Author: Ma. Cecilia Y. Locsin-Nava
Ramon L. Muzones claims his rightful place in the national literature of the Philippines with Cecilia Locsin Nava's English translation of MARGOSATUBIG, a Hiligaynon novel that was to re-write the history of West Visayan fiction when it first appeared as a serial novel in 1946 in the pages of the popular magazine Yuhum. Muzones tells the story of a fictive Muslim state in Mindanao that loses its legitimate rulers through intrigue and treachery and how the hero-heir Salagunting leads the struggle to recover Margosatubig from the userpurs. Muzones shows himself a master of narrative inventon in 30 installment that unfold of wealth of precolonial lore that blended romance, adventure, fantasy, subtle eroticism, and geographic information that so fascinated magazine readers and Yuhum's weekly circulation jump fron 2,500 to 37,000.