DAGUPAN CITY (PhilAmPress) – The City Government of Dagupan has commended veteran author and communications specialist Melandrew T. Velasco for his body of works in documenting outstanding Filipino patriots and statesmen in a Sanguniang Panlungsod Resolution No. 72328-2017 dated August 9. 2017.
“Melandrew T. Velasco has long had a storied career having written and published more than 23 books for different publications over a span of over 16 years,” stated principal author Councilor Jose Netum Tamayo.
“The vigor and influence of Velasco’s pen demonstrated in all his works, serves to inspire fellow Dagupenos to highlight the value of patriotism, good works and good service as crucial in community and nation-building,” said sponsor Councilor Maybelyn Rose dela Cruz Fernandez
Mel Velasco is better known in the literary circle as the family biographer of former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos. Since 2000, he has authored and published other books on the life stories of the former president’s family members and FVR’s organization, the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. (RPDEV).
Velasco, a native of the island barangay of Carael West, Dagupan, earned his primary studies at Binmaley Central School, finished with honors at the Mary Help of Christians Seminary in Binmaley, studied at the Christ the King Mission Seminary (SVD) in Quezon City for two years before transferring to the College of Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines, Diliman where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, major in Journalism degree in 1985.
Velasco has also authored coffee table books on various civic and religious organizations like Rotary International and Kiwanis and the Bukas Loob sa Diyos including select cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Among these are “Parañaque: From a Pueblo to a Mega City by the Bay” (published 2016), “Nueva Ecija: A New Era of Peace and Progress” (published 2016) and “Pasay: A Royal Kingdom’s Evolution to Travel City” (published 2013); and was a contributor of the “Nadaragupan” coffee table book.
Among his most recent works include XYZ Files: Anecdotes, Issues and Controversies and Trivia of Fidel V. Ramos (published February 2017) and 15 Years of RPDEV: A Continuing Voyage for Enduring Peace and Sustainable Development (published April 2017).
A columnist of Philippines Today in San Francisco, California, Velasco is the President and CEO of Media Touchstone Ventures Inc., a publishing and public relations outfit that has for almost two decades produced landmark commemorative books and handled corporate and government accounts related to development communications. (PhilAmPress)