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It is one of the cities in Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines. It was where the former U. It was closed in when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. The naval base existed for 92 years.
Aside from that naval base, there were other US military bases throughout the country, e. There were others but these were the three that I was able to visit during those times America claimed that those bases were American territories and so Filipinos could not go inside any of those without a valid military pass.
I had some memories of how it was that seeing Americans, particularly American GIs, was a common everyday fare. Driven by their American dream, these prostitutes stopped using contraceptives hoping that a child will be their passport to the US. This is the reason why there are still some Caucasian-looking men and women in that part of Luzon.
Because they or their children or grandchildren look differently, they end up in showbusiness. When you bump into them, ask if they know how to speak kapangpangngan.
Chances are, they have American blood in their veins. But of course, not all of them will say that somewhere in their family history there was a Filipina prostitute who stopped using contraceptive due to her American dream. Needless to say too, that not all Americans who stepped on the Philippine soil were bullshits.
Of course not. But if you dig the archives regarding the stay of the Americans in the country, most of the stories were really sad. That includes this book. This book reminded me of those stories that I used to hear when I was growing up: how America was taking advantage of our natural resources and treating us like dirt. We saw it in a small movie house called Maricel Theatre along Abanao Street. I liked the movie not because I saw it for free and all of us four were together but because it was unforgettable.
To date, Gamu-Gamo is my favorite Ate Guy movie. It is a story of a Filipina nurse who is supposed to leave for the US to work. On the day prior to her departure, his younger brother is shot by an American GI because the poor brother has been mistaken for a wild boar. Those were happy times! Those were prized goods during that time because import liberalization was still unheard of. Many Filipinos got rich by shopping inside the bases and selling those outside and jacking up the prices twice to five times.
Now, those stores are all closed but some of them can still be seen along the roads. The then prized commodities can be bought in of any regular supermarkets all throughout the country. Well, I think the main reason why I really liked Gapo was that the way it was written. The prose is honest and fearless and her characters reflect those feeling. They know what they want freedom and they fight without being OA for it. The main protagonist is Mike a young blond man who was abandoned by a military GI when his prostitute mother got pregnant.
He sings in a nightspot called Freedom Bar and his repertoire mostly includes patriotic songs. He lives in a house own by his mother but his mother is already in Manila living with another man not his father because his father was a GI who left his mother when she got her pregnant.
There is no love between them and Mike hates Magda when the latter brings men to the house to have sex. This is one of the books that I was not able to relate to any of the characters yet I still really liked the story. In this case, the characters were the ones who made this truly special for me.
Aside from Mike and Magda, there are other characters that Bautista used to show other maltreatments Americans did to the Filipinos. And for that grit, I am saluting Bautista. She seems to me like a woman with balls. Very brave. I have no doubt that this book is a Filipino classic and will be read by many generations to come.
This is just simply brilliant.
Pagsusuri Ng Nobela (Gapo) ni Lualhati Bautista
Isa na rito ang Freedom Pad na bentang benta sa mga sundalong amerikano dahil sa aliw na ibinibigay nito tuwing sasapit ang gabi. Sikat sa bar na iyon ang mang-aawit na si Michael Taylor,Jr. Ang mga kinakanta ni Mike ay mga uri ng awiting pampasaya at pampatama sa mga kano. Hindi naman ito naiintindihan ng mga kano kaya tuwang tuwa pa rin sila na sumsabay sa musika. Abot langit ang kaligayahan ng may aring intsik dahil sa dami ng kostumer nilang mga kano. Bentang benta ang mga beer at ladies drink na halo lang naman ng mirinda at konting alak. Ang mga babaeng bayaran ay nakaakbay sa mga sundalong kano.
‘GAPÔ (at isang puting Pilipino, sa mundo ng mga Amerikanong kulay brown)
Ilan sa mga kasama rito ang diskriminasyon ng mga Amerikano sa Pilipino, pag-aalipusta sa mga Pilipina ng mga puti, at maging ang kawalang-bahala ng mga Pinoy o mas tamang sabihin na gobyernong Pilipino sa mga nangyayari sa lugar ng mga base militar. Nagsimula ang kuwento sa Freedom Pad, isang bahay-aliwan na matatagpuan malapit sa base ng mga Amerikano, kung saan nagtatrabaho bilang manunugtog ng gitara ang isang Michael Taylor Jr. Siya ay may maputing balat at blondeng buhok na nakuha niya sa kanyang amang Amerikano. Alam niya na sa kabila ng pisikal na kaanyuan, Pilipino ang dugong nananalantay sa kanya na nagmula naman sa kanyang inang si Lourdes, isang babaeng nagbebenta ng aliw. Lumilikha rin siya ng mga awiting nasa wikang Filipino na tumutuligsa kung hindi man nanunukso sa mga marinong Amerikano na nakikinig sa kanya dahil sa pag-aakalang purong Amerikano ang kumakanta.
It is one of the cities in Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines. It was where the former U. It was closed in when Mt. Pinatubo erupted.