Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History

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Ateneo University Press, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 324 pages
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Waiting for Mariang Makiling is an engaging exploration of Philippine cultural history. It is striking for the diversity of texts it takes up: the legend of a mountain goddess, Pigafetta's discovery account of the Philippines, the life of a seventeenth-century Christian convert, the foundation narrative of a Marian shrine, colonial books of conduct, memoirs of Filipino intellectuals, a Bisayan love poem, political talk on radio, a dinner in nineteenth-century Cebu. A singleness of purpose guides the reader through a forest of texts toward an appreciation of the larger issues of cultural politics and nation formation.
  

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Contents

Waiting for Mariang Makiling 1
18
Rizal Reading Pigafetta
52
The Brief and Blessed Life of Miguel Ayatumo
87
The Epiphany of Pedro Calungsod
109
Stalking the Virgin
140
Catechisms of the Body
171
Deciphering a Meal
198
Reading Vicente Ranudo
218
Talking Politics
246
Time Memory and the Birth of the Nation
270
The Haunting of the Filipino Writer
297
Index
315
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