Manila, My Manila

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By Nick Joaquin

This engaging page-turner speaks volumes of Manila’s story century after century, decade after decade, starting from when Manila was still part of the vast ocean. It chronicles Manila’s opulent culture in a refreshing weave of words and wisdom.

From the Publisher

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 schools. This hardcover gift edition finally brings Joaquin’s celebration of his beloved City to readers throughout the world.

About the Author

A Manileno Born and Bred

Nick Joaquin is a Manileno born and bred. Born in Paco district in 1917, he dropped out of high school to work on Manila’s waterfront and read at the National Library. Eventually he became a proofreader at the Philippines Free Press, for which he also reported, under the pen name Quijano de Manila. Joaquin received the Araw ng Maynila Award in 1963, and the title of National Artist in 1976. In 1996 he was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Literature and Journalism.

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Manila, My Manila is available at all Power Books Specialty Store branches: Greenbelt, Alabang, Megamall and Glorietta

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