Miguel Syjuco is a Filipino novelist, journalist, civil society advocate, and professor at New York University Abu Dhabi. His debut novel, Ilustrado (2008), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won both the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Grand Prize at the Palanca Awards, his country’s top literary honor. His second novel, I Was the President’s Mistress!!, was published in April 2022 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Syjuco has worked as a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times, written for many of the world’s most respected publications, and spoken on Philippine politics and culture at the World Forum for Democracy and the World Economic Forum. He currently serves on the advisory councils of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, an international arts residency program, and the Resilience Fund, a project by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime to empower communities most threatened by criminality.
Novelist Miguel Syjuco on the subversive concept of baduy in Philippine culture....