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These are classic storyteller tales that weave folklore, gossip, myth and everyday life into a compelling, satisfying tapestry. I recognize a retelling of the tale of Mariang Makiling's affair with a teacher at the Philippine High School for the Arts, a menage that is also a story of love, ambition, and loss. I also note a reimagination of the tale of a high-ranking woman bureaucrat who lost her life in a Tagaytay car accident during the Marcos era, the details of which are still whispered about ...more