Book 20: Trash and Treasures

Foreword by Senator Lorenzo M. Tañada
Written for Larry Henares’ book, Behold the Radiance
December 15, 1965


 

 

The function of a foreword is to introduce a book, and often, too, its author.  The function of this particular foreword is simplified by the circumstance that it is possible to speak about the present work and its author at one and the same time.

 

The author probably needs no introduction to most of us, who try to be familiar with the contemporary Philippine scene.  Mr. Henares is well-known in business, economic and political circles not only for his executive enterprise but, more significantly, for his earnestly and honestly expressed views in Nationalism.  Because of these views, Mr. Henares is not uncontroversial.  But above whatever controversy may turn around his figure, the facts remains that he has held many high and responsible positions in business, education and government, that he has reached far and done much.  Done much, too, it must be said, for his country which so desperately needs at the present stage of its economic development, that breed of men who, in Mr. Henares’ own words, will not “pay the price of subjection in order to develop”.

 

This in fact is what the present work is about – a collection of Mr. Henares’ writings over the years on why and how “we need not succumb in order to grow …. we need not pay the price of subjection in order to develop.”  It seems a shame that even today Filipino voices can still be heard insisting that the price of growth is surrender, the price of development, subjection, that the Filipino is unable or unwilling to tighten his belt in the time of austerity which all young nations must go through before attaining a sovereign, self-respecting and wholesome maturity.

 

If this book helps us to understand why the alternative to Filipino economic nationalism is surrender today and the likely forfeiture of our birthright tomorrow, it will have done very much indeed for all of us.  To the extent that it does, we shall all be indebted to the young nationalist, Hilarion M. Henares, Jr.