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Several weeks ago, I saw an invitation from some facebook event page group http://www.facebook.com/events/401311573315398/ about a book launching ” Untold Story of Imelda Marcos” . I quickly signed-up even without thinking that the event will be held in Makati and it is an ordinary workday . I usually shy away from Makati area due to heavy traffic and commuting time from Quezon City would take several hours . I actually got several copies of the 2 versions , the 1969 edition and the 1987 edition ” Untold Story of Imelda Marcos” by Mrs. Carmen Navarro Pedrosa . Following the publication of the former book, she and her family were exiled to London for 20 years.
This is one of the books often cited as a resource regarding Imelda Marcos’s history, which was the case in Imelda: A New Musical by the East West Players. The book sold more than 300,000 copies and was translated into French, Japanese and Portuguese before going out of print.
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Story about the Relaunching :
Atty . Orly Agawin is one of the founders of a Book of the Month Club and The group members read contemporary books like Dash and Lily‘s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan.
“I got them second-hand from an online bookstore, not knowing who their previous owners were. I have searched all bookstores in Manila for brand new copies. When I got back to Manila, I started inquiring on Carmen Navarro Pedrosa. Is she in the Philippines? Or is she even in Manila? I even asked people if she is still with us (if you get my drift). I wondered if she has an email address where I can reach out to her and tell her how her book moved me to appreciate the democracy that our fathers and mothers fought for. As a matter of fact, I would even settle for snail mail.”
Mrs. Carmen N. Pedrosa
After days and hours of searching Google and Facebook, I came across Veronica Pedrosa, one of her daughters who were with her during her exile, now (like her mother) a correspondent for Al Jazeera. On July 10, 2012 I messaged her in FB, and immediately got a reply from her the elder Pedrosa’s email address. “My mom will be thrilled!” she wrote.
I immediately drafted an email to Carmen. Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor. I was slowly being led to her. Stating my objectives, I asked her if I could see her for an interview, document the event, and share them with my fellow book club members. In just three hours, I got a reply.
Their enthusiasm persuaded the author to reprint the Untold Story of Imelda Marcos.
Book Launching :
The event started at around past 4:00pm when several VIPs, foreign dignitaries, government officials , book lovers , history buffs, media , bloggers , family members and friends of Tita “Chit” Pedrosa arrived at the venue.
Dr. Preciosa S. Soliven , Mrs. Sara S. De Guzman , Professor Xiao Chua and Professor Jonathan Capulas Balsamo
A short musical performance by the students of Philippine Opera Company rendering classic opera, kundimans and capping the night with ” Bayan Ko “
Mr. Orly Agawin
“We are not talking Teleseryes, anymore. We’re talking History.
“It is a no-holds-barred expose on the truth about “this” iconic figure (as some would call her), our own Evita Peron, our Jacqueline Kennedy; where in fact, she is but a historical, and a political nightmare with a hidden past that was fabulously covered by a beautiful façade of jewelries, ternos, 3,000 pairs of shoes and Dahil Sa’yo.
“As a reader, and as a Nationalist, the reprinting of this book by Pedrosa, is a dream come true. My late Tatay would have been so proud.
Untold Story Of Imelda Marcos 2013 edition
The book is being sold for Php 595 per copy in major bookstores nationwide and compared to the 1969 and 1987 editions . I like the quality of the paper
Congressman Joselito Atienza , Hon. Jose de Venecia , former Governor Sally Perez, Mrs. Belinda Olivares-Cunanan — with Lawrence Jatayna, Janine Santos, Clifford Casapao, Nazer Degayo Salcedo, Cris Go, Al Gatmaitan, Roselyn Perez, Jed Carlos, Gabri Dolor Panlilio and Belinda Olivares-Cunanan
Note: I would like to sincerely ” THANK ” Mr. Orly Agawin and the organizers of the book launching
Get a copy over at Amazon, Kobo, and Flipreads, and soon at iTunes and Barnes & Noble. The E-book is was launched on June 20, 2013 . For mre information on how to purchase it , please visit www.flipside.ph.
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