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Reportage on Lovers: A Medley of Factual Romances, Happy or Tragical, Most of Which Made News

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Classic Oriental Love--as in the tale of a Japanese girl who asked her Filipino lover neither marriage nor even affection but simply the permission to serve him and slave for him until he should find himself a wife.

Modern Cosmopolitan Love--as in the glamorous affair between a young Filipino sportsman and an international beauty that had for settings Manila, Long Beach, an
Paperback, 159 pages
Published 2009 by Anvil Publishing Inc. (first published January 1st 1977)
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Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lonely polygamists
Nick Joaquin assumes the identity of his journalistic alter-ego in telling a quick succession of tales of, among many others, stolen kisses, inter-municipal liaisons, and love not at first sight but on second thought. There are only so many permutations of true love stories, whether ending in joy or tragedy, one can report before one shades into tedium, but Quijano de Manila seems equipped with a limitless writerly faculty that makes an otherwise dull and repetitive collection even more interest ...more
Munting Aklatan
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pinoy
Either you look at it as the Filipino's adoration of anything foreign, even when it comes to lovers; or the foreigner not just falling in love with the Filipino but becoming Filipinos themselves.

Personal favorites:
1. Love Me, Love My War; or, L'Amour Among the Activists
2. The Mystery of the Murdered Bigamist

I liked them most because these are the only two stories that did not involve (a) foreigners and (b) happy endings.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Side-by-side Review with That Kind of Guy

“Certainty is sexy.” – Julie, That Kind of Guy

“The Filipino, indeed, makes the most imperious of husbands but the meekest of lovers” – Narrator, Reportage on Lovers

That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra is a story about Julie, a woman who is a “manang“, a word used to describe Filipino women who are frank and who does not readily give up herself to relationships because she knows how brutal relationships can be and how it can turn life
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Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Biena (The Library Mistress) by: Phoebe Andamo
Shelves: borrowed, 2013
Pinoys and our undying love for foreigners :)
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
If you fell in love no matter want happened you'll find a way to make your love story a happy ending. This book shows the different shades of a love story if its a happy ending or tragic ending. ...more
Mitch Cerda
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Magaang basahin ang mga sanaysay. Kapansin-pansin na puros "international" ang relasyon ang pag-iibigang isinalaysay sa marami sa mga sanaysay. Dahil ba ito sa target audience na alta sociedad? Kung ano man, dinala ni Nick Joaquin ang kanyang paksa nang may katapat. Kahit medyo paulit-ulit, nailabas ni Joaquin ang natatangi sa mga kuwentong ito ng pag-ibig at kasawian. ...more
John Ray Catingub
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Almost like a collection of short stories, "Reportage" is pithy, as newspaper writing should be, though it doesn't lose Joaquin's artistry. The style can be terse at times--sharp inhales in contrast with the extended breaths of his other writing--but that doesn't take away from the stories he reports on or the way he writes them. As the Filipino is normally drawn to love, Joaquin writes in a way that pulls him in based on that attraction; after he has been baited, the rest of the news story come ...more
Bianca Nagac
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In ancient times, 14 February used to be a Roman feast of wolves called Lupercalia. Without spoiling too much, Quijano, which was National Artist Nick Joaquin's other name, presents us love stories from different countries, races, time, status, and personal backgrounds. While the stories will swoon your hearts, Nick's words will make you blush - as if he was writing a love letter for you. They were not the cheesy type, but they spoke the truth. ...more
Patricia Isabelle
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE anthologies and this book did not fall short! I enjoyed reading every story and found myself googling some of the personalities mentioned just so I can picture the characters in my mind while the stories play out. My favorite is L'Amour Among Activists, which hurt me more than I expected it to. ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
While reading this, I was equally kilig, frustrated, and (quite frankly) disgusted with, well, men. Nick Joaquin's writing is impeccable, though I couldn't help but be annoyed with the subtle romanticization of some toxic male ideologies.

This was a brief and enjoyable read nonetheless.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
Love stories that made news in the sixties, so effortlessly narrated, shifting from saccharine to laconic as the stories unfold, by that cynic romantic, Nick Joaquin.

It's not so much the love stories that fascinated me. It was more the sepia-hued window into the ghosts of love affairs past that drew me in. And reflected here is a Manila in its heyday, the Manila idyll I keep hearing old-timers hark back to. A Manila in the Age of Aquarius, with its post-war topography and straight-laced, if som
Danna Mangalindan
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very intriguing love stories from the 60s to 80s wonderfully written by the great storyteller Nick
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