My Personal Journey in Observing the Dynamic Iskandar Malaysia and it's Forgotten Sea Gypsies

Thank you Prof. Jamilah Arrifin, Ph.D. for giving us a copy of the book, “My Personal Journey in Observing the Dynamic Iskandar Malaysia and it’s Forgotten Sea Gypsies.” Prof. Jamilah Ariffin is the steering force behind the establishment of a new social welfare foundation in Malaysia, the l-Resolve Foundation. She is the chair on the board of trustees for this foundation.

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The brill logoBrill Publishing through SPi Global donated 573 books to the University Library. These books were formally turned over during the Workshop-Seminar titled, “How to get your research Published Internationally” held on 4 June 2014 at the College of Mass Communications Auditorium. This seminar-workshop was also sponsored by Brill Publishing.

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Mr. Rodolfo Y. Tarlit and Prof. Mamoru Tsuda

Prof. Mamoru Tsuda donated his book collection to the University Library. The Turnover Ceremony of the 200 boxes of Filipiniana materials was held last February 28, 2014.

Prof. Mamoru Tsuda was an Instructor at the U.P. Department of Sociology in 1976. He earned his MA in Sociology in the University in 1977. He is currently teaching Foreign Studies in Nagoya University.


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The University Library is pleased to receive the following book donations.

1. Prof. Z.A. Salazar donated his conference paper on justice and peace.Katarungan at kapayapaan: kaisipang pangkalinanagan, sikolohiya at kasaysayan
by Z.A. Salazar
Malawakang Balangkas ng Panayam
Ika-25 ng Pambansang Kumprensya ng Sikolohiyang Pilipino
“Hamon sa Kapayapaan : Konteksto ng Mindanaw”
Mindanao Training Resource Center (MTRC)
Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF), Ateneo de Davao
Huwebes, ika-23 ng Nobyembere, 2000. 
2. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino donated books

Pag-oorganisa ng pamayanan

Pag-oorganisa ng pamayanan tungo sa kaunlaran ng mula tao para sa tao
by Angelito G. Manalili (Professor and former Dean of College of Scial Work and Community Development)
Quezon City : Sentro ng Wikang Pilipino, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, 2012.
ISBN: 9789716350401



3. Jose Romarx Salas (UP Sigma Kappa Pi Fraterninty Alumni Foundation, Inc. President) donated 3 copies of Jarius Bondoc’s book.One copy each for UP Diliman Main Library, UPD CMC Library and Office of the U.P. President.

ExposesExposes : investigative reporting for clean government

by Jarius Bondoc
Mandaluyong City : Anvil Publishing Inc., 2012.











4. Manila 1945 WWII photos (digital files)
from Amb. John J. Rocha
c/o UPD Chancellor’s Office


5. Anonymous Donor
IyasIyas anthology 2001-2010
Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, general editor ; Marjorie Evasco, editor
Bacolod City : University of St. La Salle, 2013.
322 pages
Naiibang Tagalog
Naiibang Tagalog

Naiibang Tagalog ng Calauag, Quezon 
by Jocelyn L. Tolentino (UP alumna, BS in BA and Accountancy and Master in Business Administration)
[Manila : Villafuerte Enterprise, 2010]
80 pages












The University Library recently receive donated books from  Violeta B. Lopez Gonzaga, Ph.D.  She is a medical Anthropologist in natural and herbs as medicine. She obtained her B.A. and M.A. (Asian Studies) from the University of the Philippines and M.A. & Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto.

Away Sakit

Away Sakit

Fighting sickness : natural and herbal way

Fighting sickness : natural and herbal way

Away sakit : natural kag herbal nga pamaagi
by Violeta B. Lopez Gonzaga, Ph.D.
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental :
Alpha Publishing Corporation, 2012.
168 pages
Fighting sickness : natural and herbal way
by Violeta B. Lopez Gonzaga, Ph.D.
Bacolod City : Alpha Publishing Corporation, 2013.
358 pages
   Prof. Tarlit is delighted to receive Dr. Gonzaga's health books.  

Prof.  Rodolfo Tarlit is delighted to receive Dr. Gonzaga’s health books for the University Library.


The book entitled “A thousand little deaths : growing up under martial law in the Philippines” by Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein was recently donated to the University Library. The book was handed over to Prof. Rodolfo Tarlit, our University Librarian, by her sister, Dr. Cynthia Daniel. The book was a memoir of her time as a political prisoner during Martial Law.

Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein is a multi-lingual social scientist and international development and communications practitioner who assists international organizations, non-profit organisations, government entities, and private companies on challenges relating to: Strategic Communications, Media and Communications, Public Policy, Research Analysis, Organizational Change Strategies, Program Management, Assessments, and Evaluations of Socio-Economic Impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and has worked for organizations such as the East-West Center, the Smithsonian and public television.  She is now working as Senior Associate at Link Asea and residing at Sydney with her family.

A thousand little deathsFull description from book cover:  On an otherwise normal morning at a private school for girls, a 15-year-old student is picked up by soldiers and sent to a military camp, becoming one of the thousands of political prisoners arrested under Ferdinand Marcos’ repressive regime in the 1970s. A year earlier, Marcos had declared martial law and a military government effectively took over the Philippines. After her release, author Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein was required to report to camp, her probation lasting five years. She was never charged and was never told why she was arrested. The effects of prison and the long-term probation makes Vicky’s story an authentic representation of the pernicious effects of dictatorship and tyranny, effects that pervaded a life for decades to come. This is a historically vital memoir, not only moving in its rendition of what life was like for a young innocent girl, but also for its incisive analysis of the political forces that wrecked democratic ideals in a country where politics and violence have always worked together for the benefit of the few.

“Like all good books, “A Thousand Little Deaths: Growing Up Under Martial Law In The Phillipines” transports you to a different time and place and forces you to ask yourself: what would I have done? How would I have felt? How could I have coped? How would MY life have been changed? When the author is arbitrarily arrested at age fifteen and taken to a military prison camp, the experience sends her psyche into trauma, not just from the harrowing imprisonment but, post-release, from a hurtful identity crisis as family, friends and community seek to assuage their own fear and loathing of what is happening to their country by defining the author’s very personhood by this one appalling episode. How Vicky Pinpin escapes her prisons and triumphs over these “thousand little deaths”, especially against the well-drawn and detailed backdrop of the Marcos regime is what makes this story so compelling. I applaud the author for sharing her heartbreakingly authentic memoir, as we hear virtually nothing now about the atrocities of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ conjugal dictatorship, the consummate betrayal of Phillipine democracy, and the lasting effects of real traumas suffered by real people living under a repressive regime.” Review by jonesgrp at

Prof. Rodolfo Tarlit receives the book from Dr. Cynthia Daniel.

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The University Library received 3 books from Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.) thru the U.P. Office of the President, President Alfredo E. Pascual.

1. Victory in Northern Luzon by Dr. Cesar P. Pobre, PhD
Quezon City : Department of National Defense, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, c2010. ISBN: 9789719761517.

“…full story of how the various Filipino resistance groups in Northern Luzon grew and matured into a single fighting force, the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines, Northern Luzon (USAFIP, NL). Although inferior in number, arms and equipment, it waged war against the enemy for 200 days in the “most critical, the most hazardous and the most decisive parts of the entire Philippine war zone.” It “routed the Japanese armed forces, neutralizing well over fifty thousand banzai-charging soldiers of the Land of the Rising Sun” and accepting yet the surrender of more than thirty thousand of their ilk.” –From Back Cover.Foreword by Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.)


Victory in Northern Luzon
2. Victory at Bessang Pass by Mr. Ben Cal
Quezon City : Art Angel Printshop Commercial Quests Inc., c2012. ISBN: 9789719758357.

“Written from the perspective of heroes who survived the battle, the book aims to make its reader appreciate the experiences and exploits of those who offered their lives to defend this nation from its enemy and to share their glorious triumph to their fellow Filipinos as a perpetual source of national pride. The historic battle at Bessang Pass demonstrated the valor and selflessness of the Filipino guerrillas who fought and died during our struggle for freedom.” — From Introduction

Acknowledgment by Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.)


 victory bessang pass

3. The freedom fighters of Northern Luzon : an untold story by Cesar P. Pobre with Phillip Kimpo Jr.
Quezon City : Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. Department of National Defense, c2010.

“Here is a story of the Filipinos in World War II which is not about their defeat and tragic death march in Bataan. Hitherto untold, it is a reveting historical episode of glorious victories and daring feats writ large by Filipino freedom fighters in the glory battles of Tangadan, San Fernando, Cervantes, Bessang Pass, Lepanto-Mankayan, Mayaoyao, Loo Valley-Tocuran and other places.” –From Cover.

 The freedom fighters

U.P. Center for Women Studies donated 2 books to the University Library.

