Memoirs of Carmen & Cayan

•November 15, 2016 • 2 Comments

Carmen F. Godinez holding a copy  Carmen & I – Life under Japanese Occupation in WWII (left photo, circa October 2016).  Mr Anthony Wooden, Mayor of Kayan/Tadian Mountain Province (right photo, circa October 2016) holding a copy of the book Cayan – My Memories together with Carmen F. Godinez (daughter of the author of the memoirs) and Maria Lourdes F Godinez (translator of the memoirs). Mr. Wooden was happy to note that the book contained many historical details about his municipality.  Copies of both books available at La Solidaridad Bookshop (531 Padre Faura St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila; telephone: 254 1068.





Face of Peace & War: A Doctor’s Story of Bataan Days & Before (1936-1942) – Book Launching, August 31, 2016

•August 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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An intimate portrait of a Philippine Commonwealth medical doctor’s life as a medical intern in Davao, a public health official in Camarines Sur (Lagonoy, San Jose, and Naga) and as a military doctor in Bataan. The author is the son-in-law of then 1st Lt. Gregorio L. Reyes MC, who left behind a two notebook memoir about his Bataan escape. In addition, the author referenced about 280 letters of his parent-in-laws chronicling their times of separation as sweethearts and as a young married couple.

Book launching scheduled on the second day of the 2016 Manila Studies Annual Conference on August 31, 2016, NCCA, Intramuros, Manila.

Book Details, ISBN 978-971-95603-2-6, Softcover, B/W text, 267++pages, more than 233 photographs. Limited edition printed. Estimated cost = 650 pesos.

Face of Peace & War: Book Launching

•August 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Back Cover, Face of Peace & War by Martin Gaerlan, 2016.

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25th Annual Manila Studies Conference: 30-31, August 2016, NCCA, Intramuros.

•August 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment


In time for History Month, the Manila Studies Association (MSA) will convene the 25th Annual Manila Studies Conference on Aug. 30-31 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.

The conference is cosponsored by the NCCA-Committee on Historical Research and the Philippine National Historical Society, and will present papers on studies highlighting aspects of Manila’s history and culture, as well as studies on national history that interface in Manila’s historical development.

The following are the papers to be presented: “An Interpretation of the Boxer Codex” by Jorge Mojarro; “The Culinary Annotations of Fr. Manuel Blanco, OSA, ‘In Flora de Filipinas,’” Felice Prudente Sta. Maria; “Archives and Archaeology: Digging Deep into the Foundation of La Ignaciana Apostolic Center in Sta. Ana, Manila,” Katherine Ann B. Manalo and Grace Barretto-Tesoro; “Felipe Padilla de Leon Sr. (1912-1992): The Man, the Musician, and His Philosophy,” Renato B. Lucas; “Native Resistance and Collaboration in the Transformation of Post-Conquest 16th-Century Manila,” Danilo M. Gerona; “The Architectural Heritage of Manila Project, 1571-1961,” Erik Akpedonu; “Metamorphosis: Restoring the Metropolitan Theater in the Urban Imagination and Collective Memory,” Gerard Rey Lico; “Architectural Styles of Churches and Ecclesiastical Facilities of the Dominican Order: Santo Domingo Today,” Demetrio C. Alcaraz Jr.; “Selling the Drama: Music and Identity in the Popular Zarzuelas of Severino Reyes circa 1906,” Isidora Miranda; “Himno Nacional: Musical Borrowing in Early 20th-Century Philippines,” Ma. Edelquinn Lueleen Sy-Beltran; “Refuge in the Philippines: The White Russian Refugees in Tubabao Island (1949-1953),” Kinna Mae G. Kwan; and “Pageantry and Identity: Body, Beauty and Technology in Ms. Gay Philippines Five Prettiest,” Ferdinand M. Lopez.

To be launched on Aug. 31 is the “Selected Papers of the 24th Annual Manila Studies Conference De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde, Aug. 27-28, 2015,” with Marya Svetlana T. Camacho as issue editor and Bernardita Reyes Churchill as executive editor.

For inquiries, contact Churchill, MSA president and conference convener, at 921-4575, 926-1347 or, or Lorelei DC de Viana, conference coconvener, at or 0915-640-1675.



