Magic-Realist Philippines

Truly there’s something magic-realist about this country, which makes you wonder why we didn’t discover that literary device first. Indeed which makes you wonder why media have to sensationalize stories. This is a country that has added whole new meanings to the saying that truth is stranger than fiction. You just report things faithfully and it would sound as though you invented it. The whole country eats surrealism, bathes in surrealism, lives surrealism.

– from Conrado de Quiros’ There’s The Rub, Philippine Daily Inquirer
June 4, 2012 

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Truly there’s something magic-realist about this country, which makes you wonder why we didn’t discover that literary device first. Indeed which makes you wonder why media have to sensationalize stories. This is a country that has added whole new meanings to the saying that truth is stranger than fiction. You just report things faithfully and it would sound as though you invented it. The whole country eats surrealism, bathes in surrealism, lives surrealism.

– from Conrado de Quiros’ There’s The Rub, Philippine Daily Inquirer
June 4, 2012

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