The Milflores catalog is a list of titles that endeavor to promote learning, spark conversations, and fuel the imagination. With each title, it is hoped that readers find a book to love and cherish for a very long time.
Rizal in Saga: A Life for Student Fans
In 1996, on the occasion of the centenary of Jose Rizal's death, the esteemed Filipino writer Nick Joaquin wrote the biography of the country's premier hero Jose Rizal. Relying foremost on Rizal's own journals and his works, Joaquin's Rizal in Saga brings forth Rizal's humanity--his fears, his insecurities, his influences, and the fortitude that ultimately leads him to become, as Joaquin calls him, "the grandest of Filipinos."
In language distinctly Joaquin, Rizal's life and works are contextualized, coaxing the reader to understand Rizal, the man in conflict in the context of a country in turmoil. "Rizal's career illustrates the theory of challenge and response as the secret of progress. He started out timid and insecure; he ended up bold and confident. Rizal soared because his every response overshot the challenge. With each achievement, whether in science or letters or scholarship, he added one more cubit to his stature, until he could no longer decry himself as little."
This new edition of Joaquin's Rizal in Saga: A Life for Student Fans, introduced and annotated by Ambeth R. Ocampo, the country's foremost public historian and authority on Jose Rizal, contains new photographs from various sources as well as Ocampo's collection to bring Rizal the person and the saga that was his life, even closer to new student fans.
Hardcover, 308 pages
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
HARVEST MOON: Poems and Stories from the Edge of the Climate Crisis
“You could make an atlas of trouble out of this book, out of floods and droughts and fires and famines, out of the instability of what we counted on for our stability and our sustenance in body and spirit and hope. One of the questions that arises for me is what will sustain us through this period. We will need stories more than ever…"
From the Afterword by Rebecca Solnit
Harvest Moon is an anthology of loves and lives, of stories that thrive where borders and edges meet and where fates merge and collide like bodies of water seeking oceans and tides encountering clouds and landfall, habitats and hives. This anthology of 30 images and over 30 poems, stories, and essays about the climate crisis brings together writers, photographers, and artists from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America. The pages of this book span generations, countries, habitats, languages, and multiple realities.
Paperback, 336 pages
Trim size: 8" x 10"
R. Kwan Laurel
"Ongpin lives in these stories."
-NVM Gonzalez, National Artist for Literature
Digging our chopsticks into these stories, we examine a teenage boy raised in a strict Chinese household struggling to pass his Mandarin lessons; a radical teacher whose pure motives yield to miscalculated actions; a policeman and his insane friend's search for gold; a mathematical genius who dreams of leaving for Hong Kong; a Filipino sales clerk and his forbidden fondness for the eldest daughter of a Chinese businessman; a grandmother fighting an illness neither traditional medicine nor modern science can cure; a father's struggle to preserve his family's small business.
Brilliantly observed, these stories of people finding their place in a new world while struggling to hold back the seeping influences of their adopted country linger long after we've savored the feast that is Ongpin.
Paperback, 104 pages
Trim size: 5" x 8"
Why Keanu Reeves is Lonely and Why the World Goes On as It Does
Simeon Dumdum, Jr.
This collection of poems by Simeon Dumdum Jr. displays the breadth of his poetic sensibility. It has the spread of a wide blanket which takes into its folds both secular and religious topics and their public and private ramifications. With equal ease, and unobtrusively, he employs such forms as the sonnet, ghazal, haiku, sapphic, rhyme royal, sijo, and, of course, free verse, to give his topics the suitable organic architecture that they require. With Dumdum’s poetry everything is par for the course—science, politics, the environment, history, jazz, liturgy, suicide bombings, massacres, wars, and the lockdown caused by the pandemic. With these flow the undercurrents of grief, anger, worship, wonder and loneliness, and the poet’s love for his wife and family. All in all, a catholic--in the sense of all-embracing--collection.
Trim size: 4.5" x 6"
White Lady, Black Christ
A thriller involving a religious, cross-cultural conspiracy certain to shake the foundations of faith.
An explosion leads Dr. Chester Limhuatco’s to the discovery of Emily, the “white lady” he has been having visions of. To know her identity, he enlists the help of Jefferson Po, a government agent who works closely with Emily. Together, Chester and Jefferson pursue the mystery surrounding Emily and her involvement with Tata Peping, a modern day “Itim na Nazareno” or Black Christ.
Tata Peping heads the cult-like Brotherhood of the Blessed Black Nazarene, a group with a grand plan to violently awaken people from lies they have been told all their lives. Jefferson and Chester must prevent Tata Peping from achieving his nefarious goal.
Set in the midst of Quiapo, the heart of the frenzied devotion and veneration of the statue of the Black Nazarene, White Lady, Black Christ is a high-stakes pursuit of the truth behind a strange brotherhood and the rituals surrounding blind devotion and the search for salvation as told by a masterful storyteller.
Hardcover and paperback
ISBN (HB) 9789718280980
ISBN (PB) 9789718280966
5" x 8", 288 pages
The Reddest Rose Unfolds
Internationally acclaimed activist Liv Strömquist is on point with this collection of humorous comics essays about how historical and societal shifts have altered ― and perhaps destroyed ― "romantic love."
Activist Liv Strömquist’s The Reddest Rose responds to the question: Why does Leonardo DiCaprio date an endless string of 20-something models? Her answer ― in the form of this collection of well-researched, humorous comics essays ― tracks how philosophers and artists, from the Ancient Greeks to Beyoncé, conceptualized romantic love. Strömquist’s signature characters, drawn in a flat, blocky style, ask each other questions and offer sharp commentary as they guide readers throughout history and the change in societies' values, from showing love/loving to getting love/being loved.
"An amazing treatise on love--what is it, why do we look for it, how do we deal with it--framed by the love life of Leonardo di Caprio but which takes us back to Greece and forward to bryon and Beyonce. Read, chuckle, and learn. Highly recommended."--Ninotchka Rosca, author of State of War
"Waiiiiit, this isn't your kilig kinda komiks book. It is a well-written kinda research, with spectacular spread of dancing dolphons in the horizon."--Bebang Siy, manunulat ng It's a MensWorld