BOOK ON VALENZUELA'S HISTORY UNDER WAYValenzuela City, May 21, 2003 -- Valenzuela City Mayor Bobbit L. Carlos has commissioned Ariel Dim. Borlongan & Associates to publish a new book on the history of Valenzuela. The book is tentatively titled: "Valenzuela: Rise from Paddy to City." Borlongan is a multi-awarded writer known for his translation of the late Professor Renato Constantino's "The Continuing Past" and "A Past Revisited." Other writers for the book include Jovita Zarate, a fellow at the Bellagio Writer's Residence in Bellagio, Italy, under a Rockfeller Grant; Romulo Baquiran, a creative writing teacher at UP Diliman and also an award-winning writer. "Our beloved city was a cradle to several Filipino heroes. And we have risen from being a humble agricultural municipality to one of the fastest rising city in Metro Manila today," Carlos said. "Thus, the book aims to instill pride among Valenzuelans, especially the youth, who may not be aware of the illustrious background of the city." The production group, through the intercession of city and barangay officials, will gather local history from the city's 32 barangays. Published and archival materials will be checked out and judiciously used to present a holistic historical view of the city. The book will be launched on Valenzuela's 6th anniversary as a city next year.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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