Virtual Nation: Insights Into Contemporary Philippines
|Author||Sylvia L. Mayuga|
|Dimension||6 x 9, 500g|
Virtual Nation explores “a new way of being nation that Filipinos at home and all over the world are creating in cyberspace,” as it contends that Filipinos are “still creating the nation our revolutionary forefathers envisioned and died for.”
Most of the essays in this book are opinion columns originally written for online publication from 2003 to 2010. In those seven turbulent years major global challenges to peace and survival in the threefold crises of our time—ecological, economic, and spiritual—converged. That they emerged under the troubled Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presidency coeval with the war-torn, terror-laden George W. Bush years became a double spur to publish this book of “breaking history.”
She has been a journalist, essayist, poet, and documentary filmmaker with a weekly column in various Philippine-based publications since the late 1960s; an editorial associate for ERMITA magazine in the ’70s; and a columnist for the Bulletin Today and two “mosquito publications” in the mid- to late ’80s. In the ’90s she was founding chair of the Luntiang Alyansa para sa Bundok Banahaw, an NGO networking local communities to protect this historic pilgrimage mountain. She was back in Manila at the turn of the millennium, writing a weekly column for Inq.net and Philippine Star.
Two of her previous anthologies, Spy in My Own Country (1980) and Earth, Fire, and Air (1987–1988), won National Book Awards, as did the book Huling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo (2004). Virtual Nation is her fourth anthology.
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