Norbert Mercado

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Dr. Norberto L. Mercado, DD, yearns to help bring peace to his war-torn country, the Philippines, through a unique "water for fire" strategy. The youngest graduate in the history of the National Defense College of the Philippines stresses that the strategy being adopted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in confronting communist insurgency and Muslim separatism is "heroic", but it is a sure formula of defeat.

"In this age of revolution, the contemporary writer should utilize the pen for the preservation of peace," Norberto L. Mercado, a Filipino author, stressed. This is the reason why all the 13 books he had written in 37 months, an average of one book in three months, as well as the anthologies he has written and published, unapologetically assert the indispensability of peace in a nation’s progress.

The author has written more novels than any Asian writer has in just a brief period of time. In fact, he has surpassed the number of novels written by world-renowned novelists like Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1970) and American authors Ernest Hemingway (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1954) and William Faulkner. Solzhenitsyn has four novels to his credit, while Hemingway has eight.

His style of writing is simple and succinct, but poignant and colorful. Hemingway’s THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, which won for him the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature, is as simple as I DON’T NEED A THRONE, Norbert’s novel about the love story of the Princess of Thailand. Said novels are just as simple as Solzhenitsyn’s ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DESONOVICH. "The simpler the novel, the better," he said.

In line with Japanese Yasunari Kabawata’s writings about the Japanese way of life, most of Norbert’s novels focus mostly on the current situation in his country. Kabawata is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968.

His books present hope to the Filipino, especially to the "economic exiles" in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan whom he has spent most of his time with, in their daily struggles. But most of all, his novels lucidly show the futility of war and violence in the resolution of political-economic-class conflicts in the Philippines.

"War should not be used as an instrument in resolving political conflicts. Writers who abet wars and revolutions must think of the widows and the fatherless, the chaos, destruction, and suffering of the people whom they claim to be concerned about," he said.

He grieves over the more than 50,000 Filipinos who have fallen victims of the current communist insurgency, and hundreds of thousands who have been wounded or displaced, the more than 30,000 victims of the Mindanao conflict, and the victims of a series of coup d’ etats in the Philippines.

"Most of the victims are Filipinos. And even those who are not have as much right to life and peace as anyone else."

Dr. Mercado said that if Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo adopts his simple and unique "water for fire strategy", peace will come to the Philippines within a few years time. He stressed that the strategy being adopted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines is "heroic, but a sure formula of defeat".

What if, like Solzhenitsyn, Hemingway, and Kabawata, he eventually wins the Nobel Prize? What will he do with the US$1,000,000 award?

"I will use the prize for establishing a Peace Foundation that will assist in the formulation of policies which will resolve the current shooting conflicts in the country. Many have died, too many have suffered, too many tears have been shed," he said.

He will take charge of the foundation and personally campaign for a peaceful settlement of the conflicts in the Philippines.

"The insurgency and the secessionist rebellion have foreign supports. A Nobel title will give me the personality to approach the leaders involved in the conflicts," he explained.

Born on March 25,1955, he is the youngest among the children of Mr. and Mrs. Aurelio Mercado, Sr. of San Manuel, Tarlac. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, with two degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication.

Voted Outstanding Campus Journalist in 1974, he was a columnist and associate editor of the Philippine Collegian, the weekly newspaper of the University of the Philippines system.

He has also written articles for various newspapers and magazines in the Philippines, as well as abroad.

He also won the 1981 National Essay Writing Contest sponsored by SIDESTREETS Magazine.

Norbert is a graduate of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), the topmost armed forces school in the country, where he was conferred a master’s degree in National Security Administration (MNSA) and the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

He graduated from the NDCP at the age of 32, the youngest in Class 21 which had already produced several generals in the Armed Forces, and the youngest graduate in the history of the National Defense College of the Philippines. He was elected one of the fifteen directors of Class 21.

