Percy: Ed, if you need a publisher in the US that'll be me. Your cost will be zero. Your books will be available on amazon.com and you're paid royalty. Ed: Hey, fantastic! What’s you'r email address? Mine's firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you accept book manuscripts only in English, or also in Tagalog/Filipino? And what genres?
Percy: Ed Tagalog/Filipino is okay. Novel, short story, essay, historical, biographical, scientific, anything. I’ll send you more information.
Ed: Ok, will wait for it, Percy, salamat. I had no idea tatay mo pala ang dakilang manunulat na si Alberto Segismundo Cruz.
From Efren Abueg
Facebook Message Nov 17, 2020
Percy: Efren, asking permission to include your story, Saranggola, and the English translation in a book of short stories.
Efren: O, Percival, kumusta ka na? Ten years pa ako na ahead sa iyo sa Arellano High School. Pasyal ka sa bahay kung uuwi ka. Active pa rin ako sa Liwayway. Nagbukas uli, online lang. Wow! Great si Mr. Segismundo. Research ko pa siya. Okey lang i-publish mo short stories ko pero mas magaling baka makakita ka ng Filipino publisher na nagpapaublish ng English-Filipino. Some of my stories are already in English. Published ako sa Russian, Ukrainian, at Chinese. Thank you for setting-up with me. Hear soon from you.
From Nelson Navarro
October 24 Movement and FQS Re: Launching of Smile Pilipinas February 6, 2015
Nelson Navarro's posting on Facebook and comments: Nelson Navarro: This subject is dear to my heart. My late dad was the best dentist our neck of the woods ;my brother was number one dental board topnotcher many years ago. I am disturbed by statistics that suggest 83 of 100 million Filipinos suffer tooth decade, and seven of 10 have not even been to a dentist. This partly explains why our country is known as the Toothless Capital of the World. I remember watching Wowowee of Willie Revillame not too long ago: too many of the women beaming widely were toothless! They were not necessarily old, many just in their 30s or 40s, but from working class or humble backgrounds. Some say this is the result of poor nutrition, bad water and even poorer dental practices. More attention is paid in providing cheap dentures to potential voters and too little on alleviating poverty itself and providing adequate health care.
Percival HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/percivalcampoamor.cruz?fref=ufi"CampoamorHYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/percivalcampoamor.cruz?fref=ufi" Cruz: Nelson. There's the Philippines on one hand and there are countries around the world on the other hand that have effective and successful public and social services. All we have to do is copy their ways and programs that work. Filipinos insist on doing their own thing and reinventing the wheel. The excuse is economics (we can't afford this and that). Do you agree that the Philippines is a rich country made poor by corruption and mismanagement? Once the people get jobs instead of dole outs, once the largesse from taxes go to public and social services instead of the pockets of dynastic leaders, once a sane and affordable health and dental coverage program is put in place, we will see less and less toothless Filipinos. Toothlessness is shameful but not life threatening. How about the people stricken with cancer or kidney disease? A positive diagnosis becomes a death sentence. People in RP can't afford medical and health care. That should not be the case.
Nelson Navarro: My good friend Percival of pleasant Sanduguang Kayumanggi days, I am in violent agreement with you. Toothlessness is just the tip of the horrendous health care problems of the masses. It doesn't cause unbearable pain and kill like cancer and other deadly disease, but all these can never be addressed by a hopelessly corrupt system that creates mass poverty itself and puts the people at the mercy of the heartless elite and its conniving retinue of politicians and bureaucrats. Nothing much has changed and indeed worsened since our FQS generation tried to storm heaven. We just have to keep plugging for change and believe the people's cause will triumph someday.
Nelson Navarro: Percy, how can I forget the Supremo of SK that was being born in UP roughly in 1964? We were Phil History classmates in Prof. Romy Cruz's class. So was Malaya Ronas and, I think, your beloved Lilian and Dado Santos, the math wizard. You really pushed nme back to memory lane. Thanks. I've long been aware you're just there in sunny California and one day we will meet again.
Percival Campoamor Cruz: Because you're the historian of the FQS and earlier student activist events, let me share, one of the first arrests of student demonstrators I got involved. It was a rally against RP 's sending troops to Vietnam. If I remember correctly US president Lyndon Johnson was in town. In front of the US Embassy, one overzealous Manila police sergeant, one named Rodriguez, roughed up the students and then hauled off 7 of them in a police jeep and took them to the precinct that was then on UN Avenue. Of the other six I can only remember the poet Perfecto Tera, Jr. and Ed Tabu, one of Ben Muego's debating students. The headline of Manila Times was about 7 UP Students Arrested in Demo and UP President Romulo Came to the Precinct to Free the Students. The arrogant Rodriguez refused to release the students. Irked, Romulo told the sergeant: Do you know who I am? I remember Jun (Perfecto) Tera receiving baton blows on his ribs. He was so thin I thought his body would shatter.
Nelson Navarro: great accounts. the late voltaire n jojo binay gave me theirs. jun terra lives in london n we are in touch thru mutual friends. that camd to be known as oct 24th movement, precusor of FQS four years later. during FQS voltaire and i would go to precinto 7 to get arrested activists released.the precinct commander was bobby barbers our alpha phi beta brod, later senator, who winked n let go the students silently. just dont talk about it, he would say. it worked the few times we went. after that the lines were too drawn.