Philippine Dept. of Education Call for Supplementary Materials

Self got an e-mail yesterday from alma mater Ateneo de Manila University. They’d been trying to reach her because the Philippine Department of Education wants to include her first collection of short stories, Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, in schools. It will be part of the supplementary learning materials (SLM) for Grades 7 to 12.

You know what that means, self’s Philippine publisher said. That means, they will order copies. Lots of copies. And if the publisher runs out of copies, they’ll have to print some more.

That book, self’s first, was one of five finalists for the Philippines’ National Book Award. She forgets who won that year. She told her Dad about it, and of all the things he could have said, he said this: “Do you know how famous your Mom used to be? She was so famous, she performed in Carnegie Hall!” Self had no answer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Novel-in-Progress: from a Priest’s Journal

Diary of Father Castellanos, Isla del Fuego, Philippines, 16 July 1731:

They are a most physical people, who cannot utter a word unless they have some part of their person touching yours. If you startle or shy away, they are quick to take offense.

Robert Louis Stevenson: TREASURE ISLAND, pp. 42 – 44

So far:

  • Two dead seamen
  • A close call for young Jim Hawkins and his mother
  • a blind beggar who turns out to be a pirate
  • a mysterious oilskin packet which contains “two things: a book and a sealed paper”
  • a Dr. Livesey
  • a discussion of whether Jim Hawkins deserves better than “a cold pie” (he does)
  • a mention of Flint, “the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that sailed . . . Blackbeard was a child to Flint.”
  • a mention of buried treasure

p. 44:

Perusing the papers contained in the “oilskin packet”: “This is the black-hearted hound’s account book. These crosses stand for the names of ships or towns that they sank or plundered.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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