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Minsa’y Isang Paruparo: Memoir


This memoir written in swardspeak chronicles the life of a bakla entertainer in Japan in the early 80s. The coded language using baklavolary recreates the milieu of the author. The challenge of writing an essay in swardspeak is the loss of the oral and aural texturality of language and its possible unintelligibility among non-beki speakers.

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