WHOSE SIDE ARE WE ON? Memoirs of a PMAer by Dr. Dante C. Simbulan is now available at Popular Bookstore in Morato, Quezon City, at Solidaridad Bookshop , in Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila and at the CenPeg office.
Comments on the book:
Bienvenido Lumbera, Professor Emeritus and National Artist:
“Whose Side are We On? has left me with a transformed image of Dante Simbulan. Where I saw him at Ateneo as a model to emulate, his memoir has made him grow beyond emulation, and I can only wish to keep his example as a landmark for activists young and old to aspire to.”
Dr. Carol P. Araullo, National Chair, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan:
” Dante Simbulan’s memoir is an extraordinary tale told in the context of the Filipino people’s epic struggle to free themselves from the yoke of exploitation and oppression by the entrenched elite of the land and their foreign masters. Young people who read this book, especially those aspiring for professional careers in the uniformed services, must ask themselves the same life-changing question Dr. Simbulan asked when faced with a highly unequal and polarized Philippine society: ‘ Whose side are we on; who do we serve?’
Ms. Criselda Yabes, Journalist and book author of ‘Boys from the Barracks’
” Dante Simbulan’s story reveals to us much of the beginnings of our road to independence, a young nation trying to find its right place in seeking justice and equality after years of colonialization that warped our sense of identity. It was not easy, as one could see, but here is Dante’s voice telling us what it was like, the brave movement for socialism. In the end, the safest place he could find was exile from where he could look back on a life that has also made him part of our history in our search for freedom.
Jose Ma. Sison, founding Chair, Communist Party of the Philippines
The book is a clear testimony of the great service that Dr. Dante Simbulan has rendered to the Filipino people as a teacher and activist dedicated to revolutionary change. His life shows how he freed himself from the fetters of a military organization serving the interests of U.S. imperialism and the reactionary classes of big compradors and landlords. He gave fuller play to his brilliance as a scholar and teacher in the service of the oppressed and exploited. He pursue further his social research on the Philippine elite and on how it amasses wealth and power at the expense of the toiling masses of workers and peasants. By teaching in several key universities and colleges, he contributed greatly to the revolutionary awakening of the youth and growth and advance of the national democratic movement. He was able to inspire and nurture many student activists who linked u with the masses, and who were at the forefront of the surging youth movement in the late 1960s, the First Quarter Storm of 1970, and other mass struggles until the proclamation of martial law in 1972.