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THE ROOSTER'S EGG
Pioneering World Folklore in the Philippines
In 1887, at the Madrid Exposición Filipina, a 23-year-old indio named Isabelo de los Reyes, living in colonial Manila, won a silver medal for a huge Spanish-language manuscript which he called El Folk-Lore Filipino. He composed this text in unwitting tandem with José Rizal (then aged 25), who was wandering around continental Europe composing the incendiary novel Noli Me Tangere, which earned him martyrdom in 1896 and, later, eternal status as Father of His Country and First Filipino.
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