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Nostalgia in the native tongue

September 08, 2019

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Jose Rizalino ‘Jerry’ Acuzar poses

with a copy of the coffee table book

Sa Mga Bahay ng Ating Gunita.

Subhead: New coffee table book, Sa Mga Bahay ng Ating Gunita, revisits the classic heritage houses in Bagac, Bataan

Books have successfully preserved facts, trivia, stories and other information. This form of preservation has successfully passed on valuable content to the next generation. A method which digital technology still can’t replace. This method is what Jose Rizlino “Jerry” Acuzar chose to immortalize—the structures, memories and historic importance embodied in the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort that he established in Bagac, Bataan.

Two days after the birth anniversary of Manuel L. Quezon, the acknowledge “father of the national language,” the coffee table book Sa Mga Bahay ng Ating Gunita (At the Houses of our Memory) was launched by Acuzar and his family at the Las Casas Quezon City.

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Acuzar toasts the launch of the coffee table book with distinguished guests that include former Vice President and ABS-CBN news anchor Noli de Castro,

former Speaker Feliciano ‘Sonny’ Belmonte Jr., former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Amando Tetangco Jr. and Monetary Board member Peter

Favila.

During the somewhat intimate gathering, Acuzar recalled his numerous trips to the European continent where he came across brochures or books about the cities, resorts and other tourist destinations. One thing all these reading matters have in common is that they are all printed in their native languages.

It is for this reason, and because it’s what his Filipino heart dictates, that he decided to publish his coffee table book in Filipino. “It’s more natural [that] we should be proud of our very own,” he pointed out.

With the help of award-winning poet Marne Kilates, Acuzar was able to come up with more than a hundred pages worth of images of nine heritage buildings and the whole Las Casas de Acuzar resort for his book.

Sa Mga Bahay ng Ating Gunita doesn’t just tell the stories of each of the casas as told by its previous owners. The pictures of the nine casas that showcase their different textures and colors provide a virtual tour and takes readers right where those fond memories were created.

“It was a different kind of work for me because of the nature of Las Casas being a vacation destination,” Kilates said. “Everytime we go there to work on the book, it’s more like a vacation.”

Gracing the coffee table book launch was former Quezon City Mayor and Congressman Sonny Belmonte, former Vice-President and ABS-CBN news anchor Noli De Castro, and former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor and monetary board member Amado Tetangco Jr. and Peter Favila respectively.

Jam Acuzar, Jerry’s daughter and founder of Bellas Artes Project Foundation joined the celebration of the book launch to give recognition to the men and women working at the Las Casas de Acuzar resort. She paid tribute to the artisans and craftsmen who were instrumental in fabricating the many pieces, both plain and intricate, found in the heritage buildings.

“Las Casas de Acuzar doesn’t just give us a glimpse of how we used to lived in the past. It also gives us information about the families and personalities that once lived in those buildings,” she said.

Indeed, Sa Mga Bahay ng Ating Gunita gives readers the pleasure of diving into the spaces of the heritage buildings in the resort. At the same time, it poses a challenge to the young generation to relish the nostalgia in their own native Filipino language.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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