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Book on Ilocos Sur history launched

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Vigan City (June 8) -- A book on the history of Ilocos Sur entitled, "Ilocos Sur: An Illustrated History", was launched at the Main Lobby of the Ayala Museum along Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Authored by Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano, 250 - pages book was colorful and replete with eye-catching illustrations.

"This book is a culmination of my lifelong dream, nurtured by a natural curiosity about the past and expectations of a brighter future: promises to be different from all the other tomes of historical records and data that you have ever read or seen," Savellano said.

"An eary to read history book complete with full-color illustrations painstakingly done, not through the wonders of computer technology, but by hand, is not a volume you pick up in a book store or library everyday," he added.

According to the governor, the book is highly educational because it shows the glimpses of the province's storied past, peeks into the lives of its illustrious sons and daughters, highlights not only the province's rich cultural and religious heritage but the people who made Ilocos Sur for what it is today in which vibrant and progressive, ready to face the challenges of the present and promises of the future.

The book peels back layers of the past to Ilocos Sur, tracing its geological origins, early relations with the Chinese and the Japanese, its Spanish past - from being a Spanish Ciudad in the 16th century to its eventual separations from the Provincia de Ilocos to become Ilocos Sur in the 19th century.

It likewise documents the colonial experience of the province under the United States and much later, under the occupations of an Asian invader - the Japanese.

The book ends with the present and cites significant economic and progressive developments in the province. It is not ponderous reading and is written in a light tone without sacrificing historical accuracy.

Meanwhile, House Deputy Speaker Eric D. Singson lauded the effort of Governor Savellano in making a history book of Ilocos Sur.

"It is a very nice book, a good reading material for the students in which this will create awareness about our province," Speaker Singson said.

In addition, the governor acknowledged the invaluable assistance of the following: Dr. Maria Luisa Camagay of the UP Press; illustrators Rene Aranda and Bim Bacaltos; layout artists Benjo Laygo and Nanie Gonzalez; and Ester Dipasupil, the editor of the manuscript.

The copies of the book will soon be available in all bookstores nationwide. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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