Dr. Luis Camara Dery (1946-2023)

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The National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Local Historical Committees Network expresses their sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Dr. Luis Camara Dery on the news of his passing last 31 July 2023.

Many of us encountered the name “Luis C. Dery” in historical works on the areas of Local, Political, Social, Cultural Histories of the Philippine Society from Pre- Colonial Period to World War 2.Born on 8 March 1946 in Gubat, Sorsogon, he moved to Metro Manila for his college educationat University of the Philippines – Diliman. After graduating in 1964, he pursued a master’sdegree and later a PhD in History, completing his studies in 1971 and 1987 respectively.

Dr.Dery is a giant in local history research wherein he was able topublish historical books on various topics that are considered as essential readings in Philippinehistoriography. His publications comprise rare Filipiniana publications related toDr. Jose Rizal during the Spanish period and the early Philippine Republic. Some of his booksare Alay Sa Inang Bayan, Pestilence in the Philippines, and, The Army of the First PhilippineRepublic and other historical essays.He also served as President of the PhilippineHistorical Association in 2013-2014.

In his passing, we remember his profound contributions and the trails he blazed in his pioneering work and steady commitment to the growth and development of Philippine historiography.

Paalam po Dr. Dery at Maraming Salamat!

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