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Preface to FILIPINA INSURGENCY by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.

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Foreword to FILIPINA INSURGENCY (Quezon City: Giraffe Books, 1999) No uprising fails. Each one is a step in the right direction. --Salud Algabre Faithful to the injunction “Always historicize!” I would like to situate the individual essays collected here in the conjunctural “thickness” of their origins. Sometime in the mid-seventies, I edited Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, the monthly newsletter of the Philippines Research Center (an affiliate of the anti-martial law groups in the United States), which featured in one issue the vicissitudes of the women's liberation movement in the Philippines. One reader asked why I wasted one issue on such a partial and minor trend; my somewhat protracted response took the form of an essay on socialist feminism, its background and prospect. This later evolved into chapter 8 of my book Crisis in the Philippines (South Hadley, Mass: Bergin & Garvey, 1986), included here as chapter 5. As the historical record shows,

PAHIWATIG

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PAHIWATIG Bumungad ka umigting panginoon ko Oo nais ko gusto ko Inay ko! gigil sumisidhi nilalanghap sinisipsip sa kirot sa hapdi Gayumang walang ligtas Gayumang walang patawad kahit na mapariwara kahit na magkasira-sira Oo unti-unti mong kitilin ang buhay ko Oo nais ko gusto ko higpitan higpitan pa kahit anong hapdi rumaragasang hininga nagpupumiglas nais ibulalas sumasagitsit Ay, naku! lumalagos walang awa ---- bumugso bumigay— …. nakagulapay walang lingon walang sisi ibulong mo sa akin sa umaga totoong walang ligtas pinagtalik tiyak na walang patawad biyaya mong inialay tadhana’t kapalaran O mahal langit sa lupa