ANGELES CITY – “CONG Tarzan Lazatin: A Public Life,” the biography of late Pampanga First District Representative and three-term City Mayor Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin, is currently being donated to public libraries all over the Ilocos Region.
Distribution of the book in libraries in the Ilocos Region began on September 15, 2023.
It can be recalled that in January this year, the book was distributed in Central Luzon via donation to schools, universities, and public libraries; and in October 2022, copies of the book were donated to schools and universities in Angeles City and Metro Manila.
Copies of the book were also donated to the library of the House of Representatives in November 2022. Eventually, the book will also be donated to schools, universities, and public libraries in Visayas and Mindanao.
The idea of publishing “Cong” was the brainchild of Tarzan Lazatin’s son, incumbent Angeles City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr., and Tarzan Lazatin’s long-time aide, IC Calaguas.
Calaguas was Tarzan Lazatin’s Executive Assistant in the Angeles City Government and Chief of Staff at the House of Representatives.
The book was edited by veteran journalist and Punto! Editor-in-Chief, Caesar ‘Bong’ Lacson and written by a team of writers composed of Tonette Orejas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Arnel San Pedro of iOrbit News, Marna Dagumboy-Del Rosario of the Philippine News Agency and Pampanga News Now, and Minerva Zamora-Arceo of Central Luzon Businessweek.
Contributors to the book also include Joey Pavia of Central Luzon Businessweek, Arlyn Ente-Lukban of The Voice, and Noel Tulabut of Sun Star Pampanga.
Lincoln Baluyut, Editor and Publisher of The Voice Newsweekly, served as Book Director for the project.
The book’s foreword was written by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The “CONG” book was launched on December 12, 2021 at an event held in Best Western Hotel Balibago, where Arroyo attended as Guest of Honor.