Greg Hontiveros sails us back to our dynamic past

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing

Greg Hontiveros

Prominent historian-author Greg Hontiveros’ two books, “Butuan of a Thousand Years” and “Fire on the Island” are a must-read to every Butuanon and Caraganon and every Filipino for that matter who thirst for knowledge and wisdom of the past to come up with a precise sensibility.

Written with an elegant and crisp style as only a veteran writer can, the two books, each with its 3rd and 2nd printing, respectively (by Ateneo de Manila University Press) have become iconic gift items and study materials to balikbayans, overseas Filipino workers, tourists and students.

Bryan Edulzura, feature writer and government employee finds the books worth the read and rediscovery. “It is excellent history story-telling which make them doubly interesting,” he said.

That said, the books are well-received, earning praise, pride and curiosity.

Hontiveros is president of Butuan Heritage Society, a group of multi-sectoral professionals (like Engr. Edgardo Sanchez and Father Josilo Amalla).

He is actively involved in civic and academic engagements and was once a city lawmaker. He is married to Edna Subla, a respected gender and development (GAD) leader/advocate.

Early this year, the Butuan City government played host to the national historians and scholars convention facilitated by Hontiveros.

Also a speaker and resource person, he is acknowledged nationally and internationally.

Photos Christian Menesa

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