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Children of the Sun-Subic Bay: How volunteers saved Subic Bay from Mount Pinatubo eruption, transformed the former Navy Base Paperback – July 1, 2009
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The author wraps this historical account of events around one central figure, (now Senator) Richard Gordon, primarily in his role as Mayor of the city of Olongapo. This was a wise approach, because he truly is and was the leader in Olongapo's ability to weather the political turmoil, movement to full sovereignty, the assasination of his father, the disaster of Mt. Pinatubo, the departure of U.S. Forces, the relative neglect/inability of the national government to assist the city (much less the Province of Zambales) during disaster recovery operations, and the eventual movement of Subic Bay to an international hub for commerce.
The book is high-drama in many areas -- and the best part of this, is that it was all true. The stakes were high when U.S. Forces left Olongapo behind -- there was literally NOTHING left in the way of income/commerce - the former base was now an empty shell-- all that existed was a plan by the mayor to hold the former Naval Base through the protection and custody provided by Olongapenos, with the promise/commitment that "help was on the way"...I find this part of the book perhaps the most fascinating, because it showed how Richard Gordon, as a big-city mayor, had to literally resort to the personal, private leadership that is usually more associated with a Barangay Captain -- or in the military -- small unit leadership -- to effect profound change at a strategic level..Read more ›
This book is an important contribution - documenting an important event in history, but please buy and read it more as a folk history rather than as a scholarly book.