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The Crucible

An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla

Yay Panlilio and Edited and with an Introduction by Denise Cruz

Publication Year: 2010

In this 1950 memoir, The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla, Panlilio narrates her experience as a journalist, triple agent, leader in the Philippine resistance against the Japanese, and lover of the guerrilla general Marcos V. Augustin, from the war-torn streets of Japanese-occupied Manila, to battlegrounds in the countryside, and the rural farmlands of central California. Denise Cruz's introduction imparts key biographical, historical, and cultural contexts.

Published by: Rutgers University Press


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p. vii

Producing this edition of Yay Panlilio’s The Crucible has been an unforgettable experience. I gratefully acknowledge King-Kok Cheung and Richard Yarborough, whose advice and mentorship guided me through the early stages of this project; Candice Williams, who provided invaluable research assistance; Chris Cotoco, Nilo Cruz, and Nerissa Balce, who assisted with the finer points of Tagalog translation...

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pp. ix-xxviii

On December 8, 1941, Yay Panlilio found her life suddenly and irrevocably changed by the bombing of Pearl Harbor.1 Panlilio, a mestiza Filipina-Irish American woman, had moved from the United States to the Philippines and quickly ensconced herself in the capital city, Manila, as one of its most intrepid journalists.2 When reports of Pearl...

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The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay

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pp. 1-315

WE BELIEVE that we owe allegiance to America, and that the only flags to fly in this sweet air are the Stars and Stripes and the Philippine flag until such time as the Philippine flag flies alone. We want no independence by treachery. Our independence will come to us in the benevolent manner consistent with the way America treated us for more than two-score years, or we will get it in due time, on the field of battle if we still...


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pp. 317-318


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pp. 319-320

E-ISBN-13: 9780813548203
E-ISBN-10: 0813548209
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813546810
Print-ISBN-10: 0813546818

Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 1 illustration
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 610216461
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Crucible

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Subject Headings

  • Women journalists -- Philippines -- Biography.
  • Irish Americans -- Biography.
  • Women guerrillas -- Philippines -- Biography.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Filipino American.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Philippines.
  • Filipino Americans -- Biography.
  • Panlilio, Yay, 1913-1978.
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