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Dr. Floro Quibuyen, a distinguished Filipino educator, will be launching the revised second edition of his book, A Nation Aborted: Rizal, American Hegemony and Philippine Nationalism (Ateneo de Manila University Press) on Saturday, August 24, 2:30-5:30pm, at The Hub Mt. Druitt.
Dr. Quibuyen, a contributing writer of emanila’s Philippine Studies, will deliver a lecture, “1887-1897: the defining moment in the formation and deformation of the Filipino nation.” His lecture will be accompanied by patriotic and revolutionary musical numbers from Sydney’s talented Filipino singers and actors.
The occasion marks the launching of Lakambini, a dynamic theatre group and writers’ collective, which will be staging an avant-garde play in 2014 portraying Philippine history and the formation of the Filipino nation from a new perspective. Lakambini’s play-in-progress is based on Quibuyen’s A Nation Aborted.
A Nation Aborted (first edition, 1999) has been rated as “one of the most provocative books on Philippine historiography” for the 1990s decade in the 10-volume Southeast Asian History Readers, published by Iwanami-shoten. Two chapters in A Nation Aborted have been translated into Japanese for an anthology on three Filipino scholars—Reynaldo C. Ileto, Vicente L. Rafael and Floro C. Quibuyen: Philippine Historiography and Colonial Discourse, edited by Yoshiko Nagano (Tokyo, Mekong Publishing Co.: 2004).
A Nation Aborted has received positive reviews from the academic world. Regarding it as “a major contribution to the intellectual biography of Rizal”, Dr. John N. Schumacher, S.J., Ateneo de Manila University’s leading historian on Rizal and the Philippine nationalist movement, writes: “this is an important book for anyone concerned with the thought of the nationalist movement leading to the Revolution of 1896, and its modification as the result of the American conquest and occupation. Correctly, to my mind, it centers its attention on Rizal and his vision of the nation, inviting “the reader to recover a lost history and visionr’(l). In doing so, it first passes under scrutiny in successive chapters (some of the best of the book) the historiography of the nationalist movement during the past halfcentury, and various historians’ understanding of Rizal’s project. Penetratingly it challenges the orthodoxy (or orthodoxies) prevailing in many of our universities and among historians, native or foreign, regarding that movement.”
Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion, one of the University of the Philippines’ foremost historians and an award-winning author, declares: “A Nation Aborted is the best book on Rizal over the past half century.”
Dr. Christine Doran of the Northern Territory University, Australia, writes: “This thoughtful, incisively argued and theoretically informed book has much to offer those interested in the nationalist movement in the Philippines, and in particular its early doyen, Jose Rizal. I recommend this book as a valuable contribution to Rizal studies. It demonstrates the creative potential inherent in the author’s diverse academic background in cultural studies, including politics, anthropology and film, video and television production.”
Floro Quibuyen has four academic degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa; B.A. in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and a Diploma in Community Services Work from the BCA National Training Group, Sydney, Australia. Upon graduation from the University of the Philippines, Quibuyen was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society. The highly competitive U.S Congress-funded East-West Center Grant enabled Quibuyen to pursue graduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a graduate student, Quibuyen recieved the Luce Research Award from the School of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Quibuyen has taught 29 undergraduate and graduate courses across the disciplines, such as philosophy, mathematical logic, debating, art appreciation, drama and cinema, filmmaking and photography, anthropology, psychology, political science, and history (at the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa), and has worked professionally in filmmaking and community television, as well as commercial TV.