Author: Alvin B. Yapan
"Alvin B. Yapan looks through the characters in the folk stories of the past and the Bikol people of the present. He uncovers what so long has been concealed about their lives and deaths and changed them into more practical people. The use of folk stories complete the action marks a striking technical innovation, blending past and present while keeping the narrative moving into future...Like the oldways of story telling, the reader has to interfer from the description of events and situation as Yapan runs together the time of the epic with contemporary time. Thus, this, too, is the story of contemporary Bikol."