By Prof. Sarah Raymundo
July 20, 2013
Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon Avenue, Philippines

It is with a deep sense of honor and gratitude that I deliver my response to a tough problematique raised by the organizers of this book launch: a rejoinder to the first volume of Jose Ma. Sison’s selected essays from 1968-1972 that is based on the impact of this body of work on the post-70s generation of youth and students. Four years ago in 2009, I committed myself to a similar task and spoke on the vitality of Marxism in 21st century for an international gathering of workers unions. To speak of the vitality of Marxism at the onset of the financial crisis was not as complicated as speaking against the much-vaunted “trickle down effect” of globalization as the ratification of the GATT-WTO was under way back in the 90s when we were all more or less twenty years younger.

I mention this to highlight a very personal yet political sense of validation derived from a decision made in one’s youth: that of holding fast to the idea of dialectical thinking against the fragmenting logic of capital, of class struggle against capitalist triumphalism, of social revolution against reaction, of partisan reality against relativism, and why not say it, of communism against a crisis-ridden capitalist system which has proven itself hostile toward human life.

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Talumpati ni Jaqueline Joy Eroles sa Book Launch ng librong “Foundation for Resuming the Philippine Revolution” ni Prop. Jose Maria Sison
20 July 2013

Marami pong salamat sa inyong imbitasyon na makapagbahagi hinggil sa kahalagahan ng sulatin ni Propesor Jose Maria Sison na tinipon sa librong “Foundation for Resuming the Philippine Revolution” ni Propesor Jose Maria Sison. Isa pa lamang ito sa limang librong nagtitipon ng piling sulatin ni Ka Joma mula 1968-1991.

Ito ay inililimbag sa okasyon ng paggunita sa ika-150 taong kaarawan ni Ka Andres Bonifacio. Ang paksa ng limang libro ay hinggil sa pagpapatuloy ng rebolusyong 1896 na pinamunuan ni Andres Bonifacio.

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You are cordially invited to the launching of the book Foundation for Resuming the Philippine Revolution by Jose Maria Sison, to be held on July 20,2013 at the Great Eastern Hotel, Jade Empress Function Room, 1403 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, 7 to 9 p.m.

The book is the first volume (covering 1968-1972) of a series of selected works by Jose Maria Sison from 1968 to 1990, co-published by International Network for Philippine Studies (INPS) and Aklat ng Bayan, Inc. The series consists of the following volumes:

1. Foundation for Resuming the Philippine Revolution (1968-72)
2. Defeating Revisionism, Reformism and Opportunism (1969-72)
3. Building Strength through Struggle (1972-77)
4. Detention and Defiance (1977-1986)
5. Continuing Struggle for National and Social Liberation (1986 to 1990)

The series is billed as an offering of Aklat ng Bayan and the Stichting International Network for Philippine Studies to the year long celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio under the title,“Continuing the Philippine Revolution: An Offering of 5 Books on National and Social Liberation to Celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio”.

Hoping to see you there,

Luis V. Teodoro
Chair, Aklat ng Bayan, Inc.

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