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Desaparesidos is a novel by award-winning writer Lualhati Bautista. It tells the story of a mother's search for her missing child after a military outbreak. This 226-page book was published by Cacho Publishing House in 2007. It contains an introduction written by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera.

About the book

In Spanish and Portuguese language, the term “desaparecidos” refers to the “disappeared people” at the time of Operation Condor in the 1970s and 1980s. At present, the term is more often associated with the act of forced disappearance of victims of political or social terror.[1]

In this novel, “deseparasidos” is defined by author Bautista in different contexts. According to a Philippine Daily Inquirer article, the book title refers not only to friends and relatives who went missing due to political and military upheavals; it also refers to “the disappearance or absence of activist parents in the lives of their children as they elude arrest to pursue their revolutionary goals.”[2]


In 2016, a play based on Desaparesidos was performed, inspired by the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.[3] It was adapted and directed for the stage by Guelan Varela-Luarca, and received positive feedback from the public. Another theater production ran in 2018 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

External links


  1. Gonzalez, Felix Rodriguez. Spanish Loanwords in the English Language: A Tendency towards Hegemony Reversal.
  2. Her Father's Daughter. Philippine Daily Inquirer article by Pennie Azarcon dela Cruz. Accessed 2 February 2009.
  3. Desaparesidos at Arete, Ateneo de Manila University. National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Accessed on 29 May 2021.



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