In Cursed and Other Stories, readers will encounter the pain, the love, and the hope that reside in every Filipino… all these people all over the globe who are making lives easier for strangers in other countries, for all the people who wear their country with simultaneous pride and shame. Because while they might wish to leave their home to seek greener pastures for those they love, they will never be able to quit it completely. Such desperation may be recognizable to many readers, however if it isn’t, they will come away with a better understanding of it, at least vis-a-vis this archipelago that has more in common with the West than is evident on the surface.
A moving tale of courage and love, set against the Zamboanga crisis in the Southern Philippines in the
In Below the Crying Mountain, the Moro Rebellion that broke out in the Sulu archipelago in the 1970s, and that continues to wound the nation, is seen vividly through the lives of the mestiza Rosy Wright, the Tausug girl Nahla, the rebel leader Prof. Hassan, the soldier Capt. Rodolfo as well as in the quest of the book’s narrator. The personal is political as war fuels the clash of emotions, histories and cultures. The story traces the lives of Jolo residents Rosy France Wright, a half-American girl who elopes with a Muslim professor from Christian Zamboanga to Muslim Jolo, leaving behind her husband-without ceremony, Omar Hassan, her best friend, Nahla, a Tausug girl and Jolo local, Captain Rodolfo, who becomes Nahla’s lover. The events take place against the backdrop of the escalation of communal and other tensions during the 70’s and 80’s. Through the eyes of the narrator the reader is able to follow the transformation of Jolo—from its former glory days of prestigious parties to the ushering in of a new era of more zealous religious observance.
Riverrun is a rite-of-passage novel on the life of Danilo Cruz, a young gay man who grows up in a colourful and chaotic military dictatorship in the Philippines. Shaped like a memoir, it glides from childhood to young adulthood in chapters written like flash fiction and vignettes, along with a recipe for shark meat, a feature article, extracts from a poem and vivid songs. It can be classified as literary fiction, that is nevertheless accessible to the general reader.
The inside story – plans, strategies, casualties, letters – of the crackdown on terrorist groups by the Philippines military with the support of elite US Special forces, with no details spared. The War on Terror is a book about terrorism — the al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf Group and their operations in southern Philippines — and includes photographs of letters written by terrorist commanders and by kidnapped American couple Martin and Gracia Burnham. The book follows the growth, movement and activities of the ASG, the Jemaah Islamiyah and the al-Qaeda and talks about how the military broke the triad of their operations through various operational plans and strategies that were implemented with the support of US Special Forces, whose actual involvement in counter-terrorism operations in the Philippines is being detailed for the first time. More than just about the issue of terrorism, the book will inform readers on the factors – social, political and economic that abet terrorism in a struggling country such as the Philippines.