Myself, Elsewhere

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Myself, Elsewhere (book cover)

Myself, Elsewhere is both an autobiography and memoir of old pre-war Ermita it was written by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and published by Nakpil Publishing in 2006.


About the book

“Myself, Elsewhere” is both an autobiography and a memoir of old pre-war Ermita. It is not the usual compilation of published essays, but entirely new and original materials written in a few months in 2006. it covers the period between 1922, the start of what Nick Joaquin called Manila's “most glittering decade” and 1945, the destruction of Manila. The gentility of pre-war Ermita makes for dramatic contrast to the brutality of the battle that destroyed it.

Writing at age 84 about her girlhood in Ermita before World War II, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, offers both the in innocent candor of the young and the worldly wisdom of old age. Using flashbacks and fastforwards, Mrs. Nakpil provides historical background and foreground to the highly personal account of her early years and family history. This book also describes the cultural frame, the manners, and morals, gossip and intrigue of a small Filipino town on Manila Bay during the first half of the 20th century and it does so with humor and also sorrow over its tragedy.

External link


  • Nakpil, Carmen Guerrero. "Myself, Elsewhere." Manila: Nakpil Publishing, 2006.



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