Flowers from the Rubble: Book Review

Conrado De Quiros, author of the book Flowers From the Rubble, is too great a Filipino writer both in Journalism and Philippine Literature. He writes with a burning heart to tell the truth about Philippine Politics. Flowers from the Rubble is a collection of essays so virtuous from mediocre columns we often dash off in most publications.

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De Quiros is so right in every issue he wants to point out. In whatever related issues concerned in everyday news and features, he simply speaks with common sense. As we read each of his essay we automatically be reminded the world as complicated as it is, and ask ourselves why live in the world the way most people do. He makes readers break their hearts, but at the same time smile when he begins to describe children‘s laughter, beautiful aphorisms and songs.

For me De Quiros is not just an educator but a Messiah. He is impervious to criticisms. He speaks the truth while most of us usurp in a traffic jam or jump off a high cliff. Mixed metaphors are fantastic; Prose astounding. The genius of the book, like the Bible, is simply the truth.

Conrado de Quiros won First place in the 1985 Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature both for Short Story and Essay. He is a regular columnist and editorial for The Philippine Daily Inquirer.