Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

Well I finally finished Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco, and here is what I think. It’s not good, it’s not bad, but I think it’s awesome for the Philippines. Chuck (Miguel) was able to capture a certain part of Philippine culture, albeit a sliver, but it was honest and well-described. If you want to find out what some of those socialites on the cover of a magazine or in the columns of a newspaper are thinking, this it. To be more specific, if you want to find out what those people in society column photographs but don’t actually want to be there and want to be artists, are thinking this book is for you. And I’m not being droll about it. It is a well crafted book and deserves it’s praise. And what’s awesome is you can get it in our bookstores for just 385 pesos. It is indeed worth a read. This and Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew. Anyway, now I’m off to read A History of the Philippines by Luis Francia to finish my Filipino book triumvirate for 2010.

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