STATE OF WAR
An endless festival amidst an endless war is the central image of this novel of the Philippines of the time of Marcos. Three young people seek relief from the suffocating repression and brutality of the Dictatorship by joining an ancient festival in the island of K—.
They find instead that the war has followed them and that the festival is but a metaphor for an entire society and culture in conflict. The three find distinct destinies of death, liberation, affirmation and ultimately, salvation. This book is now considered a classic of Philippine literature.
BARKADA NG LIMA / GANG OF FIVE
Five short stories originally written in English by American Book Awarded Ninotchka Rosca, translated into Tagalog by Pia Arboleda, head of the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program of the University of Hawaii. The book is in both English and Tagalog.
Proceeds from this book go to support AF3IRM’s Purple Rose Anti-trafficking Campaign. AF3IRM is an organization of U.S.-based women who are (im)migrants or children thereof, who have more than one language, culture and history and therefore look at the world from more than one perspective.
AMERICAN BOOK AWARD WINNER 1993
Through political tactics and societal manoeuvres, Hector and Katerina Basbas became dominant figures in the Philippines. When Hector won the Presidential elections by “buying”, the incumbent refused to relinquish the position. Hector needed to provide more “fuel” to keep things moving, a plan that required Katerina’s help, covert assistance from the United States and “strong-arm” persuasive manoeuvring. Together with Katerina, Hector was aiming to convert the Philippine democratic system into a dynastic reign of monarchs.
"Twice Blessed is a comedy, more or less, of Filipino manners; in its characters and examination of how people act, it's Filipino to the core. But it's also a tragic commentary on the nature of government and the people who gravitate to government anywhere."—Los Angeles Times Book Review