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Mga Tula at Tilamsik ng Diwa

Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo

1985

Mga Tula at Tilamsik ng Diwa

Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo

This book is mainly a collection of various poems authored by Francisco “Soc” Rodrigo – a critic and political detainee of the Martial Law Regime. Writing his first original poem while in detention in 1972, his succeeding literary works were deemed subversive. Persons holding copies of these – including Rodrigo – were put in prison. The book presents the author’s writings according to various subjects such as religion, nationhood, Love, Democracy, Dictatorship, the Military, Freedom, Politics and the Voting Ballot, History, and Morality.

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Rodrigo, Francisco “Soc” (1985). “Mga Tula at Tilamsik ng Diwa.” Quezon City.

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win: Poems and Essays from the Philippine Struggle

Clarita Roja

1974

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win: Poems and Essays from the Philippine Struggle

Clarita Roja

A book of essays and poems that were written by Mila Aguilar under the pseudonym Clarita Roja. A prolific poet and essayist, Aguilar was part of the underground movement. She was eventually arrested in 1984 and held in detention until 1986.

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Roja, Clarita. Dare to Struggle! Dare to Win: Poems and Essays from the Philippine Struggle. Manila: Limbagang Manggagawa, 1974.

Testament From A Prison Cell

Benigno S. Aquino

1984

Testament From A Prison Cell

Benigno S. Aquino

This brief but moving testament of one man’s convictions–a man self-described as “a humanist, a democrat and a romantic”–was written in a prison cell by one of the first political opponents to be arrested and held in military detention after Marcos established his totalitarian regime in the Philippines on September 22, 1972. Five years after his arrest, Aquino was sentenced to death by firing squad. What is presented here is Aquino’s elegant, reasoned defense of his political views (Christian Socialist), his outline for an ideal society (freedom of the individual is all-important), and a family history of patriotism (both his father and grandfather were “imprisoned for serving the Filipino people”). Bleeding through the text’s rationale and legalese is a current of unabashed passion from a man who believed in his cause.

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Aquino, Benigno S. Testament from a Prison Cell. Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines: [Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation], 1984.