Nick Joaquín

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Joaquín, Nick


Born 1917 in Manila. Philippine writer and journalist; writes in English.

In the 1940’s, Joaquín studied at St. Albert’s College in Hong Kong. He decided not to devote his life to the church, however, and became a journalist. Joaquín began publishing in 1937. He gained popularity in 1952 with the publication of his collection Prose and Poetry. His short stories and poems are notable for their psychological insight and profound philosophy. Joaquín published the play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino in 1950 and the novel The Woman Who Had Two Navels, in 1961. Both these works express nostalgia for the Spanish past of the Philippines; by glorifying the past, Joaquín criticizes the present.

On the whole, Joaquín writes in a realistic style; nevertheless, he also uses stream-of-consciousness techniques. In numerous essays he opposes the pointless imitation of Western (mainly American) models and defends the originality and independence of Philippine culture. Joaquín has translated poems by J. Rizal.


La Naval de Manila and Other Essays. Manila, 1964.
In Russian translation:
In Filippinskie novelly. Alma-Ata, 1973.
In Sovremennaia filippinskaia poeziia. Moscow, 1974.


Casper, L. “Nick Joaquín.” In his book The Wounded Diamond. Manila, 1964.
Philippine Fiction. Edited by J. Galdon. Quezon City [1972].


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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That is the title of National Artist Nick Joaquin's book of essays, published in 1980 by National Book Store under his journalistic nom de guerre, Quijano de Manila. Many of the essays first saw print in the 1950s and the 1960s, when Joaquin was a journalist at the Philippines Free Press.
Joaquin's Quijano de Manila pseudonym was my inspiration, years later, to use Conde de Makati as my own pseudonym in a magazine column.
Starting as a proofreader for the Philippines Free Press , Joaquin rose to contributing editor and essayist under the nom de plume "Quijano de Manila" ("Manila Old-Timer").
Nick Joaquin I remember meeting Quijano de Manila and being interviewed by this very inebriated genius.
Since high school, Mabesa had been an avid reader of Joaquin's reportage (as journalist Quijano de Manila) in the Philippines Free Press magazine.
First editions of Kurt Vonnegut, tattered Quijano de Manila reportages, bootlegged Salman Rushdie at the height of fatwa, complete sets of Asimov and Tolkien, to name a few.
A look into Nick Joaquin's fashion sense- part of the 'Aparador ni Quijano de Manila' exhibition at CCP celebrating the writer's birth centennial
Also known as Quijano de Manila, not a few consider him the most important Filipino writer after Jose Rizal.
He was also known as Quijano de Manila, an anagram of his family name.
But Quijano de Manila (his surname) soared in my imagination through the years-in my personal quest of reading anything and everything Philippine Literature in English.
Joaquin, who authored numerous profiles and crime stories under the pen name Quijano de Manila, furthered: 'There are no hack-writing jobs, there are only hack writers.
Joaquin had a long career as a journalist and editor, often writing under the pen name 'Quijano de Manila.' He even wrote a column for the Inquirer called 'Small Beer.' He was conferred the Order of the National Artist in 1976.