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A 'Pop' History for Manilans

In early 1988, then Mayor Mel Lopez invited Nick Joaquin to write a popular history of Manila that young Manilans would enjoy. The city's poet laureate--whose entire body of work sings of Manila as Homer sang of Troy and Virgil of Rome--complied with a will. The first
edition of Manila, My Manila (1990) was distributed exclusively to the city's s
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Hardcover, Second Edition, 365 pages
Published June 24th 1999 by The Bookmark, Inc. (first published November 1990)
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Roberto Anzano
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first encounter with Nick Joaquin and his books was when I was still in high school in Manila in the late 90's. I had to read and review "Portrait of an Artist as Filipino" (titled "Larawan" in Tagalog) as part of the requirements of my English class. Through the years, I had read and re-read many of Nick Joaquin's other stories, as my late father kept a library of Joaquin's works in paperback edition.

I am not an authority in evaluating literary works but, I must say, Nick Joaquin's books ar
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Jaypee Malénab
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filipiniana
If you are so engrossed with the City of Manila, despite its foibles, this is the best place to start.
Jen
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
An interesting popular history with the bulk of the focus on pre-20th century.
Nina
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love Manila as much as I do, then this book is for you. Go deep into the country's capital and discover our history and what shaped Manila to be the city it is now. ...more
Kaizerine Dela Cruz
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always been in love with this city and Nick Joaquin captures its soul in Manila my Manila
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Mica
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Manila, My Manila (A History for the Young) by Nick Joaquin talks about Manila - the city and its people - from Pre-colonial until the the emergency of the Cory Aquino Administration.

Finishing every page makes me realize how much I do not know about my own history. As a Filipino and a Manila-girl (born, raised and educated in Manila and the surrounding cities), I can't believe each chapter can still make me go "So that's what happened".

Unfortunately, there is a flaw in the Filipino race (albeit
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Katrina
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nick Joaquin ingenuously blends the old with the new with this history for the young Filipino people. Published in 1991, it is a landmark historical work, attempting to reconstruct history after the years of Martial Law and during the tumultuous years of the Aquino administration.

The author cites Morga's notes from the Sucesos and other sources of Spanish Manila and recreates the events as they have likely occurred. He provides a unique Philippine perspective in a history written by colonialist
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Eric Zulueta
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A history of the Philippines written by a Manileño (a Philippine National Artist for Literature) from the point of view of a Manila resident. This book gives great insight into the city and how it came to evolve into what it is today..

It was fun (and educational) to learn about the prominent personalities that helped mold Manila and its destiny.. This is a highly recommended material for anybody interested in Philippine history!
Fiamma Aletta
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
National Artist Nick Joaquin captured in 355 pages, our capital, Manila's rich history and culture that in turn shaped our country's destiny. Manila, My Manila resonates with loveliness and pride. Interesting trivias are intricately inter-woven in this narrative without sounding too scholarly. Hence, perfect for the history buffs in all of us. ...more
Elaine
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent, vivid history of Manila -- from its earliest days as a settlement for Malay voyagers to the lush delta of the Pasig River, through the insurrection against the Spanish, the brutal days of Japanese occupation during World War II to Marcos -- by one of the Philippines' most illustrious writers Nick Joaquin. I loved it (and it helped that I was reading it in Manila). ...more
Katrine
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a must-read book for anyone living in Manila. It's the wonderfully entertaining history of the capital. A light but insightful read. The book washes out a bit towards the end when describing the Marcos years ...more
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Mike
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice take on the story and evolution of Manila - from Intramuros to the arrabales to Malacañang to Greater Manila and beyond - intertwined with anecdotes of important personalities and common folk.
Ron
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves to be read again. I love my Manila. Nick Joaquin should live forever if only to continue this book.
Aida
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
excellent book. truly joaquin-ish
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I want to read this book how can I reed this online!!!
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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.

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