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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:00

Ateneo de Zamboanga University through its Ateneo Center for Leadership and Governance (ACLG) and School of Liberal Arts (SLA) in cooperation with the Office of Cong. Beng Climaco-Salazar launched the 5th book, “The Activist,” of renown and respected Zamboangueño novelist Antonio “Tony” Enriquez last March 10 at the university’s Carlos Dominquez Hall.

The fictional book got its inspiration from the life story of the late Zamboangueño famous City Mayor Cesar C. Climaco. It makes not only proud of being a Zamboangueño but also teaches the value dimension of dignity and integrity.


The Historic Novel. The Activist transport us to the Philippine Capital City of Zamboanga in the grip of a military dictatorship and association, where protagonist Lorenzo Diaz, Jr., a rising socialist, dares to challenge the despot Ferdinand Marcos. In search of truth and freedom, he was inspired several times in notorious military stockades-unsure if the sun would shine on his face or on his abandoned corpse in the” killing field” the next day .

As we follow Lorenzo struggle against the dictator Marcos, we too discover a nation in terror. As a historical novel its peculiar gift is that it doesn’t read like one but as a suspenseful mystery novel, keeping us well-entertained, our eyeballs glued to its pages, but, unlike a detective novel, it unscrambles for us the oppression and horror of martial law.

The Author. Enriquez completed his elementary and highs chool level at ADZU. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Major in Creative Writing at Siliman University. He wrote over 50 short stories published as collection (UQP, Australia, New Daye Publisher and Giraffe Books Philippines) and anthologies, five published novels here and abroad (UQP Australia, Philippines: New Day Publisher and Giraffe Book, Up Press and UST Publishing House; anthologies, translation stories in Korean and German) and a historical novel The Survivors for publication next year.

He received various award including the most prestigious literally prize for his novel. These awards are 2 Don Carlos Palanca Grand Award for Short Story, 2 Don Carlos Palanca Award for Novel, and the UMPHIL 1995 Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Award for fiction (Goethe Institute). In 2000, he was awarded by Princess Bajrakitiyabba of Thailand in a gala ceremony in Bangkok, the South East Asia Write Award 2000, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland, 2002), UP National Fellow Lifetime Award in Literature, and many other award and citation for his literacy works.

Aside from writing he also served as an English instructor, clerk, columnist, radio host, government information assistant regional director, and officer-in-charge, geodetic surveying group head, and writers workshop director. He is now based in Cagayan de Oro City.

The book is available at ADZU’s ACLG Office at a reasonable price.


Achievement. "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval." (John 6:27)

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