WITH essays by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin and other distinguished writers and a foreword by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, Tapestry by The Manila Times columnist Rosalinda Orosa will be launched today, 3 p.m. at CCP’s Main Lobby. The guest of honor and guest speaker will be Dr. Raul Sunico.
The book was written upon the insistence of Ester Vibal of Vibal Publishing Group, who has been a family friend and who also has had a long-standing admiration for the author’s family.
Read as Nick Joaquin recounts in his incomparable style how Dr. Sixto Orosa and his wife, Dr. Severina Luna Orosa served as pioneer Christian missionary doctors among the Muslims.
Also featured are Maria Orosa, Dr. Sixto’s younger sister, who was the country’s pioneer food technologist; Sixto Jr., the oldest son, described by business writers as a banking and finance genius; Leonor Goquingco, the Orosas’ oldest daughter, regarded by Alejandro Roces as the greatest National Artist for excelling in more cultural disciplines than any other National Artist; Helen was the PRO of the Department of Health for 20 years, serving five Secretaries of Health; Jose who owned a successful “Philippine House” of native products and handicrafts; and lastly the author, Rosalinda, who is the youngest of the siblings, who is an internationally-awarded cultural essayist and performing arts critic.
After the launch, the books will be available at La Solidaridad Bookstore in Manila.