Cartography (Anvil, 1992); 1993 National Book
Award for Poetry, Philippines
The poems in this collection are based on the history of Baguio City, which was created as a colonial hill station for the American colonial government in the Philippines at the turn of the last century. The poems make imaginative journeys into the past, present, and future of Baguio, in order to ponder the connections between history, identity, and place.
The book received a National Book Award for Poetry from the Manila Critics Circle in the Philippines. In addition, at least fifteen of the poems from this volume originally received First Prize in the Palanca Awards for Literature (Poetry); the Palanca is the Philippines’ highest literary distinction, equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize.