By: Bennie A. Recebido
Entitled “We Are In The Same Boat: Recollections, Impressions, Admonitions,” the book contains essays, speeches, and feature articles many of which were published in Sorsogon Today, a local weekly newspaper.
Said book to be launched is authored by Dr. Higino A. Ables, Jr., PhD in Education and Communication which he obtained from Michigan State University, USA.
Dr. Ables explains why he chose to use the title “We Are In The Same Boat.”
He says in the book that wherever we may live and whatever beliefs we may hold, we have common needs, goals and problems.
This commonness of our concerns should “compel us all to learn from and live in peace with each other, for we are in the same boat.”
This volume of selected writings of Dr. Ables has four parts:
Part One – Where We Live, is all about Sorsogon: the small town Dr. Ables remembers as a boy, the city now beset with its problems of traffic and sanitation, among others; and a scenario of the city and the province.
Part Two – How We Live, defines social responsibility of citizens, self-fulfillment, and gives amusing anecdotes about forgetfulness.
Part Three – has some recommendations on how to rationalize higher education further, the Sorsogon Community College, and how to strengthen universities and colleges in the country.
Based on his lengthy experience in University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), he gives practical advice to administrators, teachers and students.
The last part, Part Four – is a brief autobiography of Dr. Ables. It traces his ancestry, his early life in Sorsogon where he attended public schools before enrolling in UPLB on a 4-H Club scholarship.
Perhaps, recognizing his potentials, UPLB held on to him after he graduated from college, sent him on scholarship abroad, and employed him until he retired as professor. He now resides in Bitan-o, Sorsogon City.
Former Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Sorsogon Information Center Manager Irma A. Guhit will emcee the program on December 4 at the Provincial Museum.
Mr. Jesse Dioneda, a tenor, will entertain the audience with a vocal rendition. Ex-Mayor Fernando Duran, Jr. will introduce the author.
Edited by Ferdie M. Aragon, the book includes color photographs, has 154 pages, and will be sold at the Museum after the book-launching. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)