Norbert Mercado

Biography

"In this age of revolution, the contemporary writer should utilize the pen for the preservation of peace," Norbert Mercado, a Filipino author, stressed. The books he has written and published, including his anthologies, unapologetically assert the indispensability of peace in a nation’s progress.

The author has written more novels than any Asian writer had 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). Solzhenitsyn has four novels to his credit, while Hemingway has eight.

His style of writing is simple and succinct, but poignant and colorful like Hemingway’s THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, and 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.

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 and help alleviate the continuing poverty of our countrymen."
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 support. 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 campus publication of the University of the Philippines. 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 and 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."

Ria M. Mercado

Where to find Norbert Mercado online


Series

The Rhinocolura Series
Stories about acceptance, redemption, and love in ancient times...

A Blind Man In Rhinocolura

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The Flowers Of Beersheba

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THE ENSOMO SERIES
Norbert Mercado writes about a variety of stories in the Middle East.

The Burning Of The Fields

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A Year Without Summer

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Oh, Jerusalem!

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Goodbye Babylon!

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The Sangkhlaburi Series
The Saphan Mon wooden bridge spans the Song Kalia River which cuts through the town proper of Sangkhlaburi and the Burmese Mon Village called Ban Wangka. On one side of the bridge lies the village of Mon which has been the sanctuary of members of the Mon tribe who fled from war and persecution in Burma. In that village lives Thinzar Wint Kyaw, a twenty-one year old girl whose parents fled Burma when she was only nine years of age. On the other side of the bridge, Chatchai Ratanopol, a young doctor, returns to his hometown in search of his place in this world. Their paths are about to meet.