4. Anong pangalan mo sa gabi? : at iba pang tanong sa mga LGBT. Mga editor, Tetay Mendoza, Joel Acebuche.

Quezon City : UP Center for Women’s Studies,c2013. ISBN: 9789718720462

“Sa simpleng mga tanong at simpleng mga sagot na nilalaman ng aklat (photobook) na ito, madaling mauunawaan ng mambabasa ang pang-araw-araw na panlalait at diskriminasyong dinadaanan ng mga LGBT sa Pilipinas. Pasensyosong sinasagot ang mga tanong, na kahit walang masamang intensyon, ay masakit sa damdamin. Makikita ang dignidad, pagkatao at pagigigng tao ng mga LGBT sa mga sagot –maging seryoso, nagpapatawa o pasaway man. Hind makatao ang mga tanong, hindi makatao ang diskriminasyon laban sa mga LGBT. Salungat sa kabihasnan at kulturang Pilipino ang maging di-makatao… Ang kagalingan ng aklat na ito ay hindi naman sa kanyang pagiging teoretikal. Ang tooo’y nakakantig ng damdamin ang mga larawan at madaling basahin ang bawat pahina. Hindi tuloy mapapansin ng mambabasa na siya’y binibigyan ng leksyon tungkol sa mga paraan ng pagiging tao at pagiging makatao.” From Pambungad by Sylvia Estrada Claudio, Director U.P. Center for Women’s Studies.

See Book launching pictures and Photo Exhibit at the AS Lobby pictures from the U.P. Center for Women’s Studies Facebook

5. Happy ever after : a solo mom’s journal by Ana P. Santos
San Juan City : Viviamol Inc., c2011.

“Happy Even After: A Solo Mom’s Journal What do you do when the pumpkin carriage has turned into a baby carriage, the glass slippers have been replaced by sensible flats and there is little or no participation from Prince Charming? … You write a true-to-YOUR-life-fairytale. Happy Even After: A Solo Mom’s Journal is filled with inspirational stories and spunky quotes from other Pinay solo moms and writing pages for you to pen your own fairytale. Specifications: 96-pages, hardbound, 6 inches x 8 inches. In this journal, solo moms are those who were never married, were once married, widows, OF wives and tita mommys or those raising other people’s children as their own. “Happy Even After” was designed to help other single moms get back on their feet again or just cope with dynamics of solo parenting in the Philippines.” –Source:, viewed 25 July 2013.

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Solo moms, write your own fairy tale and be ‘happy even after’
By Carmela G. Lapeña, GMA News, April 9, 2012


The University Library was pleased to be the recipient of the book “UP North : adventures in Ilocos Norte.” A project of Governor Imee R. Marcos of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte thru Communication and Media Office. It is a compilation of essays by seven renowned writers about the province of Ilocos Norte.

6. UP North : adventures in Ilocos Norte by Nicholas B. Pichay, Mikael de Lara Co, Herdy La. Yumul, Charles Tuvilla, Carloe Javier, Pocholo Goitia, Yolando Jamendang, Jr.
[Ilocos Norte] :$bSamtoy ,c2012. ISBN: 97899719550303

“UP North is a beautiful window to Ilocos NOrte heritage, history and culture. A collection of essays that break down the mystic Ilocano culutre, as seen through the eyes of people who’ve experienced it in various ways. It’s a recommended read and good introduction for travelers on their way up north.”–From Cover, Ivan Henares


From Anonymous Donor:

6.Philippines : an archipelago of exchange.[Paris] : ACTES SUD; Musee du Quai Branly, c2013. ISBN: 9782330015398

“This book was published to coincide with the exhibition “Philippines, an Archipelago of Exchange” at the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris from 9 April to 14 July 2013.

The archipelago of the Philippines, spanned as it is by the forces of trade which lend it both its historical depth and its ethno-linguistic diversity, is here discovered through two eyes:  one turned towards the Sea, the other towards the Land. Based on recent works by archaeologists, historians and linguists, the book’s first part, deveoted to the Sea, probes the Austronesian past of the Philippines. Shedding light on trade routes and their economic stakes in the China Sea and the Sulu Sea reveals a trace network where people, ideas, forms and materials are interwoven. From the golden age of the port cities (10th-13th centuries) to the blossoming of the sultanates of Sulu and Mindanao (15th century), objects attest to these heydays of history.

The second part, the Land, revels Austronesian footprints among the mountain groups of Luzon and Mindanao, which remained on the edge of Spanish colonization. These people produced arts which remained on the edge of Spanish colonization. These peoples produced arts which have symbolic relations with nature and cosmic forces. Based on these special objects, charged with meaning,. the arts of the Phi8lippines are thus shown in all their diversity. This book is an inviting to discover complex and at time a historical cultures, founded on reciprocity. Source: Cover



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