He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity (Applied Servanthood), Honoris Causa, for his almost 30 years work in Christian literature. His batch mates include Senator Robert Barbers, Undersecretary of Trade and Industry and Bulletin Columnist Nelly Villafuerte, Actor and Producer Fred Galang, Rev. Peter Vasaya, and the His Royal Highness Sultan of Sulu and Sabah Ishmael Kiram.

A sports lover, he was a rifle marksman in his UP ROTC days, and a winner of the 1988 and 1989 5,000 meter-run sponsored by the National Defense College Alumni Association. His sports include swimming, basketball, volleyball, boxing, karate, cycling, and marathon among others.

A traveler, he has attended various international conferences-trainings in Asia and Europe. His travels have widened his insight not only of places, but also of people he has constantly observed and empathized with.

He is the youngest graduate of the Singapore Haggai Institute for Third World Leaders in 1980 at the age of 24.

"Let us work for peace in our country, in any way we can," Norbert stressed. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers."

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The Battle Of Manila Bay
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
The Spanish Armada has allowed the Spaniards to maintain their powerful grip on the areas they have conquered. The American Asiatic Squadron aims to break that grip and bring freedom to the inhabitants of the Spanish colonies. Explore the battle which paved the way for a new era. "The Battle Of Manila Bay" is the latest novel from the pen of Norbert Mercado, author of "The Children of Mars".
Golgotha!
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
A Jewish worker for the Roman empire witnesses an event that will change his life. From the author of "In the Shadow of the Roman Empire" comes "Golgotha!"
Dulce Extranjera
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Series: Morning Glory, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,010. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
With her husband gone, Josephine decides to join the rebellion against Spanish colonial rule. What fate lies forth for the British lass from Hong Kong? Dulce Extranjera is the fourth and final book of the Morning Glory Series.
Prepare for Eternity
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Series: Morning Glory, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 18,210. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
A patriot. A woman. A revolution. The third novel of the "Morning Glory" series.
Love Is Beautiful
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Series: Morning Glory, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 17,540. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
The 2nd novel in Norbert Mercado's Morning Glory series. Continue the journey with the exile, Jose Rizal and the foreigner, Josephine Bracken.
Morning Glory
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Series: Morning Glory, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 19,940. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
The first novel in a trilogy about the love story of the Philippine National hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and the Irish beauty, Miss Josephine Bracken.
Cambodia's Children of Sorrow
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,680. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Cambodia's Children of Sorrow and Other Stories. This is the first anthology of short stories in Asia written by Norbert L. Mercado.
The Child In The Storm
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 16,270. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
Janet Boncodin is about to have a baby, but her boyfriend has refused to take responsibility. What future awaits the child?
The Fall Of Egypt's Islamist Dictator
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,760. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Winning the first democratic presidential elections in Egypt after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, Mohammed Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, seized absolute dictatorial powers by ramming down the people's throat an Islamist constitution placing himself above the court and the law. Dictatorial abuse of power and economic crisis in Egypt drove millions of Egyptians to protest.
Saigon: War's Remembrance
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 16,190. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
A veteran soldier is tired of all the fighting in his country. He comes to a point where he must flee for his life. Will he choose life over love? Saigon: War's Remembrance is the latest novel from the pen of Norbert L. Mercado.
Summer Poems From The Sea
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A collection of poems written by Norbert L. Mercado on a ship named St. Michael the Archangel while travelling from the Port of Cagayan de Oro City to the Port of Manila
Love Blooms Where April Lilies Grow
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,450. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
An unusual love story amidst an impending nuclear threat in East Asia.
The Roman Governor of Judaea
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Series: In The Shadow Of The Roman Empire, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,580. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Book III of "In The Shadow Of The Roman Empire" explores the story of the Roman Governor of Judaea's struggle between political survival and deliverance of justice for the innocent.
Farewell Darkness!
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Series: In The Shadow Of The Roman Empire, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 15,790. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Book II of "In The Shadow Of The Roman Empire" explores the story behind the villain captured by Marcus Aurelius.
In The Shadow Of The Roman Empire
