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Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines Paperback – March 15, 1999


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Marissa Roth is a photographer whose work appears regularly in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and other publications. Her photographic study about the children of the Philippines, "The Children Wear Old Eyes," was featured in a solo exhibition at the Lentz Center for Asian Culture at the University of Nebraska.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels The Gangster of Love and the award-winning Dogeaters; and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. She has adapted Dogeaters for the stage and is working on a new novel.
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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847821641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847821648
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marcelino Cruz on March 27, 2000
This is a beautiful collection of photographs. They speak about the lives of people we hardly see in pictorial collections about the Philippines. The faces of the people are real and desperate. I am reading Bino Realuyo's Umbrella country (which I love) and these pictures almost bring to life the images in the novel. I recommend this book (and realuyo's novel too).
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By RL on July 25, 1999
I recently got to see the photographs that make up this book at the Sepia Gallery in NYC. These photos are superb and very powerful. Roth has a fantastic eye--her photographs are beautifully composed, showing great attention to the nuances and details of her subjects. She has obviously spent a lot of time immersed in Filipino life and culture--and has the skills to capture it to film. As a photographer, I found her work very inspiring. Beyond the formal qualities, her photos present very moving glimpses of Filipino life. They are very powerful and showcase a wide range of scenes. I highly recommend this collection of photos (especially if you cannot see the exhibit in person).
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By maya m. balosbalos on February 12, 2003
I recently visited the country and although I did witness the harshness and depression, that is only a small part of the image I have of the Philippines. What is portrayed in this book is mostly the depressed side of the country: prostitution, sick children, dirty streets, calamity, unhealthy locals, poverty. Like I said, although I was a witness to all of these, I was also a witness to a colorful culture, hospitality, pristine islands, wealth of natural resources, preserved native and colonial architecture, Fiestas, Filipinos who are content in their simple lives, smiling children.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "kpatnugot" on June 23, 2002
The photographs brought together a variety of interesting images of the Philippines. As an amateur photographer, I have been searching for photographic books on the Philippines and I found the contrast of beauty and harsh reality very well put together. The only drawback was the poetry. I didn't feel that it captured the emotion of the images.
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