Ninotchka Rosca and Jose Maria
Sison’s new book captures Europe
Already heralded in the Philippines, North America, and in Southeast Asia, the new and controversial book by two controversial figures, Ninotchka Rosca and Jose Maria Sison, aptly titled “Jose Maria Sison: At home in the world, Portrait of a Revolutionary” finally hit European cities.
From November to December 2004, audiences in the Netherlands and Belgium
were treated to a series of book reading and signing events featuring
both authors in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Brussels.
Understanding this rare opportunity, audiences in Europe took the occasion
to meet and interact with the two outspoken and avant-garde authors.
In a soiree in Amsterdam titled “Private Conversations with Ninotchka Rosca and Jose Maria Sison”, members of the Filipino community had the opportunity to interact more intimately with Rosca and Sison. The community asked about the process of writing the book and their insights on other issues ranging from their days as youth activists to their thoughts on the state of the Filipino struggle for national independence and democracy.
In Utrecht, a local bookstore hosted the two authors for a book reading and signing event.
To end the tour, on International Human Rights Day in Brussels, Rosca
spoke directly to the need to speak out about the intensifying human rights
violations committed in the Philippines by the current President Macapagal-Arroyo.
She expressed her outrage at the violations being committed against women
and pointed to the cases of 11 women activists and campaigners of Gabriela
Women’s Party List who were brutally killed. The evening also questioned
Sison’s “terrorist” listing and called on people to actively oppose his
listing as such a listing does not only attack Sison’s democratic rights,
but also attacks the democratic rights of all Europeans who choose to
struggle for social justice.