Primitivo Mijares Page Z The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos To the Filipino People Who dramatized in the Battle of Mactan of April 27, . This book reports on the best laid plans that paved the way to the Philippines' dark history: the imposition of martial law in and the. The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos - site edition by I don't know if it's availalbe now in eBook form, but whatever few, hard copies.
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Get this from a library! The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.. [Primitivo Mijares; Rene Saguisag; Joseph Christopher Gurango]. The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos I. Front Cover. Primitivo Mijares. Union Square Publications, - Philippines - pages. The conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos I by Primitivo Mijares, , Union Square Publications edition, in English.
The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos
The new edition features a preface from a millennial. At 19 years old, he already knows what's what. Weren't we all surprised? That dreaded day in November prompted JC to have his grandfather's book republished. Its launch coincides with the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution. The revolution along EDSA toppled the dictatorship, and perhaps there's no other date more apt to launch this insider account of the Martial Law regime. It was first published by Union Square in , then again in Since then, the book has been out of print.
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Secondly and more amusingly, as the above paragraph is intended to show the author's delivery is filled with lurid, yellow-press phraseology. You will encounter histrionic, flights-of-purple-prose. The following are just a few: This is not just occasionally, but every few sentences. You know the kind of thing. Overall it gives the tract a hoarse, exhorting, and Savaronola-esque tone. Really, it's mildly fascinating in its own regard to see just how reporters tend to write when given full rein to their sentiments.
They don't hold back. But I suppose--besides the research value of this free book--I can and should recognize the underlying sweetness of this whole kalabash.
I am enjoying it more than I should. It has a certain charm.
Think of it. He believes this with all his heart. Such naivete, one can only marvel at these days.
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And it also strikes a pang of envy. I'm sure we all wish we had a country we felt as passionately for, as this gentleman does his. When was the last time any of us felt such a twinge of deep-running patriotism for America? First of all, I do not question the authenticity of this book. These stories were something that I have already heard before from elderlies. If you are a big fan of Joey Goseingfiao, you're in for a treat! I had trouble finishing this book because of the writing style, reminiscent of how Filipinos emulated the way Americans use the English language down to unnecessary idioms in the 70s.
I also question the intention of the writer in creating this tell-all word vomit. What starte First of all, I do not question the authenticity of this book. What started as a seemingly accurate account of the Marcos regime as seen from the inside, halfway through the book turns into a Mean Girls burn book. Ten, twenty, thirty years later, some of these Marcos cronies are still powerful and influential. This could have been a good material to read as a prequel to the succeeding historic events in the country like the assassination of Ninoy Aquino and the EDSA revolution if it weren't for the inconsistent writing style and the obvious bitterness from the competition among the cronies.
Jun 17, Glass Half Full rated it liked it Shelves: So I liked this book. But it seems that my self-published e-book is incomplete and makes me want to be unnecessarily pedantic. Grammatical and typographical errors here and there.
Although, Primitivo Mijares seems like a decent weaver of prose. But since he was a significant contributor to a syndicated column during the Marcos era, I would have expected prose that would keep my attention much longer than i [Re-reviewed after finding that there exists a BUHAWI-published version of this book] Okay.
But since he was a significant contributor to a syndicated column during the Marcos era, I would have expected prose that would keep my attention much longer than it did when I was reading Jaime Cardinal Sin's redundant and circular philosophical diatribe in the form of a hardbound slap-in-the-face.
The conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos I
His tone of voice is made to seem impersonal. And when his emotions of contempt and outrage set in, they become too obvious and create for a distasteful read when all one desires are objective foundational support for the evidence they claim or some philosophical or ethical background for such contempt and outrage.
In short, some parts come off as too angry. Understandable, but stylistically unsavory, if not done with better wit and bravado.
Also, this book comes off as pretty academic. It is, in essence, a dossier that should have gained enough traction. Which it didn't. For if it did, this text would not be influential only to the academic space, and would permeate into the predominant politics of the nation. Perhaps that speaks to the incredible skill of the Marcos dictatorship in the art of democratic backsliding, which is retrogressing, if not fully regressing, an entire nation into a non-democratic mode of government. Or perhaps that is a testament to the utter backwardness of the mentality of a Filipino in power, especially since the culture of Filipinos is not one to have a tradition of inculcating a responsibility to people and the community that comes alongside power, quite unlike that in Japan, South Korea, and many other social democracies.
This also explains the majority demographic's extreme indifference and prejudice towards those who are disenfranchised and drawn to vice, i.
The expectation of being left alone by the world is one that is common to Filipinos, yet we complain of its transgressions toward us. The tradition of responsibility concomitant to power is somehow only reserved for the university and the idealism of ivory towers, and not for the members of communities in perpetual poverty. This nature of Philippine society is frustrating, for bridges are not built, and if built are burned faster than they were built.
Perhaps due to ignorance of the future's possible benefits, or of fear of the risks of the future. Both of which result to the apathy of the commoners and the poor and the self-righteousness of the academic and social elite.
It is fortunate that there is ample opportunity now to get these copies off the ground.
Perhaps due to the current political climate, the responsible forces in the world of Philippine academia have noticed that the clock ticks closer to midnight every minute of every day they lie complacent, and not augment and update the already seminal work of Mijares. So far, I've seen a few copies resurface from a few National Bookstore branches I visit on an irregular basis. That brings, at the very least, a little dose of hope for our anti-intellectual country.
But a little hope is not enough. The intellectual community still needs more than a barely known text to bridge itself to the rest of the Filipino consciousness. Mar 30, Mai rated it it was amazing. A must-read for Filipinos who are probably still clueless about the inexorable assault on our freedoms by the Marcos dictatorship, and who support that kind of leadership through their allegiance to Duterte. May 28, Wogie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is an expose from a former Press Secretary of President Marcos.
Mar 06, Matthew Montagu-pollock rated it it was amazing. I appreciated the dry style for the sense of crisis and astonishment it conveyed.
These days, in the era of Duterte, nothing surprises us anymore I suppose. It is quite a hefty volume but as with it's original version in , it still packs a punch.
What I like about this Revised and Annotated version is that events, personalities and context are explained properly towards the modern reader who does not have an inkling or have not were not aware of those times. The last line of Tibo in the book of saying that the Filipino people will be the one to finish this book, is something we as Filipinos must do in the modern age. Mar 04, Thesally Sosa rated it really liked it. Feb 15, Ker Metanoia added it.
I thought about reading this book back in September when I read an account about the death of Boyet Mijares, the author's year-old son.
Why the author would disappear and his son be killed are puzzles that could only be answered by leafing through the pages of this book. That dreaded day in November prompted JC to have his grandfather's book republished. The revolution along EDSA toppled the dictatorship, and perhaps there's no other date more apt to launch this insider account of the Martial Law regime.
It was first published by Union Square in , then again in Since then, the book has been out of print. Some of the people my grandfather wrote about in his book are survived by their children and grandchildren.
The book launch will be attended by the next-generation kin of those who opposed the Marcos dictatorship. Miriam Lacaba, daughter of late poet and activist Emmanuel Lacaba; Maria Serena Diokno, daughter of prominent Marcos critic Jose Diokno; and her nephew, writer and filmmaker Pepe Diokno, are all invited as guest speakers. That's cheap compared to how much information it reveals.
The new page edition of The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos is at P for the paperback and P1, for the hardcover version. The books will be available at the Ateneo de Manila University Press and other bookstores.
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Log in. No account yet?Johann rated it it was amazing Aug 28, That dreaded day in November prompted JC to have his grandfather's book republished. I also question the intention of the writer in creating this tell-all word vomit. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The new edition features a preface from a millennial.