Cebu-born author to launch book on Philippine history on Feb. 17

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National Book Store is inviting bookworms and history buffs to the book launch and signing of “An Illustrated History of the Philippines” by Jose Raymund Canoy. The event will be on February 16, 2019 at National Book Store Glorietta 1 and on February 17, 2019 at National Book Store SM City Cebu. Both events start at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Canoy’s book presents the Filipinos’ experience as a national community shaped by influences from several world civilizations, just like the rest of Southeast Asia. However, the country has absorbed more lasting and deeper influences from the West creating one of the most globalized cultures in the world.

With chapters on the pre-Hispanic, Spanish, Revolutionary, American, post-Second World War, Marcos, and post-Marcos eras, this book presents the country’s story in its many forms over time, set alongside the story of its resilient people who had to make their shared history on terms not always defined by themselves.

Born in Cebu, Canoy now lives in Europe. He writes on world history, has a PhD from Indiana University, and was Associate Professor of European History at the University of Oklahoma until 2013. He is currently working on a study of Ireland and the Philippines as agrarian Catholic ex-colonies of imperial Western powers, as well as a novel of Sundaland, a dry-land, alternate-world Southeast Asia where the Ice Age never ended.

Meet book author Canoy and have your copy of “An Illustrated History of the Philippines” signed by him on Feb. 17, 4 p.m. at National Book Store-SM City Cebu.

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