Foreign Eye on the Filipino

Somebody in the Filipino Readers Group (via FB) asked about books regarding the Philippines or a Filipino character written by foreign authors. Here's what I can share so far:


Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Tesseract by Alex Garland
Moondogs by Alexander Yates
Trash by Andy Mulligan
The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd

Other Stephenson book contain a Filipino character (Snow Crash) for a minor role same as in Joe Haldeman's Camouflage. The Filipino's character ranges from simple cameo (Gaiman's The Graveyard Book) to major role (Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers)


Impossible Dream by Sandra Burton
Hey, Joe by Ted Lerner
Pac Man by Gary Andrew Poole
Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew
In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham
Waltzing with a Dictator by Raymond Bonner
Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines by Katherine Ellison
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

It's different for Non Fiction especially in the History category where books about Filipinos are plenty. If you want to know more about the People Power of 1986, I recommend Sandra Burton's book. Melchor Hall's Engineering Library used to have the hardbound edition of this book on their shelf, and I enjoyed reading and rereading it in between exam study breaks.

Most of them are based on historical-cultural periods like EDSA 1, World War II, basketball, and of course, the PacMan. Books about the Marcoses are numerous so I have to pick the two most significant books here. Johnnie Johnson's travelogue A Virgin in the Philippines (see the double entendre?) is also similar to Ted Lerner's Hey, Joe.

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