Sun and Stars Alight

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dr.Hilarion M. Henares. Jr., Doctor of Economics, will probably be known as the Alexander Hamilton of the Philippines. As Hamilton argued for his “Theory of Manufactures” to point the way to the United States’ emergence as an industrial power against Thomas Jeferson’s advocacy of a “pastoral economy”, so did Henares argue for Philippine industrialization against American policy to keep the Philippines agricultural.

            More than anyone else Henares is the most eloquent spokesman for the Philippine industrial middle class. And he articulated for his generation, the Nationalist Economic Philosophy for the advancement of the common masses. Said Education Sec. Juan Manuel, “Fiercely nationalistic, Henares chose as his field of battle the area of economics. There are many milestones that marked our way to economic emancipation and Henares chose as his field of battle the area of economics. There are many milestones that marked our way to economic emancipation and Henares was there first. He was a visionary, a gadfly, an achiever . . . who proded this country almost against its will to accept the challenge of change in the postwar years.”

            Henares studied in the best schools, Ateneo University of the Philippines and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But his early schooling was in the public schools, where his Senator grand-father put him to prepare him for a political career; he became a cabinet member and a senatorial candidate.