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War on Terror


The inside story – plans, strategies, casualties, letters – of the crackdown on terrorist groups by the Philippines military with the support of elite US Special forces, with no details spared. The War on Terror is a book about terrorism — the al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf Group and their operations in southern Philippines — and includes photographs of letters written by terrorist commanders and by kidnapped American couple Martin and Gracia Burnham. The book follows the growth, movement and activities of the ASG, the Jemaah Islamiyah and the al-Qaeda and talks about how the military broke the triad of their operations through various operational plans and strategies that were implemented with the support of US Special Forces, whose actual involvement in counter-terrorism operations in the Philippines is being detailed for the first time. More than just about the issue of terrorism, the book will inform readers on the factors – social, political and economic that abet terrorism in a struggling country such as the Philippines.

Cursed and Other Stories


In Cursed and Other Stories, readers will encounter the pain, the love, and the hope that reside in every Filipino… all these people all over the globe who are making lives easier for strangers in other countries, for all the people who wear their country with simultaneous pride and shame. Because while they might wish to leave their home to seek greener pastures for those they love, they will never be able to quit it completely. Such desperation may be recognizable to many readers, however if it isn’t, they will come away with a better understanding of it, at least vis-a-vis this archipelago that has more in common with the West than is evident on the surface.

A review of ‘Cursed and Other Stories’: Diaspora on a bed of romance and the erotic


Riverrun, A Novel


Riverrun is a rite-of-passage novel on the life of Danilo Cruz, a young gay man who grows up in a colourful and chaotic military dictatorship in the Philippines. Shaped like a memoir, it glides from childhood to young adulthood in chapters written like flash fiction and vignettes, along with a recipe for shark meat, a feature article, extracts from a poem and vivid songs. It can be classified as literary fiction, that is nevertheless accessible to the general reader.

Author of Cursed and Other Stories shares her review of Prof. Danton Remoto’s book, Riverrun, A Novel.


Review: Riverrun Tells the Story of a Poor Filipino Boy Growing Up in Chaos


Crying Mountain


A moving tale of courage and love, set against the Zamboanga crisis in the Southern Philippines in the
In Below the Crying Mountain, the Moro Rebellion that broke out in the Sulu archipelago in the 1970s, and that continues to wound the nation, is seen vividly through the lives of the mestiza Rosy Wright, the Tausug girl Nahla, the rebel leader Prof. Hassan, the soldier Capt. Rodolfo as well as in the quest of the book’s narrator. The personal is political as war fuels the clash of emotions, histories and cultures. The story traces the lives of Jolo residents Rosy France Wright, a half-American girl who elopes with a Muslim professor from Christian Zamboanga to Muslim Jolo, leaving behind her husband-without ceremony, Omar Hassan, her best friend, Nahla, a Tausug girl and Jolo local, Captain Rodolfo, who becomes Nahla’s lover. The events take place against the backdrop of the escalation of communal and other tensions during the 70’s and 80’s. Through the eyes of the narrator the reader is able to follow the transformation of Jolo—from its former glory days of prestigious parties to the ushering in of a new era of more zealous religious observance.

How to Ride a Train to Ulaanbaatar and Other Essays


How to Ride a Train to Ulaanbaatar and Other Essays is a coming-of-age story of a woman who leaves home to work in Shanghai following the death of her mother. In a collection of ten travel essays, she writes about living in another culture to learn another language and the experiences that shaped her view on what it means to be her own person, a daughter, a friend, a lover and a citizen of the world.

About the Author

Josephine V. Roque is a freelance journalist and editor. She has worked in print and online publications in Manila and Shanghai. Joyce obtained her MFA in creative writing from De La Salle University and has received prizes for her essays from the Doreen Fernandez Food Writing Competition and Ateneo Art Awards. She also contributes art criticism and profiles for ArtAsiaPacific Magazine and ArtReview Asia.

ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine Diplomat


“ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine
Diplomat guides us to a deeper understanding of the concept of
ASEAN Centrality, through the eyes of one of the Philippines’ most reputable diplomats. Outlining
both a personal recollection of her extensive experience and adherence to academic discipline,
Ambassador Buensuceso puts forth her analysis of ASEAN Centrality as a core element of diplomacy
within ASEAN. She then goes further to articulate ASEAN’s aspiration for the future of a region that
is constantly evolving. This book is a must-read to understand Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-
Pacific regional dynamics, as it offers an insight into ASEAN Centrality like no other.”
— Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

The Art and Science of the Pitch


Serial entrepreneur and The Final Pitch creator and host John Aguilar shares valuable lessons, tips and techniques he picked up from years of producing and hosting the reality pitching show.

In this book, he straddles the East and the West to interview world-renowned investors, venture capitalists, conglomerates, startups, creatives, and legal and financial experts to identify the components of a pitch that makes an impact-whoever you are, wherever you are, and at whatever stage of your idea, start-up, or scale-up. He dives deep into the minds and methods of founders who pitched their way to million-dollar valuations, and tackles lessons that can be learned from those who failed.

Through this book you will be able to:
– Discover your ‘Why’ and find your ‘Who’
– Learn how to read and prepare for your audience
– Distill the essential elements of the pitch and craft your pitch deck
– Hone your pitching style and storytelling technique
– Know how to pitch to anyone, anywhere, virtually or in-person
– Learn the art and science of valuation and prepare for due diligence
– Gain insights on how to pitch on a reality TV show

This is the titular playbook that explores each component of the pitch so that you can understand the art and science behind it as you gear yours for success.