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HAU to honor quake victims with new book

Holy Angel University will launch the book "Our Common Fault: Stories of Loss and Survival in the July 16, 1990 Earthquake" on June 14, eve of the 25th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

The book, which is a collection of personal stories by survivors of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Central and Northern Luzon in 1990, will be a memorial to the all those affected by the calamity, especially those who lost their lives, according to the book's author, Lia T. Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, a researcher of the University's Center for Kapampangan Studies, travelled to Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Benguet, La Union and other provinces where the Philippine Fault runs through, to interview quake victims.

The book's launching coincides with the opening of the University's Pinatubo Museum.

"The 1990 earthquake and the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo were the one-two punch that nearly knocked us out," Robby Tantingco, Director of the Center for Kapampangan Studies, said. "The book honors the victims and survivors of those twin calamities."

The nation marked the 25th anniversary of the July 16 earthquake last year.

Five years ago, the University published Tantingco's "Pinatubo: The Volcano in our Backyard" which won the National Book Award (Science category).

It was the 1990 earthquake that caused a series of geological events that led to the eruption the following year.

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Date Posted: 06-08-2016