Press release from First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) by Kelly Austria
Historians, artists, academicians, teachers, students, and other history lovers gathered to pay homage to one of Batangas’ favorite sons.
In 2014, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini y Maranan, who was born on July 23, 1864.
Mabini, referred to as “the sublime paralytic” and the “brains of the revolution”, was a Filipino philosopher and revolutionary.
His life and times will be documented in the coffee table book under the editorship of Ramon Villegas with other esteemed authors Mila Guerrero, Ricardo Jose, Manuel L. Quezon III, Justice Adolfo Azcuna, and Emmanuel Calairo.
This was announced during the soft launch of [email protected] held at the discussion library of the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities in Tanauan City, Batangas.
The event was part of the school’s 13th Foundation Day.
A preview of the sculpture by artist Julie Lluch was also presented.
Aside from Villegas and the other Mabini book authors, the launch was also attended by National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chair, Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno.
Mr. Frederick Mabini, descendant of Gat Apolinario Mabini, represented the hero’s family.
The Mabini sculpture and coffee table book are through the initiatives of FAITH for the Mabini @ 150 celebration.
After the said soft launch, we were able to interview Mr. Frederick Mabini and learned how he is related to the Batangueño hero.
Having Batangueño blood in his roots, it was a delight to hear and see how Sir Frederick talks about Batangas and its people with such enthusiasm. You can watch our video interview with him in this link.
Images of the Apolinario Mabini sculpture maquette were flashed on screen during the Mabini @ 150 Soft launch at FAITH. The sculpture is by renowned artist Julie Lluch who also did the sculptures of Ninoy Aquino and Carlos P. Romulo.
Mabini Coffee Table book principal author Ramon Villegas gives an overview about the sesquicentennial book project.
Frederick Mabini, descendant of Gat Apolinario Mabini shares his thoughts to the audience.
Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno, Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines receives a simple token of appreciation from FAITH President Saturnino G. Belen. With them is FAITH Managing Director Mr. Juan Lozano (left).
FAITH officers and the authors behind the Mabini sesquicentennial coffee table book.
(L-R) Jimmy Hilario, book designer, Juan Lozano, FAITH Managing Director, Martin Tinio, author, Mila Guerrero, author, Ramon Villegas, principal author, Saturnino Belen, FAITH President, Atty. Gay Marie Francisco, FAITH Vice President and Deany Bocobo, FAITH Vice President
Photos courtesy of FAITH