Love & Other Firsts
by Tilay Angbetic
It’s summer 1975 and the Philippines is in the grip of martial law. Yet fourteen-year-old Ligaya has a more gripping concern: to persuade her snip-happy mother to lift her longstanding ban on long hair. Ligaya succeeds and enters her sophomore year with a new look and a new outlook. She sets out to become class president, top student, and a girl that for once, a boy would look at twice.