If there is one book about Philippine history that has changed my life, it is this book – The History of the Burgis. I have read it several times when I was only 8 years old, thus nurturing a natural curiosity and fondness that I have for history and politics. It is filled with vivid illustrations, catchy and witty essays, and an easy-to-follow narration of important events in Philippine history. One of the illustrations that is imprinted in my head is of Juan Tamad resting under a guava tree, waiting for a fruit to fall. It was accompanied by a funny, but insightful commentary about certain tendencies of Filipinos and how these came to be. The History of the Burgis prompted me to read biographies of Filipino heroes and villains. I guess the fascination for history that the Burgis book ignited in me helped me ace my history classes, from fourth grade to fourth year college. I remember vaguely that it was destroyed by Typhoon Ruping in November of 1990. Our house was submerged in flood waters for three days, and I was not able to save it.
For a while, I have been trying to recall the title of the book, for I only have a clear image of the cover page, but not the letters of the title. I only remembered the word “Burgis”. I have googled the word burgis every now and then, but to no avail, until today! Thank you Google Image Search Engine! I found it through a website called stumbleupon.com. Now I can get it from Amazon!!! Yipee! I am excited to revisit this book again and relive my childhood fascination.