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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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2014 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ang huling dula sa serye ng apat na "Entablado Klasiko", mga de-kalidad na salin sa wikang Filipno ni Bienvenido Lumbera at nilimbag ng Ateneo de Manila University Press. Kuwento ng magkapatid na Candida at Paula, mga dalagang napaglipasan na ng panahon at nakatira sa isang lumang bahay sa Intramuros kasama ang kanilang matandang ama at kilalang batikang pintor na si Don Lorenzo Marasigan. Ipininta ni Don Lorenzo ang isang larawang may pamagat na Retrato del Artista como Filipino (A Portrait of ...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.
I'm no Literary Intellectual TM, but I have to say... there were some pieces of dialogue thrown around here that slapped me really hard in the face. I'm eighteen, and I'm one of those terrible eighteen-year-olds: the high-minded ones, horrified by what they see around them and afraid of compromise. It was quite terrifying to read this play, since it's all about compromise. The negotiation of past and future, of security and passion. As someone who lives more so in the past and in the future rath ...more
Mar Sacil
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Their art (with their memory and soul) is the only thing they have. There is still hope.
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hi anyone have this book? please can you send me i need this so much
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Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pure genius.
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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

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