Where were you on July 16, 1990? We need your stories. Deadline extended to May 15.

    The project aims primarily to complete the manuscript for a book on the Baguio experience of the July 1990 earthquake, titled “Histories in Memories: Remembering the July 16, 1990 Earthquake.” This project, which is a recipient of a grant from the National Book Development Board (NBDB) for the category local history, is authored/supervised by Anna Christie V. Torres, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication, University of the Philippines Baguio. 

    This project takes off from an initial pool of selected prose narratives from the literary corpus of an exhibit dubbed  “Gathering Stories & Weaving Memories: 20 Years After the July 16 Earthquake” by the Ubbog Cordillera Young Writers which was mounted at the Bell House in Camp John Hay on July 16, 2010. The commemorative exhibit which featured art installations of personal accounts in poetic and prose forms by Baguio locals and non-local survivors alike, was aimed at “collecting strength, celebrating survival and creating/recreating solidarities” with regard to the 1990 Luzon earthquake that hit Baguio City the hardest.
The book, which is basically an anthology of “mini-histories,” comprises (a) a collection of narratives from various contributors who experienced the 1990 Baguio earthquake first hand and (b) a critical essay that articulates the individual memories as collective experience and thus as history of the community which will be written by the main author. The project  generally aims to produce a book manuscript that serves both as repository of historical narratives regarding the Baguio experience of the July 1990 earthquake, and an “alternative” history of Baguio. As history, the book project aims (1) to contribute to the body of local history of Baguio City at a particular point in time (1990), and (2) to draw attention to valuable lessons in disaster awareness and reduction as gleaned from these mini histories. As a book per se, its three main components (the collection, the key critical essay, and the book design and layout) shall be subject to the discretion of the book author. 

The target completion of the compilation of contributions is June 2014. The book manuscript is intended for completion in December 2014 and for publication shortly thereafter.

This project not only identifies the importance of writing local history to a community, but more importantly recognizes the role and active participation of individual citizens in the writing of history. 
The project committee is now accepting contributions for possible inclusion in the book project “Histories in Memories: Remembering the July 16, 1990 Earthquake.” 

  • Contributions must be personal first-hand accounts of the July 1990 earthquake in Baguio City and its neighboring areas (i.e. La Trinidad, and Tuba, Benguet).  
  • The written accounts must be in nonfiction prose, and may take the form either of a short narrative or a short essay (i.e. various formats of creative nonfiction: real-life story, memoir, reflection, epistolary, sketch, mini biography, mini autobiography). 
  • Entries may be written in English, Filipino, or Ilokano. 
  • More than one entry may be submitted by a contributor.
  • Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word document file format sent through email to the address baguio1990earthquake@gmail.com.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a separately attached Microsoft Word document file of the bio data of the author.

Entries are subject to screening and editing by the book author. Authors whose contributions will be selected for inclusion in the book will receive a modest honorarium. The rights of authorship of the contributions remain with  the individual authors.  The rights pertaining to the book as a whole shall be reserved to the main author.