The Mambabarang in Our Midst: Pre-Hispanic Ma’I in Wing of the Locust

Joel Donato Ching Jacob’s Wing of the Locust presents a rare achievement in Filipino writing in English. The Asian Book Award winner deviates from the tired path taken by so many would-be texts that attempted to reimagine pre-Hispanic Philippines. Wing of the Locust avoided the pitfalls of romanticizing the Filipino precolonial past by utilizing alternative geography and cultural coordinates to defamiliarize and bisect what we … Continue reading The Mambabarang in Our Midst: Pre-Hispanic Ma’I in Wing of the Locust

A Sense of History and National Identity in Gideon Lasco’s ‘The Philippines is Not a Small Country’

Published by Bughaw—an imprint of Ateneo de Manila University Press—in 2020, Lasco’s corpus of work reflects his bold, well-considered takes on several issues drawn from his field experiences and personal encounters as a physician, anthropologist, writer, mountaineer, and traveler. Continue reading A Sense of History and National Identity in Gideon Lasco’s ‘The Philippines is Not a Small Country’

Ebolusyon ng Pag-unawa: Ang “Erick Slumbook” ni Fanny A. Garcia sa Kasalukuyang Panahon

Ang naratibo ng Erick Slumbook ay hindi umiikot lamang sa anak ni Fanny na si Erick—umiikot ito sa lipunan, sa eskuwelahan, sa tahanan at sa iba’t iba pang mga lugar kung saan may interaksiyon ang kalakhang mundo sa batang may mga espesiyal na pangangailangan. Continue reading Ebolusyon ng Pag-unawa: Ang “Erick Slumbook” ni Fanny A. Garcia sa Kasalukuyang Panahon

Rebel Hopes and Faces of Freedom in Lualhati Bautista’s Sixty in the City

While Bautista strategically captures the popular imagination and proletarian tastes with her playful and relaxed language, she unceasingly launches broadsides against an outmoded Filipino value system that exploits all forms of feminine labor by keeping them subjugated to their husbands, children, and families. Continue reading Rebel Hopes and Faces of Freedom in Lualhati Bautista’s Sixty in the City