Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will be holding the book launch of Dauntless: The 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, United States Army, and a public lecture on 18 April 2024, 2–4 PM (Philippine time) at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is encouraged.


In 2023, Marie Silva Vallejo published her new book titled Dauntless: The 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, United States Army which highlights chapters on the narratives of the first and second Filipino Infantry Regiment in different parts of the Philippines during World War II such as Negros Island, Panay Island, Mindoro Island, Samar, Palawan, and Leyte. The book also includes narratives about her father who was a member of the secret military units highly trained and known only to General Douglas MacArthur and a few of his staff.
In this free book launch and public lecture, Vallejo shares the critical role of first and second Filipino Infantry Regiments of the US Army in helping liberate the Philippines from the Japanese. Limited copies of the book will be available for sale.


MARIE SILVA VALLEJO has a degree in Education and pursued graduate studies in Psychology. Her corporate life was in Data Security and Internal Audit at Intel Corporation in California. She authored The Battle of Ising, a WWII battle for the liberation of Mindanao. She served as a board member of the American Historical Collection in Manila. She spearheaded the scanning of the Guerrilla Recognition Program files in the Philippine Archives Collection at the US National Records and Administration (NARA) that began the Philippine Veterans Administration Office's (PVAO) mission to scan the entire Collection and make it available online to show the Filipinos' contribution to WWII history.


RICARDO T. JOSE is a Professor at the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman. He is the country's foremost scholar on the Second World War in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific. He specializes in military and diplomatic history, with focus on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.