Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion

Dr. Jaime Balcos Veneracion donates his book Sapang Palay : Hacienda, Urban Resettlement and Core of the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan” to the University Library.

He is a writer, professor and historian; finished his doctorate in Philippine Studies (History, Anthropology and Political Science) at the University of the Philippines in1983.  He was given the UP Centennial Professor Award in 2009 and Manila Tanging Parangal in 2010 for his contributions in the field of history, culture and the arts.

The book was launched last December 21, 2011 by the Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulakan (SAMAKA). Published through a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The book narrates the personal engagement of the author with Sapang Palay, learning in the process the wider historical context in which it was transformed from a hacienda into a resettlement of urban “informal settlers.” The forced evacuation of urban dwellers into the rural frontier of San Jose del Monte created social contradictions among the various classes, ethnic groups and political grouping that would be resolved only with the help of  ‘integrators” and “movers.”

Book launching– pictures from Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan Facebook account (viewed 12 January 2012).

Sapang Palay is now available for sale at the UP Press Bookstore at Php500.00.  Contact numbers: (632)9282558, (632)9266642.

Table  of  Contents – click to view the table contents.