Kapampangan center to launch Simbulan book on PMA

Kapampangan center to launch Simbulan book on PMA


ANGELES CITY — The Center for Kapampangan Studies will host the second launching of Dr. Dante Simbulan’s much-anticipated autobiography, “Whose Side Are We On? Memoirs of a PMAer,” on Tuesday, October 25 at 3 p.m. at the Casa Nena, Holy Angel University in Angeles City.

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPeg) and the Center for the Study of Social Change (CSSC) will co-sponsor the book’s initial launch at the University of the Philippines in Diliman on October 20.

“We want a second launch in Pampanga for the benefit of our cabalen and all those who share our advocacy,” Prof. Roland Simbulan, the author’s son, said. The Simbulans hail from San Simon town and are known for their anti-dictatorship and anti-nuclear power plant campaigns.

Dr. Simbulan is also the author of the groundbreaking book “The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy” while Prof. Simbulan is the author of “The Bases of Our Insecurity” as well as chair of the Nuclear-Free Philippines Coalition.

The older Simbulan taught social science in his alma mater, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) during the turbulent 1960s. Known as a maverick instructor with progressive ideas, Dr. Simbulan taught his students to analyze and critique government policies and performance, especially those that breed poverty and social injustice.

One of his radicalized students was Victor Corpus, who later also joined the PMA faculty and defected to the New People’s Army when the latter raided the PMA armory in 1971 during President Marcos’ visit to Baguio City. Partly for this, Dr. Simbulan was arrested when martial law was declared in 1972, detained for more than two years without charges, and was declared as a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International and other human rights groups.

For inquiries and book reservation, please contact the Center for Kapampangan Studies c/o Myra at kapampangancenter@gmail.com or 0999 959 0601. (PR)