The Bridge

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The Divide

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The Union

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Morning Glory

Morning Glory

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Love Is Beautiful

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Prepare for Eternity

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Dulce Extranjera

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Books

Hadrian's Curse & Balfour's Error
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,730. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2018 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » General
“The land of Israel was promised to the Jews by the Lord God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things which the universe and this earth contain. Israel and the city of Jerusalem will never be extinct because of God’s promise to Abraham, the father of the Jewish people,” the American missionary Reverend Kent Hutcheson told the students who composed the All-Men Bible Study Group.
The Great White Throne Judgment
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,040. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy
“Sir, is it alright to ask a question? I just want to clarify something,” Nathan Ong asked the American missionary who had been conducting the Bible Study series on End-Time Prophecy. “Yes, Nathan. What’s your question?” Reverend Hutcheson asked the newcomer. “Sir, isn’t it true that a person who rejects the Lord Jesus Christ as his God, Savior, and Lord, goes to Hell right after he dies...
The Fourth Temple
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy
“The Fourth Temple which will be built on the same site where the First Temple was built, will be called the Millennial Temple. It will be the temple of worship during the 1,000 years reign of the Lord Jesus Christ all over the world,” Reverend Kent Hutcheson told the members of the All-Men Bible Study Group composed of UP students and one male student from the University of the East.
Hell And The Lake Of Fire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy
“Rudy, you’re smiling. Did you once think of wanting to go to Hell?” Reverend Hutcheson asked. Rudy’s smile faded. He shook his head. “Never, Sir! I never thought of wanting to go to Hell. Not even once,” Rudy said. The American missionary turned his sight to Philip Tarroja. “And what about you, Philip? Did you ever want to go to Hell at one point in your past?” the missionary asked...
The Grand Archon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
“A Sigma Rhoan should believe in the existence of the Almighty God who created this earth and the whole universe. If he does not believe in God, to me, he is not a true Sigma Rhoan,” Attorney George Briones firmly stressed to his brothers, or brods for short, with his oratorical voice his conviction of what a true Sigma Rhoan is. The founders of the UP Sigma Rho Fraternity were patriotic...
The Death Of Emperor Augustus Caesar
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » General
Emperor Augustus Caesar looked to the dark southern sky on the balcony of his palace in Rome one early evening, as he had done in two nights before. He was spending the past two nights simply gazing at the dark southern sky. His wife, who had accompanied him at their palace balcony for the past five nights, wondered why the emperor had been constantly gazing at the southern sky. The palace ...
Saints And Angels In The Second Coming
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,250. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy
“The Lord Jesus Christ will be accompanied by His army composed of the saints and the angels when He will return to earth from Heaven,” Reverend Kent Hutcheson told the students of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City during their Bible study in the front lobby of the Institute of Mass Communications (IMC) building. All the members of the Bible study group were ...
One Autumn Night In Rhine Falls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,090. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
It was one autumn night in 1984 when Carl proposed marriage to his beloved Linda. “Let’s get married in December,” Carl appealed to her. They were looking at the exhilarating sight of the Rhine Falls, with resplendent lights beaming on the rushing noisy waterfalls. “What did you say? I can’t understand you. Why should we get worried in December?” Linda said with a laugh. Of course, she was just...
Miracles Never Stop
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Jerusalem Angela Mercado was not so sure if she was prepared to take the 2016 Medical Board Examinations in Manila, Philippines after her classes in a review center in Manila ended in January 2015. When her father, Norberto, asked her if she would take the physician’s examination the following month, she couldn’t readily reply to the former’s query. She was, in fact, speechless...
Seeds In San Manuel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Values & Virtues
“Good morning, Maestro,” a mother who wanted to enroll her ten-year old son in grade five in San Manuel Elementary School greeted the teacher, Aurelio Mercado. It was enrollment day in the largest public school in the town of San Manuel, the northernmost town of Tarlac bordering the barrio of Carmen in the town of Rosales, in the province of Pangasinan. Maestro is the title given to a teacher...
A Lady From Saint Lucia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Nadine Joseph, a lady from Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, was one of the more than 200 students and speakers of English as a second language who were listening to the speaker in the conference in Baguio City. It was held in a big hotel in the summer capital of the Philippines. Nadine used to work in the United States before she came to the Philippines to study in a school in Silang, Cavite...
The Towns I Love So Well
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
There is an adage which states most aptly that home is where the heart is. This is true for me. An American president also once said, “I love them more whom I loved first.” I say this is true, even for places. San Manuel and Moncada are towns I loved first because these are the towns where I grew up.
Destroy The Bandits
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,760. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » War
Andrea Gonzales has been a newscaster and program host in DWRD Radio Davao for five years. The first news item she was to read that day in August 2016 stirred her emotions, for it was about the beheading of a local teenage boy by the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic bandit group in the island province of Sulu. The Islamic bandit group had kidnapped both foreign nationals and locals for ransom...
Sink Altalena!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,670. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The French government wanted to have influence in the British-controlled Palestine after the United Nations’ 1947 partition of the ancient land to the Jews and the Palestinian Arabs. The French government of Charles de Gaulle donated 5,000 rifles, 250 Bren guns, 5 million bullets, 50 bazookas, and 10 Bren carriers. These arms and ammunitions were carried by the ship Altalena when it left ...
Catherine's Homecoming
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » General
“I have always longed to come back to the Philippines. It is my home. Everything in my life started in my country,” Catherine told her seatmate, Laura Khristenson, in the plane on a long flight from Denmark to Manila. Laura was surprised. Her seatmate, a Caucasian from Denmark, was visiting the Philippines for the first time. She was with five other tourists from Denmark...
