Booklaunching and Bonifacio Day Celebration

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles
in cooperation with
Philippine Heritage Institute
Philippine Expressions Bookshop

Welcome you to the
149th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Andres Bonifacio,
Father of the Philippine Revolution

and the

Book Launching of

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

Rizal Hall
Philippine Consulate General, Los Angeles
Suite 500, 3600 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Monday, 26 November 2012, 6:00 P.M.

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

The celebration at the Philippine Consulate on this date is actually two-fold. First, it will celebrate the 149th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio which falls this year on Friday, November 30. The date has been declared as a National Holiday in the Philippines and the Philippines Consulate General in Los Angeles will be closed on November 30th.

Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (30 November 1863 – 10 May 1897) was a Filipino nationalist, revolutionary and lawyer. He is often called “the great plebeian,” “father of the Philippine Revolution,” and “father of the Katipunan.” He was a founder and later Supremo (“supreme leader”) of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and which started the Philippine Revolution.

The booklaunching is the second event. 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. Visit our blog Literally Yours at:


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