Abrera, Maria Bernadette L. and Santillan, Neil Martial R. (eds.). 2022. Identity and Independence: Filipino Women in Times of War and Peace. Quezon City: Department of National Defense, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office.
This publication highlights the lives of women across three periods of our history when the country was faced with foreign colonizers, the Spanish, American and Japanese periods. The Spanish colonial period being the longest, the context of the heroic action needed to be carefully laid out to show how the actions of the women gave tremendous service to other Filipinos. The struggle for identity and independence continued into the American period thus showing how women continued to blaze new trails for themselves and for other Filipinos in various fields. The selection of women featured here on the brief Japanese occupation highlighted primarily their role in the country’s return to freedom.