READING LIST: Ateneo recommends 16 books on Martial Law in the Philippines

Ateneo  books on Martial Law
These books on Martial Law and the Marcos years published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press can be purchased online on its website, as well as on Shopee and Lazada stores. Photo from the Ateneo de Manila University website.

The Ateneo de Manila University has recommended 16 books on Martial Law in the Philippines under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to educate more Filipino readers on the dark chapter in Philippine history.

The Jesuit-run university released a reading list of several titles published by its own Ateneo de Manila University Press on its official website and social media pages.

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Ateneo said the “extensively-researched books” included in the list will aid readers in “learning about one of the darkest periods in Philippine history.”

“Here are several extensively-researched books to aid you in learning about one of the darkest periods in Philippine history, from the Ateneo University Press,” the Ateneo de Manila University’s official Facebook page wrote on May 12, 2022.

Here are the 16 books on Martial Law and the Marcos years that are available for purchase on the Ateneo Press website, as well as on Shopee and Lazada stores:

  1. Memory, Truth-telling, and the Pursuit of Justice: A Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship by Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute
  2. Living and Dying: In Memory of 11 Ateneo de Manila Martial Law Activists by Cristina Jayme Montiel
  3. In the Name of Civil Society: From Free Election Movements to People by Eva-Lotta E. Hedman
  4. Some Are Smarter than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism by Ricardo Manapat
  5. The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos by Primitivo Mijares
  6. Down from the Hill: Ateneo de Manila in the First Ten Years Under Martial Law, 1972-1982 edited by Cristina Jayme Montiel and Susan Evangelista
  7. Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972-1986 by Raul C. Navarro
  8. Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats: The Emergence and Evolution of a Power Elite by Teresa S. Tadem
  9. Ascending the Fourth Mountain: A Personal Account of the Marcos Years by Maria Virginia Yap Morales
  10. A Capital City at the Margins: Quezon City and Urbanization in the Twentieth-Century Philippines by Michael D. Pante
  11. Dream Eden: A Novel by Linda Ty-Casper
  12. Canal de la Reina: Isang Nobela by Liwayway A. Arceo
  13. Canal de la Reina: English Translation by Liwayway Arceo and translated by Soledad S. Reyes
  14. Kung Wala na ang Tag-araw /Ano Ngayon, Ricky? by Rosario de Guzman-Lingat
  15. Two Women as Specters of History: Lakambini and Indigo Child by Rody Vera
  16. The Betrayed: A Novel by Reine Arcache Melvin

The Ateneo Press earlier topped the Aklatan all-Filipino online book fair which also marked a milestone in the introduction of a new entry in the Lazada list of top-performing categories—local history books.

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