Absolutely amazing book! Proudly Filipino. One of those rare required readings for high school that didn’t feel like homework. Author Lualhati Bautista captured the 1970s Philippines so well that it gives later generations (like mine!) a chance to relive it and appreciate the freedom we were born with. The book is oozing with texture thanks to Bautista’s masterful painting of the Marcos/martial law political landscape, the rich culture of the Manila scene, and the average middle class Pinoy family trying to survive it all.
Plus, the movie version wasn’t so bad either. Vilma Santos was perfect for the starring role, and it didn’t hurt that Piolo Pascual brought some extra cuteness to activism.