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MGT 201

Theory and Practice of Management


Student No. :

RABINO, Cristobal N.

Prof. :

B. Karganilla

2014 85130

Date :

21 Mar 2015

Historia de Tierra Pequea

(A Book Review of the Kasaysayan ng Muntinlupa by Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Camagay)
Not to know what happened
before you were born
is to remain a child.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

As for my opinion, there are only two reasons why we read history books: first, is that we
really have the passion; and second, we are required to do so. Instilling the passion to
students to read history books is a formidable undertaking for the academe. Many of the
students find it boring, and the presence of too much distraction, in the form of widespread
advancement of technology, makes it more of an obstacle to imbue the interest in reading
history books.

Inasmuch as there is a drastic decline in number of people reading books, particularly

history books, our academe is now faced with problems on how to enhance the reading
interest of todays generation. Many innovations have been introduced to increase the
attractability of reading materials to cope up with the fast-paced demands of the everchanging era. Electronic books have been widespread in the United States where
students can purchase a copy of their reference material, or in other cases, the cost of
these books have been embedded in the tuition fee that they are paying. Other platforms,
have been introduced, like the Amazon Kindle and other dedicated e-book readers to
enhance the portability of these books.

In the Philippine setting, history books are often antiquated at public libraries and are
rarely browsed by students, except in cases where research is required. In short say,
most of the Filipino students nowadays seldom revisit the annals of our history.

A strong foundation for national development lies in history-oriented and nationalistic

citizens. Love of country must be circulated in the bloodstream of the citizens because
this is where the concern for nationalistic development is deeply rooted. If you know your
history, you will appreciate your country or your native land more which in turn would
translate to development because everything that we will do will be for the advantage of
our native land.
Section 3 (2), Article 14 of the 1987 Constitution provides that, All educational institutions
shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human
rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the
country; teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values,
develop moral character and personal discipline, encourage critical and creative thinking,
broaden scientific and technical knowledge, and promote vocational efficiency.

The government, particularly the Local Government Units, is duty-bound to inculcate the
love of country to its constituents through information drive of our history. It is only when
people know the story of their hometown and native land could they become more aware
of what had happened and the chain of events that had led to the present scenario. In
that way, they will be more concerned and they will value more what they have because
they were informed what transpired during the yesteryears.

In the case of Muntinlupa City, the local government deemed it appropriate to create the
Muntinlupa Historical Commission which is responsible for the creation of a
comprehensive history book or manual about the City, which will account for its humble
beginnings to its present state. The Muntinlupa Historical Commission was created under
the virtue of City Ordinance 99-036 (An Ordinance Creating the Muntinlupa Historical
Commission, Defining Its Duties and Responsibilities, and For Other Purposes).

The Cover




stereotypes. When we speak of





Prisons always comes in mind. But

when we really examine, Muntinlupa
is not just about an incarceration
facility. It houses several National
Historical Sites. The picture depicts a
dove carrying the images of the
National Historical Sites situated in
Muntinlupa which covers a prison. It
simply means that when we speak of
Muntinlupa, we must not always bear
in mind that it houses the NBP, it has
more a lot to offer.

Comments about the Book

The book offers a comprehensive account of Muntinlupas humble beginning to its present
situation. The events are presented in a political timeline, meaning the events are
presented based on what happened each term of the Municipal and City Mayors.
Management styles of each of the past Municipal and City Mayors were also highlighted.
History of each of the nine (9) barangays were underscored on the latter part of the book.
As to the layout, the way it managed the contents of the book were not good. Some of
the pictures are irrelevant with the topic being discussed in a certain portion of the book.
Indexing is not properly done.

The book was created for the sole purpose of teaching it to Muntinlupa students, to
enlighten them to the Citys colorful history. The book was published when I was still a
grade school, and it was not taught to students like us. I can say that the book did not

serve its purpose. Moreover, only few copies of the book were available. It could have
been more effective if the City Government published more copies.

It is hereby recommended that the book should be reviewed for revision and reprinting.