Filipino author Miguel Syjuco's whose first novel, Ilustrado :
... a satire of the chaos and violence of Philippine politics ...won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008, is interviewed in The New York Times by Joyce Hor-Chung Lau. The novel is released next month and features a main character who is called ... Miguel Syjuco!
And who better to write about the turmoil in the Philippines than someone who is the son of a politician? :
His real-life father, Augusto Syjuco Jr., known as Boboy, stepped down from a cabinet post in the government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to run for Congress in national elections on Monday.You can also hear an interview with Sujuco on NPR.