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Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me

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"A wonderful graphic memoir, tinged with humor and tenderness. An intimate look at Philippine society and culture, but above all, a deeply endearing father-daughter love story." —Michel Rabagliati

When she learns of her beloved father's fatal car accident, Lorina Mapa flies to Manila to attend his funeral. Weaving the past with the present, Mapa entertains with stories abou
Paperback, 140 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Conundrum Press
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David Schaafsma
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Filipino Canadian Lorina Mapa pens a very interesting graphic memoir prompted by the death of her father, which led her back from Canada to Manila, and a flood of reminiscences about her life there and its culture. It’s also a father-daughter love story, a tribute to him with anecdotes of the times they had together, but the most enduring part of the story for me is her stories of the 1986 People Power Revolution/EDSA where we read about the fall of Marcos, which was a kind of bloodless revoluti ...more
Skye Kilaen
I really enjoyed this memoir, which begins when Mapa learns her beloved father has passed away. She travels from Cana back to her childhood home in Manila for the funeral, which prompts memories of her childhood. Mapa does a great job weaving together and balancing personal and family memories with recollections of the 1986 revolution that overthrew Ferdinand Marcos and re-established democracy in the Philippines. Her art is clean and expressive, and her storytelling style had me completely abso ...more
Teri Pardue
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Months ago, my sister alerted me to the upcoming release of this book. I have had it sitting in my Amazon cart just waiting for it to come out. It was worth the wait!

Lorina Mapa has created a beautiful, haunting memoir. It connects her father's death in the recent past, with her growing up in the Philippines in the 80s (during the Marcos regime and subsequent EDSA revolution).

This book has some laugh-out-loud moments. Showering with a tabo and buying playboy bunny tsinelas are things that will
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
One of my good friends from junior high moved with her family to Manila in 1984; they came back for an extended visit the following summer with a couple of cousins in tow, and I bonded with her cousin Alfie over our mutual love of Depeche Mode and support for Cory Aquino despite the Reagan Administration propping up the Marcos regime (hey, I had opinions even as a dumb kid!). We corresponded for a while when the whole family moved back to the Philippines at the end of the summer but eventually l ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The title of this book is totally misleading. When you see that the author put the name of the band first, you think that most of the plot will be taken by music, and politics will come second. The truth is that the core of the story is politics and the People Power Revolution. There is music in the text but it takes about 2-3 pages in the middle and some in the end, when the author finds peace with herself and comes back to her roots, but it is really not enough for the book which title makes y ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Die Verwebung der Zeitgeschichte mit der eigenen Biographie hat mich sehr überzeugt. EineSeite der ansonsten in Schwarzweiß gehaltenen Graphic Novel setzt eine weitere Farbe ein - schaut Euch den Effekt an!
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, canada, asia, history
Sympaattinen sarjakuvaelämäkerta, joka alkaa Lorinan saamasta suruviestistä: rakas isä on kuollut. Lorina lähtee kotimaahansa Filippiineille järjestelemään hautajaisia ja tapaamaan perhettä ja sukua. Samalla surutyö vaatii oman osansa ja hän käy läpi omaa ja kotimaansa historiaa. Henkilökohtaisen ja yleisen yhdistäminen toimii ja aihepiiri (Filippiinien sisäpolitiikka ja kuohunta 1980-luvulla) oli minulle uusi ja kiinnostava. Piirrosjälki ei vain aivan miellyttänyt silmääni, mistä syystä lukukok ...more
Even though my high school history classes were assuredly more expansive than other high school history curriculums (aka we did spend a good amount of time on non-Western histories), I really didn't know much about the history of the Philippines when I saw the book DURAN DURAN, IMELDA MARCOS, AND ME by Lorina Mapa. But I did know that I like Duran Duran, as New Wave is my JAM! I mean, sure, I knew about Imelda Marcos and her shoes, but not much else. So I was interested to check this one out to ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just started reading this; I'm on page 43. Some thoughts. I know memory does not work in a linear fashion, so I will concede that the narrative meanders because of memory. Memory itself is subjective, so the kind of over-simplicity and sentimentality Mapa writes towards the beginning of the narrative, I want to attribute to that subjectivity, and maybe also to the fact that this work is directed at younger readers.

There's this section I am currently reading, about why the Philippines is not m
Mateen Mahboubi
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple art and great story made this an easy and enjoyable read. Mapa's family was right in the thick of things during the turbulent 80s in the Philippines and she is able to share her wonderful experience living through those times. The only thing that I missed was having more of her own perspective during the People Power Revolution. The general description of those times was appreciated by me since I wasn't as familiar with the events but it was also the chunk of the book which wasn't told fr ...more
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
"A fascinating glimpse into another culture and time from a deeply personal perspective likely to appeal to readers who might not normally read comics."

Read the rest of Sarah's review on the library's blog:
Maria Olaguera
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh, cry and remember. How strange and marvellous to see parts of my own childhood drawn out, and to read in Mapa's clear, honest prose some of my own thoughts and feelings that I've kept locked away. A shining example of how casting a look back can point the way forward.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A touching memoir that draws connections between family life, the political situation in the Philippines and a good dose of 80's pop culture. The drawings are clear and complement the narrative well. In addressing family the story includes themes of religion, identify, politics and class struggle.
Rod Brown
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This memoir is about the childhood of a woman who grew up in an upper class, politically-connected family in the Philippines during the fall of the Marcos regime in the 1980s. As the title suggests, as a kid she was obsessed with English and American pop music. Being fairly close to her in age, I was into a lot of the same music and remember being mildly aware of the political developments in the Philippines. The 80s retro stuff is a fun way to offset the drier historical bits.

