Book Launching of Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril

Philippine Expressions Bookshop

invites you to the book launching of

Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril by Benigno P. Beltran, SVD

Monday, November 26, 2012 6:00 pm

The Philippine Consulate General

 Suite 500, 3600 Wilshire  Blvd.,  Los Angeles, CA 90010

Free and Open to the public.
Limited Seating. RSVP required by Nov. 24, 2012.
Tel (310) 514-9139 or

Rev. Fr. Benigno P. Beltran, SVD has spent more than 30 years working with the “scavenger residents” living atop of the third largest untreated garbage dump in the world. He has helped to organize, house, educate and empower a community that truly embodies living on “the margins of society.” The author has lived for more than thirty years in a huge garbage dump called Smokey Mountain in the heart of the city of Manila . . . . ” It was a journey through the heart of darkness, a pilgrimage through the crucible of despair to emerge into joyful hope in the end”- Fr. Beltran.

Fr Beltran was born on June 5, 1946 in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Ordained in 1973, he received his Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1985, and was Scholar-in-Residence at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1985-1986. Author of numerous publications, he won the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award in 1988 for “The Christology of the Inarticulate.” Fr. Beltran has received many international awards for his work in community development projects in Smokey Mountain. Smokey Mountain, a vast garbage dump in Manila, Philippines, served for many years as an emblem of Third World squalor. In many ways, it is a metaphor for a planet slowly choking on garbage and to the 25,000 scavengers who survive off this reeking heap, it is also a metaphor of hope—an emblem of the will to survive, the ability to create joy and find meaning even in the midst of abject poverty.

Book details:ISBN 978-1-57075-975-8
Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril                                       by Benigno P. Beltran 2012                                                                                                               Softcover 240pp with photos Price $25.00 plus $5.00 postage

If you will be unable to attend the launching but wish to purchase an autographed copy of the book, contact Linda Nietes at 310-514-9139 or email<>

This event is part of the ongoing community outreach program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop, the mail order bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots, now on its 28th year of service to the Filipino American Community.


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