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AN INTRODUCTION TO NICK JOAQUIN

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Celebrating the Virgin and Her City: An Introduction to Nick Joaquin
By E. San Juan, Jr.

Chapter 1 of Subversions of Desire: Prolegomena to Nick Joaquin (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1988).



What, then, is revealed in the quarrel between Remus and Remulus is the way in which the city of man is divided against itself, whereas, in the case of Cain and Abel, what we see is the enmity between the two cities, the city of man and City of God.

--St. Augustine

Life should be changed because the state of the world will be changed .... We shall not be what we have been, but we shall begin to be other.

--Joachim of Floris

Justice cannot exist where all the best things in life are held by the worst citizens; nor can anyone be ham where property is limited to a few, since those few are always uneasy and many are utterly wretched.

--St. Thomas More

Writing at the turn of the century his now classic autobiography (The Education of Henry Adams, 1900) where the Philippines is a pla…

Letter of Filipina Desaparecida's Daughter: CRY OUT FOR JUSTICE!

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LETTER OF THE DAUGHTER OF LUISA POSA DOMINADO, forcibly disappeared Filipina Activist



Dear Nanay,

On August 10, you’ll be 53 already. I really wish you’ll be there when we celebrate it. I’ve missed you so much, everyday and always. And I guess everyone else has, too.

It’s been hard not having you around. Manang has been a pain in the ass as always but she’s trying.

I’ve been living in a dorm for the past 2 months now. It’s been stressful and depressing living there. Some of my high school classmates are staying there too. I get home sick every now and then because I don’t like that place. I don’t know why.

You know this one time; I really got sick because I cried for almost the whole night. Crying makes me weak, I guess. You see, that night, my classmate got home sick and she cried because she missed her mom. And I guess that’s what triggered my fits of crying. You see, I won’t easily admit it and I sometimes forget it, but deep down inside, I miss you so much. I’ve missed you since th…