A renaissance man, scholar and a prodigious writer, Dr. Salvador H. Laurel authored a good number of books and articles ranging from politics and history to law treatise, especially in the areas of criminal, labor and constitutional law. He published among others Neither Trumpets Nor Drums (a summation of the Cory Government) in 1992; China Update 2000 published on September 2000 (a summary of historic meeting with top leaders of the People’s Republic of China during the last 28 years and lessons that the Philippines can learn from China); Through Ordeal and Turmoil (his ideas on nationhood) in 2002; A Child’s Footnote to History (a detailed narrative of the historic odyssey of the Laurel family from Baguio to Tuguegarao and Nara Japan) written in 1945 and published on August 27, 1989; Sworn to Serve (excerpts from selected speeches and statements from 1967 to 1990); To Build Upon A Rock (a compendium of views and issues from public discourses) in 1987; After 100 Years— What Next? posthumously published by Mrs. Celia-Diaz Laurel in 2010.

As Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice, Doy Laurel also published extensive reports on the Administration of Justice in Central Luzon (1969); the State of the Philippine Penal Institution and Penology (1969); the Criminal Jurisdiction Provisions of the RP-US Military Agreement (1969); the Dissident Problem in Central Luzon (1971). To reach the general readership, his reports were also released in book form, namely, The Land is Mine (a primer on land reform) and another on his seminal visit to China in 1972— The Laurel Report on Mission to China, the first official report which proposed a one-China Policy for the Philippines.

In fulfillment of his father’s fondest wishes, Dr. Laurel edited and published Proceedings of the Philippine Constitutional Convention (1934-1935) in seven (7) volumes culled and meticulously reproduced from the personal record kept by his esteemed father, Jose P. Laurel, who was a delegate and one of the fabled Seven Wise Men of the 1934 Constitutional Convention.

A born poet, Dr. Laurel also penned several stanzaic verses, one of which he lovingly dedicated to his father who was then enduring Sugamo Prison in Japan as an American prisoner of war while “Why Eagles Never Die,” delivered on November 18, 2002, was another lyrical feast from Doy, in celebration of his 74 blissful living years.

China Update (2000)

As the first “Chinas-watcher,” Napoloen Bonaparte was supposed to have predicted two hundred years ago that the earth would tremble should China awaken from centuries of sleep.

But the world has since learned that China never slept, only that her once vast empire disintegrated in the early nineteenth and the first haft of the twentieth century. She was torn by civil strife and held down by the Western powers – Britain, France, Portugal – and by Japan.

By Salvador H. Laurel


I am sure our people will meet the challenge… We shall encounter difficulties greater that any we have faced in our national history. We shall have to adapt ourselves to the strange stimuli of a new environment and undergo the travails of constant adjustment and re adjustment. God helping us, we shall march with steady, resolute steps forward, without doubt, vacillation or fear… Together we shall work, work hard, work still harder, and work with all our might and work as we have never worked before.

By Salvador H. Laurel

This Land Is Mine

As the principal author and sponsor of R.A. No. 6389 and R.A. 6390, I may perhaps be permitted to say that mine was the original idea and the major effort in securing their enactment.

I make no further claim beyond this, however, for I realize that most laws, especially those that call for massive changes in society, are the result of collective study and decision.

By Salvador H. Laurel


By Salvador H. Laurel

Sworn To Serve

Vice President Laurel’s collection of speeches delivered before multi-sectoral groups in the course of his career is a testament to his erudition and grasps of a wide range of subjects, most specially, the Philippine situation. Beginning as a neophyte in the senate in 1967, he chronicles the pernicious cycle of problems afflicting the country.

By Salvador H. Laurel

To Build Upon A Rock

This book is a compilation of excerpts from selected public speeches of Salvador H. Laurel over the last 20 years.

The themes cover a broad range of subjects: law and justice, peace and war, politics and government, national development and international cooperation. But in the range of ideas, his public philosophy is essentially centrist in inspiration. This is the binding force of his political commitment, which make shim impervious to the disdain of the extreme left or the far right. His is a anchored to the stable center of the national society.