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Series: In The Shadow Of The Roman Empire, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 29,140. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
Marcus Aurelius is a newly promoted Roman military officer who finds himself surrounded by unusual circumstances in a strange new land. What revelations await him?
The Korean War
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 25,510. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
In 1951, best friends Pete Alvarez and Jose Aban, young men with adventurous goals and ambitions, have joined the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) along with other Filipino soldiers in the 19th Battalion Combat Team. What experiences await the two in the Korean War?
One Love, Three Summers
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,110. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Father Rex is a priest involved in the communist movement. Because of Annabelle, he begins to question the ideology he has followed for years. This novel spurns and condemns a bloody revolution as a solution to the problems of society, and gives an unapologetic argument that compassion rather than the pursuit of power is the noblest of human aspirations.
Unchained Melody
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,530. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
Vivian and Remedios have begun a new chapter of their lives in a strange foreign land. What struggles will they face as they try to secure a better future? Beyond the darkness lies the rebuilding power of love. A novel about the struggles and sacrifices of working women abroad in their quest for a better life.
The Days of an Empire
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,040. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
An amazon is the key to the success of a daring mission. The target is the man she deeply loves! A novel for peace, stressing the sacredness of life, faith, and liberty in the lives of men and in the destiny of a nation.
I Don't Need A Throne
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,960. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
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Apasra seemed like an ordinary foreign student striving to get through Harvard University. Unknown to her peers, she has a well-kept secret. A novel of great love. The author argues that "great love exacts a great price". It vividly shows that love is undoubtedly the noblest and mightiest of all human emotions.
Some Winds Blow Forever
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,280. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
Cara, a well traveled Lithuanian-American businesswoman, has uncovered the truth she was asked to search for in Macau. Ecological destruction results in a terrifying natural disaster.
Even The Grass Bleeds
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Price: Free! Words: 26,590. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
On July 16, 1990, the most devastating earthquake in Philippine history takes place. Daniel, an engineering student is trapped beneath the rubble of the Hyatt Terraces Hotel. Rose, his girlfriend, is an OFW in Hong Kong. She awaits news of his situation.
After The Summer Rain
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,070. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
Luzviminda, could only listen intently as news of the devastating Mount Pinatubo eruption reached her in Hong Kong. Couple that with a violent-tempered mistress and a boyfriend whom she has hardly heard from. How does she cope with all of these trials?
72 Hours In Moscow
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,630. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Arthur, an American journalist is madly in love with Natasha, a patriotic Russian medical student. Will she choose his love over her love of country? A story set in the midst of the coup d' etat against Russian Premier Michael Gorbachev...
Poetry A Collection Throughout The Years
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Poetry, A Collection Throughout The Years, is a collection of poems written about love, life, peace, and thanksgiving by Norbert Mercado since the 80's
The Winter Is Young
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Josephine's father is an active Major in the military. Dante, her boyfriend, has joined the forces against the government. The rebel controlled bombers swooped over Malacañang Palace on the first day of the bloodiest military rebellion in Philippine history. The Aquino administration fought for its life, a nation shook, and the fate of an unspoiled love stood still.
The Last Romanov
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,860. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
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Written by Norbert L. Mercado, the author takes us on a journey of possibilities about the tragic story of the last Romanov family - that of Tsar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra - after the end of World War I and the Russian Revolution.
The Children of Mars
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,610. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Nonfiction » History » Family history
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Written by Norbert L. Mercado, The Children of Mars is novel about an unusual friendship that took place between a Filipino guerrilla and a Japanese Captain in the darkest days of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.
Chrysanthemum
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,610. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
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Chrys, a Filipina singer in Hong Kong, is torn between Michael, a dedicated soldier fighting against communist insurgency, and Peter, a jet-setting Chinese businessman capable of offering her financial security. Written by Norbert L. Mercado in 1989, Chrysanthemum is a touching story of love and revolution in the Philippines.


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