Thy banner dear to all our hearts
With sun and stars alight,
O never shall its shining field
Be dimmed by tyrants’ might!
Philippine National Anthem
This book is lovingly dedicated to the five women in my life:
My three daughters, gracious Elvira, talented Juno and scholarly Rosanna – who are the true nationalists in the brood;
My wife Cecilia, who is my love and inspiration;
And my mother Concepcion Maramba Henares, in whose wisdom, goodness and love of truth and beauty, lie the destiny that shaped my beginnings
With these words to dwell on:
In the terror-laden blackness
Of despair that haunts the night,
There are many who curse the darkness
And a few who kindle the light.
And a special dedication to a personal friend, Colonel Severo Santiago whose life is a beacon to all economic nationalists.