” Untold Story of Imelda Marcos ” book launching re-published and now available on E-BOOKS

3657 Bautista Street , Philippine Opera Company , Makati City-Philippines

Philippine Opera Company information counter

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.

Secretariat and Registration

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‚Äės Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan.

¬†‚ÄúI 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‚Äôs email address. ‚ÄúMy mom will be thrilled!‚ÄĚ 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 fa√ßade of jewelries, ternos, 3,000 pairs of shoes and Dahil Sa‚Äôyo.

“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 ‚ÄĒ 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.

Book Review: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8506965-the-untold-story-of-imelda-marcos

Philippine Opera Company : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-Opera-Company/157674847594549


World We Want Blogger Advocate Luncheon

 30th floor РUnited Nations ( Philippine Office)   Rizal  Commercial Banking Corporation Plaza  Building Tower 1 UNFPA and UNDP Conference Rooms, Makati City-Philippines
United Nation logo in their head quarters
Ms. Charie Villa
Ms. Charie Villa speaking before the small group of selected bloggers, writers and representatives from the United Nations . Ms.  Villa is one of the advocates for the United Nations and GLOBE telecoms
Dr. Luiza Carvalho- United Nations Resident Coordinator
Dr. Luiza  Carvalho was formally introduced to the group and she explained the mission of the organization.
UN and NEDA launched a series of consultations leading to a Philippine position on what constitutes a framework for a post-2015 development agenda in anticipation of the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Mr. Ross del Rosario ( I.T. expert , social media editor and founder of  Wazzup Pilipinas ) together   with Ms. Luiza Carvalho

The Philippines is one of 50 countries chosen by the UN for the consultative process which requires that voices of the poor, marginalized, vulnerable and civil society are heard.  This will be the country’s contribution to the global development agenda that is expected to build on the gains and lessons learned from the MDGs.

wacky shot by the group

The Philippines is a signatory to the 2000 Millennium Declaration that rolled out the time-bound MDGs as a global agenda for development by 2015.

group tour inside the United Nations – office

The eight MDGs are ‚Äď halve extreme poverty , hunger; universal primary education; gender equality; reduce child mortality; improved maternal health; stop and reverse the spread of TB, malaria and HIV/AIDS; environmental sustainability and global partnerships for aid, trade and debt relief.

lunch buffet
After the short tour within the the office premises , the group were treated to a lunch buffet.
Ms. Cynthia Arce –¬† ( UN Millennium campaign coordinator ) She gave a short power point presentation about the UN advocates and the need for people from all over the world to VOTE on-line .

Ms. Reema Chanco
TV personality and health aficionado Ms. Reema Chanco . Ms. Reema and Mr. Erik Waldie are¬† advocates of Freedom Ride and Dakila . The first time i saw Ms. Reema Chanco was during her hosting stint ” The Exchange ”¬†¬† circa 2002 then ABC channel 5 with a son of Czech diplomat¬† Mr.Adam Slavicky .
My World initial survey results
After the lunch , UN representative presented the initial survey results  as of May 29, 2013
1. Nigeria with 157, 844 votes
2. India with 79, 458 votes
3.  Cameroon with 47,715 votes
4.Rwanda with 37, 442 votes
5. PHILIPPINES with 35,180 votes
 UN SECRETARIAT located within the RCBC building with Ms. Cynthia Arce
The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell us about the world you want, because your voice matters. – See more at: http://www.myworld2015.org/index.html#sthash.A1qr7ctq.dpuf
Please try to visit the link, any every vote counts and matter !
United Nation World Survey: http://www.myworld2015.org/index.html
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