If one is to have a more perceptive, a more complete, and therefore, a much more genuine love of the Philippine nation, historian Marcelino A. Foronda Jr. noted,it is inescapable that he should first of all love his own town, province, or region. One complements the other.
“At the Birth of a City” is a modest account of the public deeds and private joys and tribulations of Angel S. Malaya, the first and long-time City Prosecutor of Iriga in the Bicol region and the city’s chief legal officer during its formative years.
The book launch will be held at the Iriga Convention Center, on September 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m. Hon. Ronald Felix y Alfelor, City Mayor and Former Mayor Madel Alfelor Gazmen, of Iriga City, Rotarians, other city and DepEd officials are among the guests to grace the occasion. There will be a short program.
Together with other pioneer officials, Prosecutor (later RTC Judge) Malaya nurtured the peace, tranquility, and development of the city and its people, and he did so with vision, devotion, and compassion. He worked tirelessly to build up the community, notably the codification of the city ordinances, the first-ever comprehensive street-naming and house-numbering project, and the adoption of the hymn ‘Iriga sa Sumagang’ under the auspices of the Iriga Rotary Club. Ever supportive of his public schools endeavor, teacher-wife Zony, who later became Schools Division Superintendent, he assisted in the city’s various schools.
Countless promising young men and women leave the countryside each year for higher studies in Manila and never come back. Angel went home to and stayed put in his beloved Iriga and Camarines Sur province, and having doing so, left a remarkable imprint as one of its foremost sons.
The book is co-published by Angel S. Malaya Foundation and Media Touchstone Ventures Inc. headed by Melandrew T. Velasco, veteran author and family biographer of former President Fidel V. Ramos, well supported by his creative and editorial team.
The book is dedicated to the government employees, teachers, Rotarians, barangay leaders, and all those who toil anonymously in the country to help build a progressive Philippines, and most especially to the good people of Iriga City and Camarines Sur province.