New book honors PH heroes, war veterans
This is the essence that book publisher and author Melandrew T. Velasco underscored in the book Twilight Glory: A Tribute to Filipino Heroes and Veterans with Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina and former Congressional Committee on Veterans Affairs and Benefits Chairman now Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil as co-authors. The book is co-published by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, the PVAO and Media Touchstone Ventures, Inc. A 320-page coffee table book, Twilight Glory: A Tribute to Filipino Heroes and Veterans tells the story of over 500 years of the Filipinos’ struggle for a free, independent and sovereign nation. From the pockets of revolts in the early Spanish regime to the years of the Philippine Revolution in 1896; from the Philippine-American War to the attainment of Philippine independence from the U.S. in 1946 with World War II in between; from the post-World War II reconstruction and rehabilitation and to the Philippine participation in the Korean and Vietnam wars to ensure regional peace and security; and from the Martial era and to the rebuilding of the nation in post-EDSA People Power Revolution. As a tribute book to heroes and veterans, it has a chapter on the national shrines, memorials and the government entity mandated to ensure the welfare of veterans, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. The book also includes a chapter on the veterans’ fight for benefits and recognition here and in the U.S. and another chapter on current challenges of the country: peace and order, foreign relations, natural calamities and the COVID 19-pandemic. Twilight Glory was initially intended for book launch presentation on March 22, 2020 at the Fairmont Hotel to be part of the 92nd birthday celebration of former President Fidel V. Ramos. He is among the country’s living heroes. He has witnessed and experienced the horrors of war; has participated in the Korean and Vietnam Wars; fought as a soldier in the AFP; and has served the country in another battlefield, as President of the Philippines. His Presidency ushered in a new era in the country’s history as he led the country to become one of the fastest growing economies in the region during his time. He is a hero both in times of war and peace. And he deserves to be honored in his twilight years, Velasco said.