I’m delighted to find Joaquin’s books being made available today. It is only right that we keep his works alive. He is, without a doubt, the most talented of them all. One of the last of the old style Filipino writers who wrote in Spanish and English – in both he was a master.
A great artistic writer, Joaquin contributed much in Filipino literature and language but it was his struggle against the Leyenda Negra that I most admire. Here is a man, a college dropout, slugging it out with so called academic historians and yet he remained ever confident in his revelations about his discoveries on Filipino Historiography. His historical essays are among the most influential pieces of work-always disappointing his distractors while rewarding his admirers. His argument remains solid and well-founded to this day. He’s gifted with a mind that provides the simplest explanation of everything Filipino.
I’m sure someone has written a better article about ol’ Nick so I’m stopping here. I just have to write something when I saw the poster (above). Because of this man, I enjoy being a Filipino every day.