Masculadoll: Mga Sanaysay ng Buhay Bading na Di Buking

by Louie Cano
100 pages
ISBN - 9789718180652

Milflores Publishing, Inc. has released “Masculadoll: Mga Sanaysay ng Buhay Bading na Di Buking,” a collection of hilarious and insightful essays in Filipino on gay Filipino life by Louie Cano.

The title refers to muscular gays who are into pumping iron in gyms, a category to which the author belongs by virtue of his self-description: “Mukha siyang brusko, pero mas bakla pa siya kay Madonna.” Louie Cano is also the author of the widely-read collection of essays in English on the gay life, “Brusko Pink, King Kong Barbies & Other Queer Files,” and the first dictionary of the colorful Filipino gayspeak, “Baklese: Pinoy Pop Queer Dictionary.”

In his first collection of essays in Filipino, Louie puts to good use his training as a Creative Writer under the late Rene Villanueva in the award-winning children’s TV show, “Batibot.” His mastery of modern street Filipino is evident in this collection, which is an important contribution to this rapidly developing language—the lingua franca that will ultimately enable the emergence of a more unified Filipino culture that was fractionalized by centuries of colonization by two foreign masters.

The titles of the essays in the slim volume clearly signal the freshness and verve of Cano’s writing in Filipino, as in “Diva medida, siyete pulgada,” “Majess,” “Mga multong bakla sa tukador ni mudra,” and “’Nyetang Ex.” His latest essays are a major step towards achieving Louie’s cherished dream of being anointed a dyosah of Filipino gayspeak and gay creative writing.

The cover is by Alvin Fadriquela and the book design is by Zenaida N. Ebalan.

“Masculadoll” is available at all National Book Stores, PowerBooks, and other major book stores at P195 per copy.
Price: PhP 195.00

Posted on October 19, 2008