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Reading Emil Jurado’s book is viewing vignettes of WWII and postwar Philippines, brief but annotated and spiked with asides about culture, events, and people, plus standard ‘Juradoisms’. In many ways, it is pre- and post-WWII Philippine history in a nutshell, as viewed through the eyes of someone who has not only watched history go by, but has actually participated in its making, through expositions that have influenced the actions of decision-makers.
The book refreshes memories of World War II and close family ties, Jurado’s lengthy courtship of his wife, his long career as a journalist, and rubbing elbows with the country’s political, business, and other greats and near-greats he has met, in his many decades of writing about events that matter to us Filipinos.
Confucius once said that, within one’s lifetime, one should plant a tree, sire a son, and write a book. The author has done all three, but even if he had not completed these three requirements, his life would still be considered extraordinary, serving God, country, and family very well.
This autobiography is about an admirable Filipino who is humble with his achievements but fiercely dedicated to press freedom and the search for truth. 'My gulay,' what more can a man ask for?
-- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines, 2001-2010; Representative, 2nd District of Pampanga, Philippines
An interesting and inspiring memoir of a journalist who [has] walked the corridors of power, having known nation-builders and heroes.
-- Dante Arevalo Ang, chairman emeritus, Manila Times; presidential envoy, International Public Relations
A compelling book, full of interest from cover to cover… Go, read, read!!!
-- Fidel Valdez Ramos, former president, Republic of the Philippines
I am amazed how Emil, now 90, [can] recollect people and events… very interesting!
-- Joseph ‘Erap’ Ejercito Estrada, former president, Republic of the Philippines; Mayor, City of Manila
Candid. Insightful. Intimate. A delightful narrative [and] rich tapestry of Philippine society and politics, interlaced with accounts of the author’s life and times.
-- Rollie Estabillo, president, Samahang Plaridel (Association of Philippine Journalists)
One of the best I’ve read. Emil knows whereof he writes, having… brushed shoulders with the greats and icons of business and politics. I recommend it.
-- Juan Ponce Enrile, former Senate president
An honest portrayal of a journalist for almost seven decades… someone who has not only seen but been part of Philippine history in the making.
-- Felipe L. Gozon, chairman and CEO, GMA Network, Inc.
One of the best memoirs I have gone through, so much so that I could not put it down.
-- Jose Manuel ‘Babe’ G. Romualdez, Philippine ambassador to the US
When I was… general manager of the international airport… Emil took me to task for ‘doing little or nothing’ about the seemingly disorganized way that passengers and well-wishers were crowding around the airport premises. ‘Sir, give your former student some leeway,’ I said. He replied with a smile, ‘I’m still being strict with you!’… Santa Banana, Emil turned from a mentor to a really good friend whom I highly respect and admire.
-- Reli L. German, chairman, Agents International Inc., Public Relations Company
Emil breaks out of the pack of memoir writers and gives us real-life narratives, with excellent… storytelling. As [he] narrates his storied life, particularly his seventeen libel suits and close association with the country’s top politicians and business tycoons… we become amazed and awesomely entertained. It is a memoir like no other.
-- Charlie A. Agatep, chairman & CEO, Grupo Agatep
[Chronicling] his nearly half a century in Philippine journalism, Periodista: the Road Never Ends is the pinnacle of Emil’s career, [covering] Philippine presidents from Carlos P. Garcia to Rodrigo Duterte, writing his insights on Malacañan Palace and passing them on to readers of his column. Emil Jurado belongs to the pantheon of Philippine journalism… with legends such as the late Doroy Valencia and Joe Guevara.
-- Ambassador Alejandro Del Rosario, columnist, Manila Standard
A pleasant and a poignant journey through time, when… government rendered real service, money was… earned through hard and honest work, and people… adhered to time-honored values, the true, the good, and the beautiful. Of course, journalists were journalists because they pounded their beats [and] checked their facts.
-- Tony Lopez, editor and CEO, BizNews Asia
In the days when newspapers were the sanctifying medium, when nothing happened, in fact, until they said so… Emil carried a good share of that responsibility, and carried it long and seriously, [such] that anything he sets down is instructive and of interest, to both the practitioner of his profession and the general public. And this memoir is it!
-- Vergel O. Santos, journalist, editor, and author
A first-hand, insightful, exciting journey through political, social, and economic changes in the Philippines… better than any book on history and journalism.
-- M. Val A. Villanueva, president & CEO, Smart Moves Consulting, Inc.