Raymond Alikpala Of God and Men


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Praise for Of God and Men What is quite amazing is how clearly and honestly Raymond could express his painful moments as he grappled with the possibility of being a gay person, or the constant effort of putting up a manly persona and his fear of being found out. The Philippine Star The prose is like fizz from a soda bottle that had long been covered. The coming-out part of the book is written in prose that is shorter and more crisp, as if the liberated Raymond is taking a jaunty walk in the park. He has found his own voice, own friends, and finally a lover. ABS-CBN News “I am a gay man, a homosexual. I engage in sexual relations with the same sex. I have paid other men to have sex with me. I have never had sex with a woman. I have a husband.” Of God and Men is a beautifully written memoir of denial, love, hope and eventual acceptance. Born in the Philippines, Raymond Alikpala was an over-achiever and super-competitive in everything he did. A devout Catholic, he attended a prestigious school and college, and later took a Master of Laws before deciding to train as a Jesuit priest, before being expelled for committing a homosexual act. Alikpala was gay though he denied it to himself and everyone else. Embarrassed and depressed, his expulsion forced him to travel to Cambodia, where he began working with refugees. It was here, in the unlikeliest of places, that he found himself and God.
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