Ricardo Sapelino, USM, And The Vietnam War
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Ricardo Sapelino of the United States Marines, or USM, was a Filipino combat soldier during the Vietnam War. He joined the United States Navy or USN in 1965, during the middle period of the Vietnam conflict. He received training as a member of the Marine Corps, which was under the USN during the long American involvement in the Vietnam conflict.
Peace Talk
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Josephine Marquez watched on television the live nationwide media coverage of the announcement of the government’s response to the massacre of thirty-six soldiers under the command of General Teodolfo Bautista on October 10, 1977 by Muslim rebels in Patikul, Sulu. The Muslim rebels led by the bandit Usman Sali, who tricked General Bautista by pretending that he wanted to have a peace talk...
The Silk Trade
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,470. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Menachem was a young Jew who had been engaged in the silk and spice business for almost two years. The silk came from China, and the spices from India. Menachem and his friends bought the silk and the spices from Parthian businessmen in the city of Petra. Parthians bought these goods from China and from India, and sold these to enterprising Jews who traveled in caravans ...
Strangers In Egypt
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,140. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » General
The town of Rhinocolura had a seaport called Al Arish. Passengers from the town of Raphia in Judah travelled to Egypt by crossing the river using the boats operated by Egyptian entrepreneurs. This is the town where Joseph, Mary and the Child Jesus first entered when they escaped from the town of Bethlehem in Judah.
Escape To Egypt
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,970. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
“Why would King Herod look for my Child to kill Him?” she asked Joseph. “I don’t know…” Joseph replied. Mary asked him where they would go. “The angel told me to go to Egypt with you and our Child, and stay there until he tells us to leave,” Joseph replied. Mary felt a certain joy when Joseph stated “our Child” to her even though he knew that the Child Jesus was miraculously born ...
Parched Fields
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,950. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question of Uncle Gadong rang in my ears as I sat at the base of the Ambuklao tower in the western field of Lanat, San Manuel, Tarlac, my birthplace. He asked me this question sometime in November 1961 when he visited us. He is the younger brother of my mother Francisca Lacierna Mercado...
Sunflowers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,880. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Edmund de los Reyes and Carla Quinzon were both sophomore students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. They were also members of a Christian campus organization called Campus Crusade for Christ. In September 1973, a year after the declaration of martial law all over the Philippines by President Ferdinand E. Marcos, a very strong typhoon struck Central Luzon...
Coming Home
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Kara sang well. It was amazing how she memorized the lyrics of the song at such a young age. As she sang, my thoughts wondered to the time when my mother Francisca Lacierna Mercado, and her younger sister Ninay, fetched their sick brother Gadong who escaped from his Japanese captors during the infamous Death March in April 1942…
Back To The Parthian Empire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,930. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » General
The Magi, their families, and their servants slept in the tents they put up in a field near the house where the Child was. It was already past midnight when they slept, and the big star which they saw in the east shone over the village. That night, Melchor had a dream. In his dream, he saw the same angel who spoke to him, the one who told him to see the Child in Bethlehem...
Peace Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,060. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Aurelio Mercado was one of the individuals who attended the Conference of Industrial Arts Teachers in Baguio City in the last week of April, 1930. It was summer. He and Francisca just got married on the second Sunday of that month, after the end of classes of the 1929-1930 schoolyear. They were married by the Aglipayan parish priest of San Clemente in the Philippine Independent Church ...
I Grieve For You My Brother Jonathan
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
“Why have Jews suffered so much? The Romans destroyed our homeland and dragged our forefathers to the territories of the Roman Empire as their slaves. We have suffered inquisitions, holocausts, famine, discrimination, and wars like no other people in history. Are the Jews under the curse of Yahweh?” Asher Levinson asked his commanding officer, Captain Yosef Aksen...
All Nations Against Jerusalem
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,910. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
After the symposium, the two friends talked to Doctor Ben Gurion and requested for an interview. They wanted to ask her more questions about the Middle East issue. She granted their request. They interviewed her over a cup of coffee at the University of the Philippines’ Bahay ng Alumni (House of the Alumni). They asked her questions such as whether Israel possesses nuclear weapons...
A Romance In Pre-War Manila
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Doctor Sergio Morales hurriedly walked to the classroom in PGH where he would teach the subject of Dermatology that morning. It was the first day of class in a rainy June month, and he did not want to be late...
The Land And The Bamboo House
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
A woman wishes to have a house she can call her own,” Francisca told her husband Aurelio as they walked hand-in-hand in the school yard of the San Manuel Elementary School. It was early Saturday evening, just after dinner. Aurelio asked his young wife if she wanted to have a stroll in front of the school where he had been teaching for the past five months since they arrived in the town ...
The Teacher Of A President
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
“Class, I’m Josephine Bracken Rizal-Abad, your teacher in English starting today. Together, we will be learning the language used by all the nations under the British Empire, and by the United States of America,” Josephine told her pupils in Cebu City on the first day of class. She had seven students in her class. All of the students were scions of businessmen, government officials, and ...
A House Divided
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
“Menachem Begin, the leader of the Irgun militia and who is currently the chairman of the Herut party, an opposition political party in Israel, has called on all Jews worldwide to help the government of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in the construction of houses in resettlement areas for the new Jewish immigrants coming mostly from the European nations. Mr. Begin said that ...
From This Day Forward
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Historical » General
The parents of Gregoria came all the way from San Joaquin, Iloilo to attend her graduation from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) School of Nursing. They rode a kalesa from San Joaquin to Iloilo City, and sailed to Manila via the ship M.V. Maynilad. It was an overnight trip. They stayed in the house of their relatives in Manila and waited for the day when their daughter Gregoria would ...
