By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — On Friday, May 22, the Cebu-based University of San Carlos Press will hold the last leg of its US launching tour of the coffee table book Pagsulay (Trials) at the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue at 6 o’clock in the evening.
With the support of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, the book “Pagsulay: Churches of Bohol Before and After the Earthquake of 2013” comes full circle in raising awareness and much-needed funds for the churches that are not part of the Philippine government-assisted heritage restoration program.
The author, Dr. Jose Eleazar R. Bersales, head of USC Press, will be in the book launch and will sign copies of the book which costs $75. Bersales is also an author of a number of heritage coffee table books, including “Salapi: The Numismatic Heritage of the Philippines (BPI Foundation, 2013).
Pagsulay is a 240-page coffee table book that provides both historical textual background and photographs of 32 churches that were impacted in different degrees by the 7.2 Magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu on October 15, 2013.
Fr. Generoso B. Rebayla, Jr., SVD, vice-president for finance, did the photography for the book, together with Estan Cabigas. Both have coffee table books to their name including “Balaanong Bahandi: Sacred Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu (published in 2010), among others.
USC President Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD will grace the event. Prior to the New York launch, Bersales, Rebayla, and Miranda toured in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Chicago.
Ms. Chelsi Mae Burgos, a promising singer in New York, will provide mood music during the event.
OSM! online magazine publisher Marivir Montebon will host the program. She and Payag Restaurant CEO Rena Avendula, both USC alumnae, are putting together the event for New York.
On Saturday, May 23, Pagsulay will be re-launched in Payag Restaurant on 52nd Street in Woodside, Queens at 6:30PM.
(The feature photo is Dr. Jose Eleazar Bersales (left) with Fr. Dionisio Miranda presenting Pagsulay to San Francisco Consul-General Henry Bersunto Jr.)