A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino: An Elegy in Three Scenes
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A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino: An Elegy in Three Scenes

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Originally published in 1966 - this is a recent reprint of the play in English.
116 pages
Published 1966 by Alberto S. Florentino
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K.D. Absolutely
The famous local English play A Portrait of an Artist as Filipino (An Elegy in Three Series) was written by Nick Joaquin in 1951 and was first published in a book form in 1966. It has been staged several times with either radio talents, professional actors or amateur actors including students in high school classrooms. In fact, in my book’s 1966 edition’s Foreword, written by another famous Filipino artist, Lamberto V. Avellana, he said that this work did not need any foreword as it had been dra...more
It's a great mystery how I was able to write a movie script with only reading the first half of this play.

Well that's the magic of google and goodreads.

And really why on earth students have to read and even made movie adaptation out of this one, is really beyond me.
As a true Manileno, Manila is the usual setting of Nick Joaquin's stories. This time he sang a nostalgic song about the Manila of old, the Manila we barely knew or imagined. In this play, Joaquin sang of its ancient grandeur which is now sadly lost and devastated by the waves of modernism.

This story is abundant of critical themes: clash between tradition and modernity, battle between old and new, a Filipino as divided being and struggling in his hybrid soul, art for art's sake, and the concept...more
makes me nostalgic for a Manila that I never knew.
Randel Diaz
I need this on my Philippine Literature.
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Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín (May 4, 1917–April 29, 2004) was a Filipino writer, historian and journalist, best known for his short stories and novels in the English language. He also wrote using the pen name Quijano de Manila. Joaquin was conferred the rank and title of National Artist of the Philippines for Literature.

After Jose Rizal and Claro M. Recto, both writers in spanish language, he is cons...more
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