The exploration and evangelization of this island involved courage, perseverance, and ingenuity on the part of missionaries and explorers. While some of the essays in this book afford a glimpse at the endeavor, they deal with only a small part of the great enterprise. The essays, each a product of reflection and historical research, deal in turn with the controversy about the site of the first Mass; beginnings of evangelization; construction of the first church; the exploration of the largest river system of the island; the early attempts to climb the highest mountain; and Rizal’s four-year stay in Dapitan.
Published in 2004. Runner-up, 2006 Gintong Aklat Awards, for Social Science.