Book 19: Beggar and King

Foreword by Carlos P Romulo
Written as a preface to Larry Henares’ book, With Fervor Burning,
January 26, 1965

             Some people concentrate on one special field and become successful after a lifetime of hard work.  Hilarion M. Henares, Jr., can be said to have been leaping from crag to crag and from peak to peak in many different fields, and has achieved success in each of them incredible for a man of his tender years. 

            He obtained his training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he distinguished himself with a high scholastic record.  At the age of 25 he was the youngest Dean of a private graduate school.  Before thirty he was the head of an industrial complex making 56 different products and was subsequently elected president of the Philippine Chamber of Industries.  He made one movie and it won the coveted award of “the best documentary film of the year.”  He and his family also received the distinction of having been chosen as the year’s exemplary family. 

            Henares rightly deserves what Dr. Lilian Gilbreth said of him:  “the father of Management Revolution in the Philippines.” 

            Henares is a writer, and may be considered one of our liberal intellectuals.  His passion for nationalism and the widening of the forces and benefits of democracy to improve the lot of our masses, he has made the controlling principle in his official acts. 

            Henares’ confident faith in our people’s capacity to rise and fulfill the expectations of Dr. Jose Rizal, if embodied in a political action can, with the support and gathering of a mass movement, inexorably usher him in the center of the historical process. 

            It is often said that the twentieth century is the century of revolutions.  But most importantly, the 1960’s saw a new kind of leadership asserted, such as that of President Kennedy in the American scene and Prime Minister Wilson in England. 

            The Old Order is passing from the scene and we are witnessing a general intellectual and social ferment the implications of which are likely to re-shape our institutions, our concept of values, the structures of our economic and social life. 

            This slim volume clearly indicates the tone and magnitude of Henares’ basic philosophy and ideas.  Whether it be in economics, or in his more intense moments, in matters affecting the dilemma of man himself in this mechanized world, Henares displays a passion for truth and an intelligence capable of assimilating seemingly disparate aspects of culture and presenting them in the coherence of a solid logical structure. 

            In the manner of the celebrated dramatist, Eugene Ionesco, Henares does not stop asking questions, a supreme quality which is characteristic of an engaging and living mind.  And in the questions he asks, we are able to perceive a glimmer of the significance of the human effort in our own society and time.  This, I believe, is what makes for the cogency and importance of the present volume. 

Carlos P. Romulo
President, University of the Philippines