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Filipino American author and reader on a journey of self-discovery and reflection through the power of storytelling. No history, no self. Know history, know self.

Set in Las Vegas, "Enlightenment" explores the history of the Philippines through the modern-day first-person perspectives of Filipino-American Dorothy Dizon and transfer student Adrian Rosario, sent to protect her from unseen enemies of his Filipino secret society.

Inspired by the beautiful folklore, myths and legends of my motherland, the Philippines.

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He laughed a rare baritone-sounding laugh that gave me goose bumps. I knew I wouldn’t mind hearing him laugh more frequently. He was always so serious. He sat at the edge of the deck with his feet dangling over the water. “Believe me. You definitely have more power over me than you know.”


I took a breath and slid next to him. “I don’t know about that.”


Adrian gazed up at the moon. “Where I grew up i

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“The history of the islands is fleeting, but when one remembers, it's the land of a thousand unknown tribes written out of history.”
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“My family taught me an alternate perspective. Greek mythology was completely borrowed from Polynesian and Pacific Island folklore.”
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“You're eighteen years old and you graduated high school. You're Filipino and American. But what if everything you know is predicated on assumptions about the world that are misleading and false?”
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“The history of the islands is fleeting, but when one remembers, it's the land of a thousand unknown tribes written out of history.”
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“My family taught me an alternate perspective. Greek mythology was completely borrowed from Polynesian and Pacific Island folklore.”
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“You're eighteen years old and you graduated high school. You're Filipino and American. But what if everything you know is predicated on assumptions about the world that are misleading and false?”
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“You must think I don’t know what’s keeping you up at night. You must think we’re so different. But I know. Everyone knows despair. Isn’t that why people jump off bridges or drown themselves? Anything, really, to escape being human.”
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