In preparation of the commemoration of the 100th year of the death of General Miguel Malvar, a nationwide essay writing contest has been launched by The Extra Mile Production. The contest carries the theme “Gen. Miguel Malvar – National Hero for Modern Times” and is open for grade school, high school, and college students. For more details visit the website malvar.net.
As I can no longer join the contest, I think it is better for me to share some information about Miguel Malvar. The book “Miguel Malvar and the Philippine Revolution: a Biography” is a good material for the student who wishes to join the contest. It is authored by Doroteo Abaya and Bernard Karganilla, and edited by Edberto Malvar Villegas (the son of Dr. Isabel Malvar Villagas, the youngest daughter of Miguel Malvar.) One has to pardon some parts that should have been edited but were unfortunately overlooked. The tone of the book is semi-polemic and aggressive. But that is understandable as it is a book about an equally aggressive and courageous general of the Philippine-American War. It must be noted however that the term ‘Philippine Revolution’ used in the title pertains to both the Revolution of 1896 and the Philippine-American War. The same description has also been made by Apolinario Mabini.
As for the contest, the deadline for the submission of entries is on August 31, 2011.