Just a little pause here from my usual fiction and books-about-books diet of late: Liberal Chronicles: 60 Years of the Liberal Party 1946-2006, edited by Jonathan E. Malaya and Florencio B. Abad. Yes, it’s for work. And dude, my head exploded. Charting the history—rather colorful, mind you—of the political party, its ideals, its figures, the movements it inspired, the democratic virtues it upheld. Wasak, pramis. Also, Manuel A. Roxas, founder of the Liberal Party and the first President of the Republic of the Philippines, is now one of my favorite people.
In an address of the 1947 Convention of the Liberal Party, the snazzy and eloquent One of My Favorite People said, “Politics is the art of government. It is the art of getting things done by effective leadership of the people and by effective appeal to the people to follow responsible leadership. That is the right kind of politics. It is also right that there be an honest, above-board, and straight-forward political organization which maintains its integrity by being at all times responsive and responsible to the popular will. Such a political organization maintains its inner strength by organic unity. It maintains its power by carrying out the wishes of the people.”
He also says, elsewhere, “The allegiance of our people must be first of all to principles, and second, to the men who personify those principles, who lead the fight for those principles.”
Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Tulad nga ng sinigaw ni Cesar Montano dun sa biopic niya kay Rizal, “Libertad!”
Okay. Back to regular programming.
* Title taken from the Address of the President at the 1947 Liberal Party Convention, President Manuel A. Roxas.