What can you say about Filipino literature


When one mentions the traditional healers of the Philippines, those who are unfamiliar with the country think first and foremost of the well-known and spectacular psychic surgeons with Philippine characteristics and wrongly, since these are not really traditional healers, but a rather new form. I shall conclude with a few critical remarks on this subject.

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