About the book:
My Moments of War to Remember By was written during and after the last war by the author who details all the goings-on not just inside the Cebu City headquarters of the Kempeitai but also of the war as it happened in Cebu. Mincing no words, he exposes and names many of the collaborators who would later be brought to the People’s Court after the war. He also provides important details about his fellow-inmates who, like him, suffered daily torments. Abellana completed the manuscript for this book way back in 1946, even doing the illustration on the cover. For some reason, it was never published until now. There is no doubt that this book is a very welcome addition to the mere handful of published works in Cebu on World War II.
Publisher: University of San Carlos Press
Publication Date: 2011
Size: 150 x 230mm
About the author:
Jovito Abellana was a kind of a Renaissance man in Cebu. He was trained as a bookkeeper and worked as a coalmine supervisor but was also an accomplished writer and sculptor. At one time he was a Cebu City councilor and a deputy governor of the province of Zamboanga del Sur. Born on 15 February 1907 in Mambaling, Cebu, he sadly did not live to see this book published, having passed away in 2005.
During the war, his cousin Gov. Hilario Abellana helped him evade Japanese sentries when he was appointed inspector of mines in Cebu province. This allowed him to do guerrilla intelligence work while pretending to supervise coal mines all over the province. He was eventually arrested, however, and brought to the Kempeitai headquarters in Cebu City and tortured in 1944. His harrowing experience as well as his eyewitness accounts during this dark period in the history of Cebu is the subject of this book.