Shadows on the Land: An Economic Geography of the Philippines

Shadows on the Land: An Economic Geography of the Philippines

Shadows on the Land: An Economic Geography of the Philippines

Shadows on the Land: An Economic Geography of the Philippines

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The completion of this book is a memorable event in scholarship. It deserves some special comment which the public may find interesting. It represents highly significant and rewarding developments which I feel very fortunate in understanding and sharing with Dr.Robert E. Huke, whose work on this book helps to advance greatly our knowledge of Philippine geography and simultaneouly demonstrates some of the best motivations and principles in the lives of scholars and of institutions devoted to scholarship and public education.

Eight years ago, I welcomed Dr.Huke on his first appointment to the University of the Philippines as a Fulbright lecturer, bringing with him a great enthusiasm generated by his doctoral field research on Southeast Asia, particularly in Burma. This enthusiasm brightened the seriousness about scholarship which he had gained from his professional training and his teaching experience at Dartmouth College. We needed and used his help to open the eyes of students, educational officials, and government and business leaders to the essential and incalculable, but then neglected, value to our country of the advanced study of geography. The joint efforts of the University of the Philippines and the United States Educational Foundation in the Philippines have achieved substantial success in 'developing this field of study--witness the emergence of young Filipino specialists with their Master's degrees, one with his Doctor's degree--Dr. Telesforo Luna, Jr.--in the University faculty, and the local publication of more extensive professional literature on Philippine geography.

Dr.Huke has thus experienced the profound satisfaction of bringing to life a long cherished and at first, an elusive, dream. Many people are aware of his manifold problems, hardships, and troubles in the course of his work. We also know he has felt many joys. Through it all he kept faith not only . . .

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