The Mayor of Olongapo

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1960s & '70s

Hamlin Tallent

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Blue Morrison, a young naval aviator, visits the Philippine port city of Olongapo, infamous for its adult entertainment. He commits the taboo of falling for a Filipina and faces the scorn of his squadron mates. Evil lurks.


Action,Drama,Young Adult,Romance

Short Summary

Blue and his friend, Magic, visit Olongapo to have a gift made for their aircraft carrier's departing admiral. Blue meets Lori, a shop owner, and falls for her. He wins Lori's father over, but suffers the scorn of his friends and commanders. But Magic has a history there, too, and danger awaits.

Blue bends to peer pressure and turns his back on Lori. Magic's past catches up with him and his tragedy affects Blue deeply. Blue finds a way out of his confinement on the aircraft carrier and joins Lori.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Blue Morrison

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Modest,Romantic,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Lori Santiago

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Modest,Charming,Confident,Sexy,Romantic,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Magic Sharentino

Age: 35

Gender: Male


Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Outspoken,Leader,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

The Mayor of Olongapo tells the story of not only two young lovers but also the dark, and largely unknown, side of American and Filipino history. The American occupation of the Philippines places the story into context but it delves into the more modern scorn American Sailors showed for their Filipino hosts during port visits. It graphically shows the seamy side of prostitution and vice. The story is about the difficulty of facing peer pressure and weakness but strength and self leadership emerge. The story is important, especially today, as movie audiences appear more willing to embrace difficult subjects. It is also important because it tells about the Philippines, a country whose story goes virtually untold.

About The Author

Hamlin Tallent grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and joined the navy following college graduation. He served as a naval aviator for 32 years, retiring as a rear admiral. Hamlin worked in the defense industry for fourteen years before retiring and writing. He has written two novels, with a third out to publishers.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Filipino-Americans, navy, veterans

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Braveship Books

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available