Of cocks and hens

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Of cocks and hens

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philippine studies
Ateneo de Manila University • Loyola Heights, Quezon City • 1108 Philippines

The Stories of Alejandro R. Roces

Arturo G. Roseburg Philippine Studies vol. 6, no. 2 (1958): 139–154 Copyright © Ateneo de Manila University Philippine Studies is published by the Ateneo de Manila University. Contents may not be copied or sent via email or other means to multiple sites and posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s written permission. Users may download and print articles for individual, noncommercial use only. However, unless prior permission has been obtained, you may not download an entire issue of a journal, or download multiple copies of articles. Please contact the publisher for any further use of this work at philstudies@admu.edu.ph.

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The Stories of Alejandro R. Roces
ARTURO 6. ROSEBURG

LEJANDRO R. Roces was born in Manila on 13 July 1924 of a prominent family that has been connected with newspaper and magazine publishing for many decades. The Roces family is the country's biggest publisher of newspapers and weeklies in several languages and dialects. Lately two of the author's brothers have entered politics. Roces finished high school a t the Ateneo de Manila, after which he went to the United States to tqke up engineering a t a New England university, but for reasons of health he went west and took up liberal arts a t the University of Arizona.

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Roc= became a writer by accident. While an undergraduate a t Arizona he kept telling stories to his American roommate, who happened t o be a writer, in the hope that the latter might use them as material for his stories, but the American told him one day to write them up himself. Roces did. His first attempt, We Filipinos Are M l Drinkers, won a literary id award from the University of Arizona. Since then he has won five other awards from his alma mater. His stories have been published in several American magazines: The Arizona...