On Ang Ginto sa Makiling (1947) by Macario Pineda

Aliwan Blg. 92. 122 pages.

The enchantment that was Makiling produced varied types of people in the novel: those who had faith in it, like the reporter, also the narrator; those who laughed at it, like Bato who made fun of the letter insinuating that Mariang Makiling could be the reason for the disappearance of an old woman; and those who just didn’t care, like the editor of the publications. From there, the papers became a site of discourse—where the fantastic and the real were equally mere subjects of writing: they were both just words that could be narrated, exposed and argued about.

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