In her graphic memoir, Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me (2017), Lorina Mapa shares memories of her childhood, growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s, inspired by returning home to attend her father’s funeral.
Along the way, like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, readers receive an education on politics and culture.
(There’s also an awesome discography in the appendix. Like, seriously awesome.)
There are many disturbing stories about the Marcos’ regime, including one with ghosts, surrounding the construction of the Manila Film Centre, which workers had to rush to complete, resulting in more than a hundred deaths from scaffolding shortly before opening night.
“Ever since then, ghosts have been sighted roaming the building. It’s said the Manila Film Centre is one of the most haunted places in the Philippines.”