Gapo Ni Lualhati Bautista: A Novel About The Lives Of Filipinos Under American Occupation
Gapo Ni Lualhati Bautista is a novel written by Lualhati Bautista, a Filipino author and activist. The novel was first published in 1988 by Carmelo & Bauermann Print. Corp. and won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 1979-80. The novel is set in Olongapo, a city in the Philippines that was once a base for the US military. The novel depicts the lives of Filipinos who live under the influence of American culture, politics, and violence.
The novel follows the stories of four main characters: Michael Taylor Jr., a white American security guard who kills a Filipino; Aling Magda, a Filipina who runs a bar and brothel for American soldiers; Benjie, a young Filipino who dreams of becoming an American; and Cora, a Filipina activist who fights for justice and sovereignty. The novel explores the themes of colonialism, racism, identity, and resistance. The novel also exposes the abuses and atrocities committed by the US military against the Filipino people.
Gapo Ni Lualhati Bautista is a powerful and realistic portrayal of the struggles and aspirations of Filipinos under American occupation. The novel is considered one of the best works of Philippine literature and has been translated into English and other languages. The novel is available for download in PDF format from various online sources, such as Archive.org[^1^] [^2^] and Open Library[^3^]. The novel is also available in print from various bookstores and libraries.
Bautista was not only a novelist, but also a screenwriter and an activist. She wrote scripts for several films based on her novels, such as Dekada '70 (2002), Bata, Bataâ Pa'no Ka Ginawa? (1998), and âGAPÃ (1986). She also wrote scripts for other films, such as Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984), Kadenang Bulaklak (1994), and Nasaan ang Puso (1997). She received several awards and recognition for her work in film, such as the Gawad Urian Award, the FAMAS Award, and the Metro Manila Film Festival Award.
Bautista was also a liberal activist and a political critic. She was involved in various movements and organizations that advocated for human rights, democracy, and social justice. She was a founding member of the Writers in Exile (Writers Involved in Social Action) during the martial law period. She was also a member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. She was vocal in her opposition to the Marcos dictatorship, the US military bases, and the corruption and violence under succeeding administrations.
Bautista died on February 12, 2023 at the age of 77 in Quezon City, Philippines. She left behind a legacy of literary excellence, social relevance, and feminist empowerment. Her novels have been widely read, studied, and appreciated by generations of Filipinos and other readers around the world. Her life and work have inspired many other writers and activists to continue her vision of a free, just, and humane society. 0efd9a6b88