated with the
> April 6 Liberation Movement.
> Let us remember Gerry in our prayers, as we celebrate The Day of Souls.
> Kind regards,
> Tina Montiel
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