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Hoard of Thunder, together with Upon Our Own Ground (2008) and Underground Spirit (2010), completes the six-volume historical anthology series on our short stories over 1956 to 2008. The Introduction to Hoard of Thunder is an overview essay on our short fiction since 1925 to the present. Throughout the series, the stories forge from English our writers’ imagination of our own historical experience as a people: how we Filipinos think and feel about our world and so, justify the way we live.Read More
The UP Press will be launching nine new titles on April 04, 2014, 5:00 pm at the West Wing Gallery of the Vargas Museum.
Luis H. Francia
Transfiksyon: Mga Kathang In-Transit
Rolando B. Tolentino
Rommel B. Rodriguez
The Murmur Asylum: Poems
History of Ilocos: Volumes I and II
Isabelo Florentino de los Reyes
Translated by Maria Elinora Peralta-Imson
As I accumulate years, my consciousness tends increasingly to dwell on the past – finding increasing enjoyment in reading history. One has to of course beware: history is written from many lenses. One lens is ideology: facts are martialed to serve an interpretation. Another lens is participation: “having been there” confers a level of authority but commingled with responsibility. Authors may find it hard to disentangle the two whether the episode ends in singular success or disaster. Sometimes, the proclivity is clear; sometimes it can only be inferred from what is left out.
I read the biography “Cesar Virata: Life and Times” by Dr Gerardo Sicat as a source of history. It is a hefty volume...