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Modern Tsinoy Plays: TIME WAITS and Other Plays

by Debbie Ann L. Tan


in Yang Trilogy:


Fate’s Line, Question of Worth,

Internal Arrangement


Full Length Play (2011)

Professional Eaters


First Place Palanca Award (2007)

Time Waits


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Naglalaman ang librong ito ng mga akdang magagamit na seleksiyon para sa mga serye ng teksbuk na panghaiskul at piling mga babasahin na pangkolehiyo. Bukal ang mga ito ng malawak na karanasan ng pagsusulat ng may-akda, ng pagtuturo sa mga pangunahing unibersidad at pagsangkot sa mga kilusang pambayan at pangkultura.

The Bamboo Dancers

N.V.M. Gonzalez

Winner of the 1960 Philippine Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Literature

In the Philippines, the caste of “untouchables” is not the impoverished peasant but the elite leadership, on which society depends so much for patronage, but from which the masses more commonly have received indifference, cruelty, and betrayal of purpose.

In the Bamboo Dancers... Gonzalez’s characters are discovered rather than explained. They present themselves without comment from the author. Such subtlety and disciplined self-restraint keep Gonzalez’s fiction far from the ordinary “literature of protest” ... Perhaps Gonzalez’s constant attentiveness to the manner of speech, and even to silence, owes much to his culture’s reliance, for unobtrusive communication, on courteous consideration of others... Gonzalez’s craft is perfectly expressive of these Asian aspects of Philippine folkways.


Copyright © 1959
Reprinted 1993
ISBN: 971-569-057-2

A Season of Grace

N.V.M Gonzalez

It is in countering the myths of the Philippines' irretrievably lost native past, of her people's weakness, of the near-total triumph of the foreign that Gonzalez' fiction is unique. Such countering is most beautifully realized inA Season of Grace, his masterpiece, and surely one of the four or five most beautiful novels to have come from the Third World–Richard R. Guzman, in The Virginia Quarterly Review.

Copyright © 1992
ISBN:
971-569-062-9

Bamboo in the Wind

Azucena Grajo Uranza

Larry Esteva, coming home from study in Boston, witnesses at the airport a riotous demonstration that is forcibly dispersed by the military. The end of his journey turns out to be the beginning of the odyssey in his beloved city where he finds "an insidious lawlessness creeping upon the land."

Set in Manila in the last beleaguered months before the politico-military take-over in 1972, the book tells of the last desperate efforts of a people fighting to stave off disaster. Amid the escalating madness of a regime gone berserk, an odd assortment of people—a senator, a young nationalist, a dispossessed farmer, a radical activist, a convent school girl, a Jesuit scholastic—make their way along the labyrinthine corridors of greed and power. Each is forced to examine his own commitment in the face of brutality and evil, as the book conjures up scene after scene of devastation: the masacre of the demonstrators, the demolition of Sapang Bato, the murder of the sugar plantation workers, the burning of Laguardia ricefields. And, as a climax to the mounting violence, that final September day—the arrests, the torture, and finally the darkness that overtakes the land.

Copyright 1990
ISBN 971-569-437-0
Size: 5" x 7"
540 pages
book paper

Children of the Ash-Covered Loam

N.V.M. Gonzalez

"Whatever N.V.M. Gonzalez' story is...the distinction of the writer who knows the vastness and responsibility of his work is always there, perceptable in the artistry of the performance.

Copyright © 1992
ISBN:
971-569-029-7

Catch me a Firefly

by Freda Jayme

This book is composed of 14 different heart-warming stories. The location are all based in the Philippines. Freda Jayme's stories are reflective of her world on 1980's, when it seemed life was easier, more romantic and civilized. These are tales of women for women, and for men who admire this other half of the population. These women are products of their time—in "Joy Comes with Aurora", the heroine is 15 years old and "sufficiently versed in the management of a household and the bringing up children—after all this was the year 1877 in the Royal City of Manila!"

ISBN 971-569-315-6

Brother, My Brother

Bienvenido Santos

"A painful journey back to his heritage ..." This is Prof. Leonard Casper's description of the narrative which, if put together by the critical reader, the twenty-three stories in this volume might add up to.

In You Lovely People, Bienvenido N. Santos's first book, he took for his subject the Filipino in America during the war years. There he presented the loneliness and hunger of a people who were almost all of them hurt to the bone. And having gone to America as a government pensionado and lectured extensively for the Commonwealth Government in exile, Mr. Santos knew whereof he spoke.

Like that earlier volume, Brother, My Brother, a collection of stories that stand on their own as stories, is a literary document about the Filipino, at home. Tondo, Albay and Mount Mayon, Plaza Miranda and Quiapo provide the setting and mood of many of these stories. Here, Santos's characters are not dreamy-eyed Pinoys longing for home but people every so much closer, geographically, to his reader: priests, salesmen, schoolteachers, and students.

ISBN 971-569-012-2
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Manila, My Manila

Nick Joaquin

In early 1988, then Mayor Mel Lopez invited Nick Joaquin to write a popular history of Manila that young Manilans would enjoy. The city's poet laureate—whose entire body of work sings of Manila as Homer sang of Troy and Virgil of Rome—complied with a will. The first edition of Manila, My Manila (1990) was distributed exclusively to the city's schools. This hardcover gift edition finally brings Joaquin's celebration of his beloved city to readers throughout the world

ISBN 971-569-313-X
Copyright © 1999