05/11/2010 03:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why Did Miguel Syjuco Name The Main Character In His Novel Miguel Syjuco?

In Spanish, Ilustrado means "enlightened one." During the 19th century, it referred to the Philippines' European-educated literati, whose revolutionary ideas helped establish the foundations for Asia's first democracy. Fast-forward two hundred years and expatriate Filipino author Miguel Syjuco puts a modern spin on this dated term with his 2008 Man Asia Literary Prize winning novel, Ilustrado.

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