By Salvador H. Laurel

Neither Trumpets Nor Drums

Unanimously nominated by his own party, UNIDO, as its standard-bearer for the 1986 snap election, Salvador H. Laurel, nevertheless stepped down to give way to Corazon C. Aquino, widow of Ninoy, in order to unify the opposition.

I in this book, Laurel endeavors to explain himself before the bar of history, shedding light on a number of controversial issues, such as the behest loans and the attempt by Mrs. Aquino and her Kaman-anak, Inc. to alienate public property in violation of the constitution.

By Salvador H. Laurel

A Child’s Footnote to History

On March 21, 1945, more than a month after Manila’s liberation, unnoticed within the remote pine-sheltered hills of Baguio, a grim and arduous Odyssey began. No one knew it would last 83 days, or that its secrete destination would ever be reached.

At my father’s suggestion, I kept a chronicle of that journey. I tried to capture, however crudely, the unfolding drama of each day. I wrote “telegraphically” whenever and wherever I could, rapidly recording, with the irrepressible exuberance of all my 15 years, the daily ordeal, the excitement, the humor, the history, and the adventure of it all.

By Salvador H. Laurel

Resilience and Realism

A quick glance at a map of Southeast Asia immediately shows the natural proximity of the six ASEAN nations. A visit to all six ASEAN countries readily reveals that their people are linked together by enduring ties of history and culture. The color of their skin, their features and mannerism are so much alike that a Thai or an Indonesian is easily mistaken for a Filipino and vice-versa. Except for Thailand, they all have painful memories of foreign domination. They all have undergone a long period of Western colonial rule and the harrowing experience of Japanese occupation during World War II. Except Brunei, the have their similar ordeals have made them all intensely nationalistic and extremely cautious in dealing with external threats and internal subversion. Their shared past and common future is thus their common denominator – and their strongest bond.

By Salvador H. Laurel

Towards the Center or The Best of the Two Worlds

In May and June 1988 I undertook a five-week visit to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the German Democratic Republic, the Czechoslovakia Socialist Republic, the Hungarian People’s Republic, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The visit gave me an opportunity to observe at close range the political, economic and social changes and reforms now taking place in those countries. My impression were clarified as a result of informal meetings and conversation with their leaders.

By Salvador H. Laurel

Through Ordeal and Turmoil

In this book, former Vice President Salvador “Doy” Laurel condenses the wisdom of the ages about leadership and love of country in terse, beguiling statements, brilliant apothegms that grip the reader’s interest and do not let go. The book is partly biography and partly philosophy.

Very few leaders in modern history have served their country as well as this statesman from Batangas. He was instrumental in the funding of the UNIDO party which mobilized the democratic forces to overthrow and entrenched and powerful regime.

By Salvador H. Laurel

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Doy Laurel Coffee Table Book

“You will write my Odyssey,“ Doy whispered from his sickbed. “No!” I protested, “You will get well and we will write it together!” With a faint exasperated smile he move his head slowly, from side to side, “You will write it!”

After his funeral I went through all his books, his letters, speeches, notes and wave together, like a tapestry, his “odyssey” in his own words, in his own inimitable style of writing, expression of his beliefs, his deepest thoughts and feelings.

By Celia Diaz-Laurel

Laurel Family Tree

It was while preparing the ancestral home in Tanuan for the Jose P. Laurel Centennial Celebration on March 9, 1991, the Primang Gloria Angeles Carandang and I got together. I was so fascinated by the many charming anecdotes she had about the house and the Laurel family, stories that were told to her by her mother, Tia Pacing Angeles, the eldest daughter of Sotero Laurel, that idea of making the Laurel genealogy struck me. Primang Gloria was as enthusiastic about the idea as I was, she said that Turing Gonzales Leus had started to work on the Laurel family tree in 1977 and that Katy Yatco Bengzon had also completed a study in 1990.

By Celia Diaz-Laurel

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