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On the tumultuous streets of Manila, eleven-year-old Gringo strives to make sense of his family and a world that is growing increasingly harsher before his young eyes. We meet Gringo's flamboyant older brother, Pipo, a defiant youth and the three-time winner of the sequined Miss Unibers contest. Also there is Daddy Groovie, whiling away his days with other hang-about men. And Gringo's mother, Estrella, moving through their ramshackle home, holding her emotions tight as a fist. And finally, Ninang Rola, wise godmother, who confides in Gringo a shocking secret from the past--and sets the stage for the profound events to come.
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