August 27, 2002
From THE STARR REPORT on NYPOST.COM
By MICHAEL STARR
Corman's ‘Miracle' deal
... B-movie legend Roger Corman has landed the rights to "The Miracle of EDSA" (Milrose Publications), Col. William Edwards' historical (fictional) thriller. Corman will produce the flick under his Concorde/New Horizons banner.
"Miracle of EDSA" is about an American nurse who goes to the Philippines in search of her long-lost son - only to get caught up in a guerilla uprising. Corman is eyeing Sigourney Weaver for the lead, with Francis Doel writing the screenplay.
Bill Edwards began writing The Miracle of EDSA after a visit to the Philippines twelve years ago, shortly after his marriage. He and his wife, Mila Esguerra, had made the trip so that she could pack her personal belongings to bring back to the United States. While she was sorting through files of music, the author states, "I was left to myself in the home of her sister, who fortunately had a huge library. During the weeks that followed I read everything written by late nineteenth and early twentieth century Filipino authors, telling of their fight to throw off the yoke of a three-hundred year occupation by Spain, and of their final victory over the Spanish."
His readings and his "admiration of the courageous victory of the unarmed People Power rebellion against Marcos' military forces in 1986" caused him to "start thinking about writing a story to highlight the issue of the Filipinos' struggle for freedom, within a fictional framework." Edwards has spent eleven years in travel with his wife throughout the Philippines to research the book, then in writing and polishing The Miracle of EDSA.
The author has first-hand experience in the scenes of combat which he depicts so vividly in his book. For over two decades, he flew jet fighter planes in the U.S. Air Force. He has been stationed at air bases in the United States, England, France, Germany, Turkey, India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines. Among his decorations are two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, and eight Air Medals. Mr. Edwards started writing while in the Air Force, and has concentrated on fiction since retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He also has a strong connection and sympathy with the Filipino culture, through his marriage to Mila Esguerra, former diva with the Manila Opera House, and his extensive travels in the Philippines. In addition, Mr. Edwards sings with Mila's Choir, The San Francisco Bay Area Cultural Group. A recent proclamation issued by Mayor Willie Brown commended Mila Esguerra for "her history of accomplishments and expertise in the field of music," and proclaimed April 17, 1999 as Mila Esguerra Edwards Day in San Francisco.
The year 2000 marks the One-hundred-second anniversary of the Filipino people's Independence from Spain, so the subject of The Miracle of EDSA is an especially timely one. In the pages of his book, Mr. Edwards pays tribute to the desire for freedom which all people of the world have in common.
Mila and Bill on the occasion or Mila's 50th anniversary teaching music.
May 1996, Hawaii State Capitol
Visit with Governor Benjamin Cayetano--the first governor of Filipino descent in the U.S.
Bill Edwards singing a medley of Filipino songs.
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The Miracle of EDSA was recently featured in the May 25-31, 2000 Issue of The Manila Bulletin USA, in the "Purely Personal" Column by Connie Gaspar. Following is the text of the article:
"Milrose Publications is proud to announce its new title which should interest not only Filipinos but everyone who has heard about the "bloodless revolution" in the Philippines. Entitled THE MIRACLE OF EDSA, the exciting and timely book by William Newton Edwards is a powerful and sensitive dramatization of true events during the Filipino overthrow of the dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos, through the story of Leigh Jackson, the courageous Filipina-American heroine. The quest for her grown child she believed had died at birth is at the center of the book, along with her fight to help people achieve freedom from tyranny, and her desire to rekindle the passion she once knew with her lost love, Dan.
"The author's readings of the history of the Philippines by late 19th and 20th century Filipino writers, and his admiration of the courageous victory of the unarmed People Power revolution against Marcos' military forces in 1986 caused him to start thinking about writing a story to highlight the issue of the Filipinos' struggle for freedom, within a fictional framework. William "Bill" Edwards spent 11 years researching, traveling with his wife, Mila Esguerra, former Manila Opera House diva, throughout the Philippines, and in writing and polishing THE MIRACLE OF EDSA. The book is a story of a mother's love, a people's struggle for freedom, and the many miracles, great and small, which took place at a time of both near-civil war and religious devotion."