Lucena City, an organic learning and resilient city

Today, I call on my Lucenahens/hins, here and overseas, to look deeper why and how Lucena gave us a good foundation as glocal citizens. Next year 2011, Lucena will be celebrating her 50th anniversary as a city and many friends are preparing for this event. My sister Dr. Carmina Villariba-Tolentino has been running a  cultural mapping research and will contribute to the publication of a cultural heritage book of Lucena with Felino Tanada. Last week,  my brother Sonny Villariba talked with Leny Papa and Ramon Talaga. They requested  a sequel of my father’s Lucena History book if my father accepts the work. Since my father is the only living octogenarian historian of Quezon, we all agreed to do the spade work as our family contribution.

This blog is an invitation to contribute. I have already two professionals who have agreed to join our team  – Dr. Edsel Sajor of Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, who will work on resilience and change; and Alex Umali,  a documentalist consultant of the Spanish Embassy ,who will work on Spanish and American influences in the education and economic life of Lucena. Both have extensive backgrounds on research and they are eager to give to Lucena what they do for other countries. So am calling for more Lucena glocal historians to contribute, either in terms of documents from the various libraries, photos from their family albums and stories of women and men who made Lucena an organic education and resilient city in Southern Tagalog.

The keywords are organic and resilient ,providing the biodiversity that life thrives on. We need to challenge its  leaders with the concept of an organic and resilient city, not linear but based on an agricultural principles of providing the conditions for its citizenry to flourish and develop a diversity of talents. A  city can survive  if keeps with the pace of learning in the 21st century.

I call on family and friends with  this quote “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” Abraham Lincoln

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