Perfect Xmas Gift for a Pageant Fan: A Book on Maita Gomez!
Looking for a meaningful gift for your best friend who’s just crazy about beauty queens?
Well your search ends here with
the recently-published book on Maita Gomez titled “Maita: Remembering Ka Dolor!
Maita is our Miss Philippines 1967 and candidate to the Miss World that year. The book, which is filled with photos of Maita, brings you deeper into the life of one of the Philippines’ most radical and politically active beauty queens.
Did you know that she left her life of lace and lipstick to join the underground movement? She lived in the mountains for awhile and was known as ‘Ka Dolor,’ a freedom fighter.
Btw, “Maita: Remembering Ka Dolor” is ONLY P280 (a steal if you ask me) but is worth far more if you look at the beautifully thick matte pages that tell Maita’s colorful life story. It deserves a spot on the coffee table (and hearts) of all Filipinos who love their beauty queens and their country.
“Maita: Remembering Ka Dolor” is extra special to this blog author because one of the articles in it is a reprint of a tribute I wrote after Maita’s unexpected passing. I took it upon myself to translate into English, a Tagalog article on Maita written by Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo. Dr. Judy liked it (thank God!) She happens to be one of the editors of the book along with Elisa Tita P. Lubi. This is my FIRST time to ever be published in a book, what an honor!!
Now for those of you who want this book NOW, here is where you can get it. Copies are for sale at the ff:
– Popular Bookstore, T. Morato Extension near corner Timog Avenue.
– Mt. Cloud Bookstore in Baguio City (people there know where it is)
– Tanggol Bayi office, #1 Maaralin St. corner Matatag St., (near Philippine Heart Center and Sulu Hotel) (guard – 4345983)
The book features writings and poetry on Maita Gomez by Thelma Sison San Juan, Ricky Lo, Norma Japitana, Dr. Carol Araullo, Behn Cervantes, Ellen Tordesillas, Rina Jimenez-David, Dr. Judy Taguiwalo, Joi Barrios, Pia Montalban, Michael Beltran, Bonifacio Ilagan, Jomari Sison and even Maita herself.
One of the book’s editors says:
Happy reading during the holidays! The book will be recommended reading ,too, for other beauty queens because it gives a different and remarkable perspective in life. And shows how varied are the facets of the personalities of the beauty queens, with Maita and Nelia Sancho standing out as they courageously fought a repressive dictatorship and struggled for positive change in our society.