Ateneo publishes a reading list of books on martial law

Image taken from the Ateneo website

MANILA — The Ateneo de Manila University shared a reading list of martial law books on Thursday, a day after local publishing house Adarna House began pre-orders for its discounted “Never Again” pack.

In a post on its website and social media pages, the Jesuit-run institution shared 16 headlines under its own Ateneo University Press.

“Here are several thoroughly researched books to help you learn about one of the darkest periods in Philippine history, from the Ateneo University Press,” it read.

The 16 books on martial law, all of which are available on the Shopee and Lazada pages of the Ateneo University Press, include:

– “Remembrance, truth telling and the pursuit of justice: a lecture on the legacies of the Marcos dictatorship” by Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute

– “To Live and Die: In Memory of 11 Ateneo de Manila Martial Law Activists” by Cristina Jayme Montiel

– “In the Name of Civil Society: From Free Electoral Movements to People Power in the Philippines” by Eva-Lotta E. Hedman

– “Some are smarter than others: Marcos’ story of crony capitalism” by Ricardo Manapat

– “The marital dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” by Primitivo Mijares

– “Down from the Hill: Ateneo de Manila in the First Ten Years Under Martial Law, 1972-1982”, edited by Cristina Jayme Montiel and Susan Evangelista

– “Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972-1986” by Raul C. Navarro

– “Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats: The Emergence and Evolution of a Power Elite” by Teresa S. Tadem

– “Ascension of the fourth mountain: a personal account of the Marcos years” by Maria Virginia Yap Morales

– “A Capital on the Margin: Quezon City and Urbanization in the Philippines of the Twentieth Century” by Michael D. Pante

– “Dream Eden: a novel” by Linda Ty-Casper

– “Queen’s Canal: Isang Nobela” by Liwayway A. Arceo

– “Canal de la Reina: English Translation” by Liwayway Arceo and translated by Soledad S. Reyes

– “Kung Wala na ang Tag-araw /Ano Ngayon, Ricky?” by Rosario de Guzman-Lingat

– “Two women as specters of history: Lakambini and Indigo Child” by Rody Vera; edited with production notes and interview by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, introduction by Joel David

– “Betrayal: A Novel” by Reine Arcache Melvin

The spotlight on books on martial law came amid the impending victory of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. – son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos – in the 2022 presidential elections, based on partial and unofficial tallies.

It has been nearly 50 years since the elder Marcos declared martial law, which has been marked by rampant corruption and human rights abuses.

Nancy I. Romero