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Listen to a song from the novel, BAYAN KO, the song of the opposition, performed by Freddie Aguilar.

From NBC — hunger, problems with rice supply in the Philippines, http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/11/24/1687862.aspx

Amnesty International — current fighting in southern Philippines island of Mindinao displaces more than 600,000, many women and children.  Amnesty Int’l — The human cost of armed conflict in the Philippines.

On the death of Cory Aquino, August 1, 2009, I have added a conversation I found on You tube, Ninoy Aquino’s last conversation with a journalist, before he flew to Manila. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DMeZwC5oZY&feature=related

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  1. gotheca on

    I read a draft of the beginning of Baby Jesus Pawn Shop at Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Lucia got a standing ovation from our workshop when she read her chapters. We all knew then that she was a natural writer, a woman with both the words and the vision to turn her extraordinary background into great literature. I could not be happier to see the success of this stunning debut novel. Victoria Mixon

  2. Kelsay Myers on

    Lucia Orth’s first novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, is about a white American army wife of the upper class, Rue Caldwell, who falls in love with a sometimes reluctant member of the New People’s Army, Doming Aquinaldo, during the Marcos regime in the Philippines. The love story is really a backdrop, however, for the political turmoil of Manila during Marcos’ reelection in the early 1980s, and the complicity of the United States government in keeping a ruthless dictator in power in order to safeguard our own military and commercial access to the East. Orth brilliantly and beautifully tells a story of two people’s complicated love for a place (Manila), a faith (one in science, the other in an individual Catholicism), and eventually each other.

    The book is written in a loose chronology, and moves back and forth between Doming Aquinaldo’s story and Rue Caldwell’s, occasionally overlapping or retracing one moment in time from the other’s perspective or repeating a line that was referred to earlier in order to retell that event in greater detail later on. But, it does not feel disjointed. Rather, the story unfolds organically, as if told from the depths of people’s memories, which in fact, is a leitmotif running through Baby Jesus Pawn Shop. Orth begins her novel with two epigraphs. One from Akiro Kurosawa: “We all want to forget something, and so we create stories.” The other from Milan Kundera that says, “Forgetting: absolute solace and absolute injustice.” The two are fitting because Orth has created a story about finding solace in a world that is absolutely unjust.

    While the tone at times seems to be in a similar vein to an investigative journalist, it is also intimate and engaging enough to capture a person’s desire for love, despair at discovering the torture, murder, and corruption going on every single day outside one’s home, and a vengeful anger so powerful that it struggles against one’s higher ideals for country and humanity. Orth has the ability to weave history, myth, politics, religion, class consciousness, and respect for nature and the natural order together while never losing sight of the fact that she is writing a fictitious novel, which is meant to entertain the reader. Her style is unique and captivating – I read the entire 381-page book in one sitting because I absolutely could not put it down…

    For the full review, see: http://community.livejournal.com/asianamlitfans/63090.html


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