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     Palanyag to ParaSnaque : a history
Publisher: City of ParaSnaque
Author(s): Dulce Festin. De Guzman, Ariel Marquez- Baybay



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     Answering Kennedy's Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines
Publisher: Peace Corps Writers
Author(s): Parker W. Borg, Maureen J. Carroll, Patricia MacDermot Kasdan, Stephen W. Wells

Fifty years after President Kennedy signed the 1961 Executive Order creating the Peace Corps, nearly 100 former volunteers who joined the new organization in the first year for service in the Philippines recall why they joined, what they experienced, and how this service in the Philippines affected their lives. In addition a half dozen members of the Peace Corps staff in the Philippines and a similar number of Filipinos have contributed their recollections from the period. The book includes photos of individuals from both the 1960s and more recently as well as maps showing communities of service. The Peace Corps program in the Philippines was the first in Asia. Three factors set it apart from others during the early years of the Peace Corps? existence. First, it was the largest program in the world, absorbing 25 per cent of all volunteers at the beginning. Second, all volunteers in the first years were assigned to be ?teacher?s aides,? a position that was never clearly defined and that the Country Director later admitted was a "non-job." And third, the Philippine program occurred in a nation that only fifteen years earlier had become independent from the US, having been America?s single effort at establishing an imperialist colonial empire. This history gave the Philippine program a distinctly different political and social dynamic from what was the case in all of the other early Peace Corps countries. These are the reminiscences of a group of young Americans of varying degrees of idealism who answered President Kennedy's call to do what they could for their country. Assigned each to a separate school in the central part of the country, they lived far from the bright lights of Manila. The stories illustrate varying degrees of integration into the local culture, different ways of coping with the frustrations of their "non-job," and what many learned as they came to terms with themselves living far from familiar comforts on a salary of about $55 per month. Above all the stories tell of the determination and spirit of these early volunteers in establishing a strong basis for one of the important first Peace Corps programs.

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     Memoirs of an OREO: A Social History
Publisher: iUniverse
Author(s): William Polk

An Oreo? Me? No! I've been just an average guy who's had a pretty good life. SO-Who wants to read my autobiography? If I'm an unknown, almost nobody right? Well this autobiography is different, because it has a unique and illuminating story to tell. Its primary task is to explore the social climate and the dynamics of social change in the U.S. during most of the 20th Century. It also explores the idiosyncratic needs of individuals and groups that create and/or resist social change. I had always felt the imperfections in how whites and blacks interacted in our country. But not until the assassination of Martin Luther King my uneasiness in a segregated society suddenly re-ignite my awareness of the disparities. That startling realization sparked and fueled my efforts to rectify the social ills.Taking advantage of my love of people, my life experiences and my education, I write this to help bring about an inclusive, more diverse society. My background has helped me realize that all people have the same concerns in life. That background and knowledge didn't make me an OREO. It made me a human being.Bill's story is fascinating. It is captivating simply as an autobiography but it also presents a unique insight into race relations in America from the view of an "Oreo." I think readers, both black and white, will find it interesting edifying and inspiring."Roy Armstrong IIEditor & Advisor"You've told quite an amazing and touching stroy here.""Characters are real people and have been well defined throughout the story.""Realistically presented.""--its fascinating to view this part of our national heritage throngh his eyes."Comments by: P. Elizabeth Collins President/ Gardenia Press

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