I first met Gilda Cordero Fernando (GCF) four decades ago, in a freshman English class. We were assigned “People in the War,” a short story that was not “short.” It came in three parts, but was a surprisingly easy and delightful read that did not prepare me for its tragic end.
Gilda’s story opens with a detailed description of daily life at the tail end of the Japanese occupation, and closes with the so-called “Liberation of Manila.”
Although it has been 40 years since I first read Gilda’s story, I still remember a detail, about a proud Spanish family that had fallen on hard times and had to make a living taking in laundry from the neighborhood. At around noon, Seora Bandana would …
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