[Blueboard] You are warmly invited!

Maricor E. Baytion mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Mon Jun 7 09:04:02 PHT 2004

THE WOMEN OF MALOLOS by Nicanor G. Tiongson will be launched on Wednesday, June
9, 2004, 5.30 pm, at the CCP Main Theater Lobby, by the Women of Malolos
Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Highlight of the
booklaunching is the opening of an exhibit of the portraits of fifteen of the
women featured in this book.

Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, THE WOMEN OF MALOLOS tells
the story of the daring women who went to Governor General Weyler on December
12, 1888, with a letter asking that a night school be opened where they could
learn Spanish. The women were: Elisea Tantoco Reyes,  Juana Tantoco Reyes, 
Leoncia Santos Reyes,  Olympia San Agustin Reyes,  Rufina T. Reyes, Eugenia
Mendoza Tanchangco,  Aurea Mendoza Tanchangco, Basilia Villariño Tantoco,
Teresa Tiongson Tantoco, Maria Tiongson Tantoco, Anastacia Maclang Tiongson,
Basilia Reyes Tiongson, Paz Reyes Tiongson, Aleja Reyes Tiongson, Mercedes
Reyes Tiongson, Agapita Reyes Tiongson, Filomena Oliveros Tiongson, Cecilia
Oliveros Tiongson, Feliciana Oliveros Tiongson, and Alberta Santos Uitangcoy. 
Their courageous act inspired Rizal to write his famous letter to the Young
Women of Malolos.

Dr. Tiongson's extensive work is divided into two parts. Part I situates the
women and their letter in historical perspective. It traces the rise to
economic prominence of the mestizo sangley clans of Malolos to which the women
belonged and describes the organized political action of the native and mestizo
leaders of the town during the periods of reform and revolution, the
Philippine-American war, and the early American period. It discusses in detail
why the letter of the women constitutes a radical act of rebellion against the
colonial and patriarchal order propagated by Modesto de Castro's "Urbana at

Part II moves from panorama to portraiture and introduces each of the women as
individuals. It traces their personal lives, highlighting their involvement in
the movement for reform in Malolos in 1880s, their contributions to the
revolutionaries of the town in 1896, their participation in the first Red Cross
of 1899, and their participation in the first women's organization, the
Asociacion Femenista de Filipinas, in 1896. The biographies show the women as
warm-blooded, down-to-earth human beings, capable of making decisions that made
an impact on the course of local and even national history.

Based on archival and library research as well as oral history, the book
underscores the contribution of the women of the provincial elite to social
change in Malolos from 1888 to 1920, and reconstructs their lives, as well as
the economic and political history of this special town, whose activism made it
the logical choice as site of the capital of the first Philippine republic.

Dr. Tiongson is Dean of the UP College of Mass Communication, and is former
president-artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has
published and edited books on theater and film, including the 10-volume CCP
Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. He is related to all the Women of Malolos
featured in this book, and is directly descended from one of them, Eugenia

The book, whose cover depicts an interpretation of the women's visit to Weyler 
by veteran artist Rafael del Casal, will soon be available in good bookstores
nationwide, and at the Ateneo Press bookshop from June 10 (The Ateneo Press:
4265984 or unipress@ admu.edu.ph).

THE WOMEN OF MALOLOS, c 2004, 7 x 10 in, 510 pp, ISBN 971-550-467-1, cover
design by BJ Patino, book design by JB de la Pena.

Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bellarmine Hall, ADMU Campus
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Tel 63-2-4265984; 4266001 ext 4612/3
Fax 63-2-4265909
Email: unipress at admu.edu.ph

Books are a dialogue between souls.
                            -Ben Okri

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