The book of History from the People is a way of letting the reader knows more about the local history, that’s why they held up seminar-workshops for sixteen regions. The aim of their seminar-series has led to the discovery of impressive talents and potentials from the various localities of the Philippines. It also seeks to highlight the contributions of the regional and local sectors to the progressive development of national history. It had its story about the past of Negros Occidental, they have their own belief that the origin name of Region VI s the Visayan Region may have originated from the 8th century. Much has been said and written about the island of Negros as an island of the profligate and ostentatious rich who used to flaunt their diamonds even at daytime-an island of malnourished children and miserable squatters and the island of bitter-sweet sugar. For the moment, suffice it to say that Negrenses for the past 00 years have proven resilient in coming out from the ashes of many crises. Way back from the time of World War II Negros was also involved but because of their multifaceted efforts and experiences of Negros under the leadership of the Negros Resistance Movement they were able to survived from difficulties during the inhumanity of Japanese occupation and many more. Their major source of inspiration which kept alive the Negrense hopes for freedom were the secret American submarine landings in Southern Negros, the growing number of US airplanes attacking in 1944 and the freedom songs in the mountains which sustained the flagging spirits of Negrenses.

This topic will help us understand more about the past so that we will be able to relate it to the present for a better future to us all and help us realize that the stories being told by these people coming from different regions make up the sum total of Filipino History. Learning from this book tells me that the focus must not always be on the Manila-centric perspective for it always build gaps and omissions with regard to local history so as a citizen living in a local region I should have first the knowledge about the history in my area. It is also a way of appreciating our ancestors and how they told about the uniqueness of our local history and its culture. This is important to understand for us to be able to teach and remind our fellow Filipinos of our ancient heritage for and also to preserve the legacy of our national heritage for it is a paramount of where we came from and also give us our true identity as a Filipinos. I would also say that it is helpful in a way that we already have the insights about the history in our local region so we are able to share about some of its history for the future generation and also a way of showing that we also care not only in our national history but also on our own local history.

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