Cayan, My Memories

•July 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Cayan My Memories
Maria Lourdes F. Godinez emailed me to share the good news about the July 2016 publication of the English translation of Cayan, mis Memories (2015). José Miguel C Fernández was born in 1884 when the Philippines was a Spanish colony. He wrote his extensive memoirs in Spanish giving account of life in the remote District of Lepanto-Bontoc in the Mountain Province; the Igorots, Candón society and the start of the century under the Americans. This book provides his witness to historical events and the changes that occurred to Philippine society caused by the Philippine Revolution, the Uprising in Candón, and the Philippine-American War.  José’s father was a Spaniard from La Mata de Monteagudo, León. This book is a testament to the loving devotion he had for his father, Francisco Fernández Tejerina (from website)
Ms. Godinez gave me a brief introduction and listed some of the names found in the book.
Francisco Fernandez owned an enormous coffee plantation in Cayan, Lepanto and Jose (his son) wrote about that coffee plantation and his life growing up in those environs.  The memoirs include details about the Igorots of Lepanto and Bontoc, describes the efforts to harvest coffee during those times and how the Igorots were good workers who felt integrated in the plantation. the book also covers their move to Candon, what they witnessed during the uprising of Candon, the revolution, and the arrival of the Americans to the Ilocos region.
Francisco Fernandez instilled in his son a respect for the Igorots and this is shown in the book in many ways.
It was originally written in Spanish and has an English translation available.
The memoirs make mention of many persons:
  • Maldonado – who was a friend and partner in business
  • Felipe and Raymunda Carino – of Candon
  • Florentino and Mary  Lumba – of Cayan
  • Pedro Gadiano – of Cayan
  • Sabas Gaerlan the teacher in Cayan
  • Jose and Martin Mills from Mancayan
  • Jose Moldero from Sabangan
  • Masferre,  from Sagada
  • Igorots from Cayan called Anapen, Ducapit, Kilip and Lakay Inong
Persons from Candon:
  • Antonio Bona
  • Lino Abaya
  • Narciso Liquete
  • Neighbours: Silvestra Abaya, Gregorio Mati, Dorotea Resureccion, Severa Paredes (school teacher for girls)
  • Nicasio de Guia y Carino (Uncle Asiong)
  • Benito Gaerlan – married a cousin of my greatgrandmother (Rosa Foronda y Carino) and tried to cure Mercedes Fernandez (who unfortunately died)
  • Father Gaspar Cano
  • Maestro Samonte
  • Victorino Balbin – who was saved from execution by Jose Fernandez and the family probably don’t know about it
  • Sebastian Abaya
  • Clemente Abaya
  • Isabello Abaya
  • Senor Bustos
  • Modesto Dario
  • Domingo de Guia
  • General Aguinaldo
  • Father Jose Torres
  • General Gregorio del Pilar
Spanish soldiers:
  • Jose Herrero – Major of 6th Hunters Battalion
  • Deogracias Gonzales – sargeant
  • Captain Cantero
  • Manuel Marquetta Mallen
  • General Young
  • Juan de Dios
  • Jose Castillo
  • Lowie Harvey – corporal
  • Samuel Kane
  • the 33rd infantry and the regular infantry
  • Mister Greg – the first american school teacher for boys in Candon
Persons from Cervantes
  • Father Angel Perez
  • Doctor Arce and an assistant called Basilio
  • A chinese trader called Aguirre
Persons in Vigan:
  • Jose Mevia Campomanes Bishop
  • Father Fidel Prada
  • Felipe Buencamino – judge
  • Father Roman Ver
  • Senor Dominguez – who had a patisserie in Vigan
  • Senor Zaragoza – a pharmacist who also had an inn in Vigan
  • Salvador Rivero
  • Father Antonio Blanco – teacher
  • Father Olivares – teacher
  • Father Quirino Evangelista – teacher
  • classmates: Juan de Anta, Agustin Llanoza, Potenciano Abaya, Quintin Paredes, Jose Guiron, Teodoro Cadena, Sabas Pacason,Ignacio Villamor, Agripino Villaflor Faustino Bentano, some boys from the Querol, Santiago, and Zambrano families, Amencio Salvador, etc

Title: Cayan, My Memories, Authored by Mr Jose Miguel C Fernandez
Translated by Ms Maria Lourdes F Godinez (July 2016). Cost = US$15.00 (excluding shipping)

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