#amreading: Manuel D. Duldulao

  • Tribal behavior encourages cliques. This, added to an urge to feel free and pursue pleasure, makes the Filipino resist the idea of being etched in a totem pole. Manila presents a picture of hurry and scurry, of hustle and bustle, or roaring and hasty moves. The cafes are loud with ideas. The raucous hawkers, peanut and loterry vendors, taxi drivers and salesmen, messengers and passengers all display some kind of Neapolitan velocity. But each one darts on his own. It reminds one of flitting fish, its circle-chasing without meaning, neither like the mainline thrust of Tokyo nor the ponderous roll of New York.

— from p. 54 of The Filipinos: Portrait of a People

About the author: Manuel Duldulao was born in Concepcion, Tarlac province, where his father was principal of the local elementary school. At the age of 14, Duldulao migrated to Manila, and spent twelve years in advertising. Now, he devotes himself to writing about Philippine art and culture.

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