The Day The Sun Stopped Shining
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,820. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Dismas, one of the thieves who was crucified on the right side of Jesus, recognized Annas. He met him three years ago. Annas asked for a huge sum of money from Dismas’ mother Deborah so that he could ask the Roman prison authority in Jerusalem to release Dismas’ father.
The Disgrace Of The Roman Empire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » General
As the military governor of Rome in Judea and Samaria, Pontius Pilate was under the Roman prefect of Syria. If there were rebellions in Judea and Samaria, the procurator could seek the assistance of the Syrian prefect to quell the rebellions. Rome saw to it that any colony which rebelled against its authority was quickly and severely dealt with.
Tutored By The Thomasites
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Americans introduced free public education to all Filipino children. It was a radical contrast to the more than three hundred years of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines, when education was generally only for the children of the privileged class, of the wealthy, and of those who had the means among the Indios...
Death Or Victory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
“You might be wondering why I volunteered to come to Israel as a medical doctor. I’ll tell you a brief story. My father is a pastor. My mother is a teacher in a Christian school. I have a younger sister at home. Her name is Eloise. I remember a message given by my father in one of the Sunday services in our church, the Atlanta Baptist Church. This was back when I was in high school...
Pearl Harbor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Aurelio Mercado, Sr., a public school teacher in San Manuel Elementary School in the town of San Manuel, in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, and his brother-in-law, Quirino Lacierna, were at the front yard of Aurelio’s house after dinner discussing the aggressive behavior of the Japanese Imperial Army in the East Asia-Southeast Asia Region.
An American Teacher In The Philippines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
George was one of the first Americans who responded to the call by the US Federal government for American volunteer teachers to the Philippine Islands in the year 1901. He arrived in Manila, together with other American volunteer teachers via the ship USS Thomas. They were called by the moniker Thomasites. Single and adventurous, George wanted to help the youth of the Philippines...
My Good Friend Elvie
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
I didn’t see Elvie again since the night of our graduation from the Plebeian Academy until I met her in Hong Kong in 1990. It took nineteen long years. She was surprised when I saw her one Sunday morning at the second floor of the Hong Kong Post Office building, near the Star Ferry in Hong Kong.
Altalena
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,830. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
At the seaport of Marseille, the boarding ramp of the ship Altalena was crowded by Jewish immigrants bound for the newly-established state of Israel. Altalena was the former LST-138, one of the landing crafts used by the Allied countries in the invasion of Germany-controlled France in June, 1944. It was purchased for the purpose of bringing arms, combatants, and civilians in the land of Israel.
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
“I miss you. Wherever you are, my love, I hope you are safe. You can call me by landline or cellphone, or just text me. I’m aware of the situation you are in, and I’m praying for you,” Andrea Gonzales said in her radio program in DWRD titled From Davao With Love.
The Third Thief
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical
Adoram and Zadok were still asleep when Ephraim left the house. He had covered his head with a cloth. He also kept a black eye-patch in his bag for covering his left eye. This would serve as a form of disguise. He also carried a staff that served as his weapon. He journeyed to the city of Jerusalem which was only about half-a-mile from Bethany.
The Flowers Of Beersheba
Series: The Rhinocolura Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Christian » Historical
The city got its name from the word "beer" which means well and the word "sheba" which means covenant. Based on the Biblical account in the book of Genesis, Abram, the patriarch of the Jewish people who would later on be called Abraham, gave the King of Gerai named Abimelech seven lambs for the right to dig a well for his cattle and flock in the territory of Abimelech.
The Sands Of Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
“The woman is a beauty queen. She was a former winner of Miss Philippines. I met her during the inauguration of Lettergys in Quezon City. She was one of the guests during the launch,” Editha said. “How do you know that your husband is involved with this girl?” Angela asked her friend. Editha answered that she saw her husband and the girl buying baby clothes in a mall at Araneta Center...
Francisca's Love Story
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » General
Aurelio was a handsome twenty-two-year old man. He was very friendly, had a medium build, clean-cut hair, and a positive disposition in life. Francisca sported long hair. Her eyes were very attractive and she had a well-proportioned nose. Her skin was smooth, and her complexion was fair. The new teacher finds himself captivated by this young lady and as their paths cross by chance.
There Is Eternal Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » General
“Why has it suddenly become dark?” Flavius asked his fifteen-year old servant, a Jewish teen from Caesarea Philippi. “I don’t know, Master,” the fifteen-year old Jewish boy answered Flavius. Flavius was still wearing his uniform as a Roman military officer. Flavius thought that the strange phenomenon – the sudden turning of light to darkness, from day to night, was just a momentary eclipse.
My Sister Aida Is A Diamond
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Biographical
I was either four or five years old when my sister Aida brought us kids to the kulos at the back of the San Manuel Elementary School in barrio Lanat. Kulos is the Ilocano word for a brook or an elongated body of flowing water during the rainy season. In the summer, the kulos dried up. It was during the rainy season, from May to November, when the kulos came alive.
If We Ever Meet Again
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
“Fiestas should never be banned in the Philippines,” Catherine Steinberg told her high school batchmate from the Moncada Catholic School. She was on vacation in her hometown in the Philippines. “Do you have fiesta celebrations in Denmark, too?” Alma de la Cruz, her batchmate, asked her. “Well, sort of. But not the fiesta we have in almost every town in the Philippines.
Olympians
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Norbert Mercado talks with long-time sports journalist Ron de los Reyes about Filipino Olympic athletes who could have won the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines.
The Sheridans
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017 and represented by Norbert Mercado. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The group of American teachers came to the Philippines aboard the US transport ship USS Sheridan. They sailed from San Francisco, California to Manila several weeks before the arrival of the USS Thomas. The ship brought the first batch of Thomasites – 365 male and 165 female teachers.
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