IN BINONDO: ONCE UPON A WAR, the first novel of 84-year-old University of the Philippines .University Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday, November 4, 2:30 PM at the Claro Recto Conference Hall in the Faculty Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Sponsored by the University of the Philippines Office of the Diliman Chancellor, the College of Arts & Letters, the Institute of Creative Writing, the Department of English & Comparative Literature and the Manila Times Publishing Corp., the book launching program will start with opening remarks by Dean Elena Mirano and a short talk on,”Our Productive Senior Professors” by Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan. This will be followed by an introduction by U.P.President Alfredo Pascual of the Guest of Honor, His Excellency Former President Fidel V. Ramos whose deep knowledge and broad experience in the military as a General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines leads him to this afternoon’s talk on “The High Cost of World War II.”

The second part of the program will open with “The Dance of Sisa,” a puppetry Dance number by Dr. Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete to be followed by Novelist Charleson Ong on “The Writing of the Novel” and Chairman Emeritus Dante A. Ang, on “The Manila Times As Book Publisher.”  Playwright  AmeliaLapeña-Bonifacio will speak on “The First Novel: The Challenge.” and Dean Roland Tolentino, Acting Director of the Institute of Creative Writing will give the Closing Remarks.
Master of Ceremonies Dr. Lily Rose Tope, Chair of the Department of English & Comparative Literature will assist in the signing of the novel which will be available on a discounted book launch price.