[Blueboard] Benjamin Pimentels "Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street"
Mary Anne S. San Agustin
msanagustin at ateneo.edu
Fri Nov 16 13:44:57 PHT 2007
Benjamin Pimentel's "Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street" will be
launched at the MVP Basement Lobby, Ateneo de Manila University,
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, at 4:30 P.M., on 19 November 2007.
There will be a slide show entitled "America's Second-class
Veterans," with photographs by Rick Rocamora, during the launch.
Musical numbers will be performed by Prof. Susan Fernandez.
"Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street" is Benjamin Pimentel's first
novel. He is a multiawarded journalist and documentary
filmmaker. He was a reporter in the San Francisco Chronicle and
also wrote for other newspapers and publications in the US and
This is the story of Fidel, Ciriaco, Ruben, Badong, and Major,
and other Filipino veterans taking their chances in the United
States for their families. In Powell Street, in San Francisco,
the veterans are waiting, enduring the loneliness and the cold .
. . dreaming that the day will come when they could go back home.
---From Fernando Josef
Cultural Center of the Philippines
The book is a distinctive, deep, and timely narration of the
silent tragedy of the lives of Filipino veterans in the United
States. Overwhelmed by the previous war and pushed by the
challenges of the continuing war of life in Philippine society,
the Filipino veterans were lured, sucked, fell, and alas
prostrated in the renewed war of life in the United States. This
is a novel that will pinch your heart and mind.
---From Prof. Laura Samson
University of the Philippines.
The book is available or may be ordered from the following
bookstores: Powerbooks (844-4455), Popular Bookstore (372-2162),
Solidaridad (523-0870). On campus the book may be bought directly
from the LS Bookstore (426-6001 loc. 5184) and the Ateneo Press
Bookshop (4265984; 426-6001 loc. 4613; unipress at admu.edu.ph;
Mary Anne Suyom-San Agustin
Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bellarmine Hall, ADMU Campus
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 426-6001 loc. 4610
E-mail: msanagustin at ateneo.edu
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