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Reportage on Crime: Thirteen Horror Happenings That Hit the Headlines

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The thirteen narratives in this anthology of true crime stories transcend journalism by attempting analyses of character, motive, period and ambiance. What emerges is the picture of a fascinating decade: the 1960s.
Paperback, Reprint edition, 243 pages
Published 2009 by Anvil Publishing, Inc. (first published 1977)
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kwesi 章英狮
I don't know what really happened to the Filipino youth now a days, including me. I never understand why we love to read foreign novels and never tried to read books and short stories of our local authors and samples of our national artist, Nick Joaquin. Is it the youth or the education that mistakenly made Filipinos innocent to the beauty of there own people?

I've heard lots of praises bout Rizal and the other old bayanis (heroes) that I'm sickeningly bursting of knowledge of there lives and his
It's not quite as journalistic as I expected, the stories often have some editorialized comments regarding morality. But once I got over that, I found it pretty enjoyable. A bit of probably unintended hilarity with the juxtaposition of cheerfully bucolic 1960s Manila with the grisly crimes told here. Knifings at ice-cream parlors and hooligans fighting over bowling competitions. You couldn't make this stuff up. ...more
Michael David
Nick Joaquin is recognized by a good number of Filipinos to be among the greatest Filipino writers. With his well-written May Day Eve and Summer Solstice, he certainly made a good case for himself.

However, even in spite of his wide knowledge of the modern classics from Fitzgerald to Hemingway, his journalism is but a pale attempt at evocation when compared to greats such as Norman Mailer or Truman Capote. His work is nevertheless extremely interesting: in Boy Sta. Romana's story, I discovered t
Ara Santiago
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reportage on Crime is a collection of 13 grim stories with lush poetic writing style painting the old Manila as the pitiful host of scandals and carnage. As each chapter presents a different tragic story, I found some are easier to chew than the others. Even though Nick Joaquin's impassioned writing is present in the book as a whole, there are moments when I couldn't feel any empathy towards any of the characters be it the victim or the murderer (with all their sob-story background).

The first f
Brian Codilan
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
He is the EA Poe of the Philippine Literature, no doubt about it. These 13 horror happenings took place way back in dekada-sisenta when crimes were, just like of today's, too brutish to air on radios/tvs and you'd wish did not actually happened to a life. ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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The headlines that dominated the Philippine crime scene of the sixties. A different era, a different place. The same inherent corruption: the powerful will get away (case in point: Banjo Laurel). Except in the case of Maggie de la Riva's rapists. ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Pretty good read. Particularly moved by the story of Boy Vergel, and cringed at the crimes in a house on Zapote Street and at the RCA office. A few chapters had intros that were too long, but the stories were interesting nonetheless.

It’s a crime to not read this book. Hehe
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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In the dimly lit streets and uneven stone cold pavements of Manila, criminal minds lurk in every corner. The city lights coming from the nearby disco bars and blinking street lamps illuminates all the crime happenings every night. Nick Joaquin’s, “Reportage on Crime: Thirteen Horror Happenings That Hit the Headlines” is a collection of thirteen true crime happenings that happened during the early 1960’s. Armed with his skills in prose and fictional writing, he combined straight-to-the point jour ...more
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In the 1960s, where the year blues music was starting to become popular, the year Marcos would ascend to the Presidency, the year Man would walk to the Moon, the Philippines was hit with Crime that shocked the entire islands. Although not as horrifying as today, it can still strike into our hearts, and bring terror to anyone who reads it. As a journalist back then, Nick documented these thirteen stories, and made it to his anthology. Nick analysed the different circumstances that led the charact ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Hooked me with the first 2 stories, after which it went downhill and I read just to finish up. Nice peek into that old decade in Manila though. With side story of Erap too!
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