NewsPROF. SISON’S LATEST BOOK LAUNCHED WITH RARE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

PROF. SISON’S LATEST BOOK LAUNCHED WITH RARE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

-

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the sponsors of the book launch of Pro. Jose Maria Sison’s Combat Neoliberal Globalization
July 17, 2017

PROF. SISON’S LATEST BOOK LAUNCHED WITH RARE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

Professor Jose Maria Sison gamely joined young cultural activists in performing his poem “The Guerrilla is Like a Poet, by singing and reciting the poem while the other cultural performers act out the poem.

This was the highlight of the book launch of Professor Sison’s latest book Combat Neoliberal Globalization (Volume 3 of Selected Writings 2009-2015) and renewed distribution of the book of poems titled, The Guerrilla is Like a Poet, last July 15, 2017 at the Nassaukerk Social Hall in Amsterdam.

Solidarity activists and several compatriots have noted that Professor Sison seldom reads and performs his own poetry in public performances, and his performance during the booklaunch was a rare peek into his poetic and thespian skills.

Unknown to many, Professor Sison has also been a devoted theater artist who has worked with the likes of Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal during his years at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Sison is currently nominated as National Artist for Literature by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).

During the book launch, Yasmin Ahmed, a young activist of the Revolutionaire Eenheid of the Netherlands stressed the importance of Sison’s books in understanding current global events and social, economic and political conditions obtaining not only in the Philippines but also in imperialist countries like the Netherlands.

Ahmed specifically noted the inclusion of statements and letters of condolences and solidarity in Sison’s latest book. She said those statements are not only expressions of grief and solidarity of the author but more importantly an expression of utmost recognition of the contributions of those fallen individuals to the anti-imperialist struggle and to the creation of a world without exploitation and oppression.

Marlon Lacsamana, LGBTQ activist and member of Migrante Den Haag, noted in his review of Sison’s The Guerrilla is Like a Poet, that one has to go through the book to discover what is hidden inside. Like the guerrillas, he said, they are hidden but you know they are there fighting for social justice.

“A guerrilla will continue to fight until injustice is eliminated, and a poet will continue to write until he runs out of inspiration. The people are the inspiration to which the guerrilla will fight, and the poet will write, Lacsamana concluded.

In his brief remarks, Professor Sison gave his audience an overview of the current events and the global capitalist crisis. This has been brought about by neoliberal globalization and the incessant wars unleashed by the US and its NATO allies since the years of 1989 to 1991 when revisionist ruling cliques rapidly, openly and fully restored capitalism in their countries and the Soviet Union collapsed.

He pointed out the intensification of the inter-imperialist contradictions and the struggle for a redivision of the world because of the emergence and rise of China and Russia as capitalist powers. This has resulted in further economic and financial crises and wars and the further strategic decline of the US.

He declared that these conditions cause intolerable suffering and drive the people to resist imperialism and all reaction and strive for national, democracy and socialism. Thus, the world is now in transition to the resurgence and advance of the revolutionary proletariat and oppressed peoples and nations in the anti-imperialist movement and world proletarian revolution.

On the political situation in the Philippines, Sison said the Duterte government is buffeted by a worsening crisis of the ruling system and is accountable for aggravating this crisis. He noted that Duterte has not realized any substantial economic and social policy changes for the better in his one year in office, and has continued to renege on his political promises, specifically to respect agreements inked in the peace negotiations, like the agreement on human rights and international humanitarian law, by not releasing political prisoners.

On the matter of peace talks, Professor Sison stressed that the NDFP continues to be open to the peace process and for continuing the peace talks. He however specifically noted as negative and nonconducive to peace negotiations Duterte’s threat to proclaim martial law nationwide and the continuing carpet bombings of many communities in northern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao that have killed many people and have displaced entire communities. He said that because of these the NDFP needs to do tough talking in the upcoming back channel talks between the GRP and NDFP scheduled in the Netherlands.

Many in the audience lined up to have their books signed by Professor Sison at the conclusion of the book launch.

The book launch was organized by Migrante Den Haag, Kabalikat, MKSP, Pinay sa Holland Gabriela, Revolutionaire Eenheid, Anakbayan Europe, Linangan Arts and Culture Network, Migrante Amsterdam, ICCHRP, FREN and NFS.#
For reference:

Mitchy Mallorca Saturay
Linangan Arts and Culture Network
[email protected]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest news

Bio-data of Jose Maria Sison as public figure

Bio-data of Jose Maria Sison as public figure

Jose Maria Sison talks and meets with Philippine presidents

Jose Maria Sison talks and meets with Philippine presidents

Jose Maria Sison meets and talks with Prime Minister Kyell Magne Bondevik of the Royal Norwegian Government

In the course of GRP-NDFP peace negotiations in Norway , Jose Maria Sison meets and talks with Prime Minister Kyell Magne Bondevik of the Royal Norwegian Government.

Jose Maria Sison receives the Southeast Asia WRITE Award

The literary award is considered the most prestigious in Southeast Asia. The awardees are nominated by national writers' organizations

BOOKS BY PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON, 1961-2022

Since 1961, more than 50 books written by Jose Maria Sison have been published in English, Filipino and other languages. The books listed hereunder chronologically are mostly available from libraries of major Philippine, US and West European universities, Popular Bookstore in Manila and NDFP International Information Office in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Decision on the petition for proscription against the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations filed by the DOJ on 21 Feb 2018 with the RTC branch...

The Program of the CPP which is also synonymous with “Plan of Action”, can be construed as the respondent organizations’ “purpose for being,” or the very reasons for its establishment. A perusal of the foregoing Program, consisting of lofty ideals readily shows that the CPP-NPA is organized or exists, not for the purpose engaging in terrorism.

Must read

Bio-data of Jose Maria Sison as public figure

Bio-data of Jose Maria Sison as public figure

Jose Maria Sison talks and meets with Philippine presidents

Jose Maria Sison talks and meets with Philippine presidents

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you