This post is in response to a request for some information on Mercedes Jose. Sources are Soledad S. Reyes' Nobelang Tagalog 1905-1975: Tradisyon at Modernismo (from which parts of pages 166-67 are here translated) and Nobelista 75: Panimulang Talaan ng mga Nobelang Tagalog, 1900-1974.
Mercedes Jose was one of the young novelists in mid-1960's. Her novel Tatsulok (serialized in Liwayway from 28 November 1966 to 10 April 1967), which won second prize in 1965, had a traditional theme of a love triangle where a woman was loved by two men. Lauro, an irresponsible playboy, abused Cynthia a day before she was supposed to marry Gil. It had a simple plot but because of Jose's creative descriptions of her characters and their relationships with one another, it presented a clear story of love. Meanwhile, Jose's Ina... Ina (serialized in Liwayway from 6 September 1971 to 17 January 1972) made use of a conflict between two mothers who both would want to keep a child for herself. The novel is modern in its attempt to be realistic, especially in creating a believable verisimilitude. Also noticeable is the novelist's attempt for three-dimensional characters--it was able to combine the social and psychological aspects of the realistic mode. Other novels by Jose include Apat na Bulaklak (serialized in Liwayway from 26 August 1968 to 6 January 1969) and Madilim ang Langit sa Bayan Ko (serialized in Liwayway from 17 August 1970 to 28 December 1970).