ROLANDO VILLACORTE was a journalist and freelance magazine writer who started out as news correspondent for The Evening News in the early 1950s. Besides The Real Hero of EDSA, he has written two other books, Baliwag Then and Now and The Philippine Constitution, which were adopted as textbooks for high school and college students. He won first prize in an essay contest sponsored by the International Labor Organization and the Philippine Management Association of the Philippines. As well as receiving a cash prize, he went on a study tour of vocational rehabilitation centers in various European countries. He had previously toured similar institutions in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore under ILO auspices.He has edited a number of community newspapers in Quezon City, and for more than ten years he served in the QC government as PRO-researcher- translator and subsequently as head of its barrio government office. His civil service also included a two-year stint at the Malacañang Press Office as chief research and special projects officer during President Diosdado Macapagal’s tenure.