It was interesting
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMg, such a moving, beautifully told story.
Thomas Andrikus
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this Filipina-Canadian lady's memoir of her days growing up in the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s gives me a sense of longing for a country I have never visited....a country with whom my eastern Indonesian ancestors shared a somewhat close connection.

Having lived in Montreal for around a decade at the time of writing, Lorina Mapa experienced a series of flashbacks when she received a sudden news of her father's demise. These flashbacks were the main story of the book, with the Marcos
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me is the 2017 graphic memoir by Filipino-Canadian Lorina Mapa, describing her coming-of-age during the rule of aspiring-despot Ferdinand Marcos in the late 70s/80s, as well as her coming to terms with the death of her much-beloved father. In works well as both a personal memoir and a retelling of a historical drama (specifically the 1986 People Power Revolution), but the two narrative arcs never quite mesh with one another.

The story is, first and foremost, about
mary andrikus
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good graphic memoir. Funny thing is (but totally unrelated), I just finished reading a graphic novel "Just So Happens" by Fumio Obata that has a similar storyline: the main character, who is a woman, moved to and adjusted on living in a developed English-speaking country but had to come back to their ancestor/origin country due to their father's death.

This graphic novel by Lorina Mapa shared her personal story during her childhood with Philippines' revolution history as the backg
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix, autobio, history
Filipino Canadian Mapa has penned an engaging graphic memoir of her childhood in the Philippines during the end of the Marcos regime, with an 80s new wave soundtrack to match the times. Her memories are prompted by her father's death in a car accident, and her return home for the first time in 20-odd years for his funeral. As we learn early on, Mapa came from a fairly privileged background which seems to have led to some blind spots in her characterizations of Filipino society. Her claim that Fi ...more
This uplifting graphic memoir is full of love for the author's family, joy in her Filipino culture, and pride in the political power of her countrymen. Upon returning to the Philippines as and adult for her father's funeral, the author, Lorina Mapa, shares her memories of growing up in the eighties, complete with soundtrack, surrounded by her warm and joyous Filipino family. She also unfolds the story of growing authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos and how the citizens banded together in powe ...more
Dakota Morgan
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lorina Mapa flies to the Philippines for her father's funeral and, in the process, explores her family's Philippine history. Society and culture play huge and fascinating parts in this story - knowing next to nothing about the Philippines, I was absolutely enthralled. Lorina's family story is just as interesting, with her mother and father both coming from powerful, connected families. The details are the best, though - what Lorina was listening to growing up, what she was eating with her grandm ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Memoir that includes the transition from the Marcos regime in the Philippines to that of Corazon Aquino. I'm motivated to learn more about the history of the Philipines now, but anyhow this isn't a whole history of the country, just the portion of the coup that the author remembers, couched in a story about mourning her father. The author does a great job of describing her family- and community-filled childhood and missing it as an adult.
My favorite part was about hearing "Blasphemous Rumors" fo
A beautiful and funny reflection on Mapa's childhood in the Philippines. Mapa expertly weaves her experience into a brief Filipino history lesson specifically around the Marcos dictatorship. The illustrations were delightful and the historical aspect of it was interesting and informative. I found the structure to be a little simplistic and predictable but that did not stop me from seriously enjoying the volume! I'm excited to see what other things Lorina Mapa puts out!
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
While I was aware of the notoriety of Imelda Marcos' shoe collection (mostly due to quips from my mother and aunts), I am shamefully uneducated about the toppling of the Marcos regime in the Philippines in the 80s. Actually, I feel unknowledgeable in general about what happened in the world during the years of my childhood (80s-early 00s), so this was a decent introduction. Also, all the New Wave.
C.K. Martin
Lorina Mapa's wonderful graphic memoir gave me waves of nostalgia - we shared all the same eighties crushes and intense love of eighties music (how many times did my heart break listening to Tears for Fears album The Hurting? Too numerous to count). I feel this so strongly too: "There is a certain window in age (for me it was between 11 and 18) when your reaction to music is so powerful and pure that nothing you listen to afterwards can grab at your emotions in the same way." (page 63 ) Mapa's i ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had higher hopes for this book. I think I am around the same age of the author but unfortunately I did not relate to her very much. Unlike Mapa, I was born in the U.S. and my family in the Philippines was certainly not in the same socioeconomic class as hers. I do applaud her taste in music, though.
Cheriee Weichel
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Lorina Mapa tells of growing up in the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos. It's revealed in flashbacks as she returns from Canada for her father's funeral.
I learned a lot about the history and culture as I read it. As someone who comes from a large connected family I especially felt her loss when she moved to Canada, so far from all of her relatives.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a graphic memoir written by a middle-aged wealthy Filipino Canadian immigrant who spent her teenage years living in the Philippines. The mid-section of the book features an inspiring account about the People Power Revolution from 1986. Sadly, Duran Duran plays only a minor role in this tale!
Sasha Boersma
The book reads like an ode to the author’s father. Some lovely memories of growing up in the Philippenes and family life.

The historical elements were interesting, but really heavy for her style of storytelling. Lots of words to take in, images not necessarily reflecting the depth. Book could have been longer to present the historical elements in more details.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent memoir by Lorina Mapa about her life growing up in the Philipines during the turbulent years of the 1980s. It's also a loving portrait of her family and how she comes to terms with the death of her father. I will recommend this to high school teens who enjoy graphic memoirs with a dash of musical and political history thrown in as well.
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