Takes up diverse texts as the legend of Mariang Makiling, account of Pigafetta’s discovery of the Philippines, the life of Pedro Calungsod, foundation narrative of a Marian shrine, colonial books of conduct, memoirs of Filipino intellectuals, a Bisayan love poem, political talk on radio, a dinner in nineteenth-century Cebu. There is underlying passion in these essays, pushing the reader to appreciate such issues as cultural politics and nation formation.
Originally published 2002. Reprinted 2006. Winner, 2004 Gintong Aklat Award, for Social Science.