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Orang is a short novel written by Jose Diaz Ampil published in 1910. It is a love story and at the same time a social critique of the American colonial administration.


The novel opens with two men conversing about the social conditions of the time: the high taxes burdening the people, the incapacity of government officials to assuage the suffering of the poor. What follows is a narrative depicting the effects of the said social ills as experienced by two lovers, Orang and Emong. The two love each other very much and want to get married. However, Emong feels he could not endure the thought of making Orang experience the miserable and desperate life he leads. He kills himself, and Orang, finding the loss unbearable, takes her life as well. The novel closes with rumors of a ghost haunting their place--Orang, herself.

External Link


  • Orang at Filipiniana.Net (Accessed on April 30, 2008)
  • Ampil, Jose Diaz. Orang!. Manila, Philippines: Limbagan ni Estrella, 1910.



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