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Children of the Ash-Covered Loam

The title of DJ Yap's article says it all: "Fire destroys NVM Gonzalez literary works" (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 November 2005). NVM Gonzalez was proclaimed National Artist for Literature in 1997. (Note: The NCCA site says—incorrectly—that he was given the award in 1990.) One of the short stories he wrote was "Children of the Ash-Covered Loam."

There is still, of course, the website devoted to Gonzalez and his works, but it is by no means complete. And definitely not the same as having the papers themselves. It is only now that I truly appreciate what I wrote about in "Preserving Our Cultural Heritage."

Category: The Philippines

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