A self-starter, he learned typing and stenography in English and Spanish all by himself. Attracted to the English language, he took special courses at the University of the Philippines in , then went to Columbia University for further studies in Literature. He was soon writing books of fiction, biography and philosophy, and his output was prodigious. This was later made into a movie in
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They were torn between fighting for their love or complying their responsibilities to their parents. Besides, there was Oscar who gave several quakes to their strong ties. Until one night, Oscar raped the beautiful Rosa. She was helpless that time like a gazelle in the teeth of a lion. At the end, Rosa died. He graduated at Pampanga High School and studied law but did not finish it.
Through self-teaching, he widened his knowledge which helped him in making his masterpieces. Galang was the first Filipino who wrote a novel in English.
Historical Analysis:Since Galang grew up in Spanish culture, probably he wrote the novel in accordancewith the era he was in but attacked it the other way around. Lucio was despised by the parents of Rosa. They did not want her to be married to an ordinary man.
With this circumstance, we could say that Galang wanted to show a fresh story to the people of his time. Biographical Analysis:Galang was a learned man. He enhanced his knowledge through immersion or social interaction. Didactically, experience is the best teacher, thus making Galang be exposed to the reality of life. With this, he was able to come up an idea which tackles about the weaknesses of people and he pointed out sorrow. Sorrow is already part of our system but only felt if triggered, right?
So, it is safe to say that Galang must have experienced the things that the characters in his story had encountered.
There is imitation. There is reflection. There is heart. Therefore, a masterpiece was unfolded. The novel tells a typical setting of a Filipino love story. It was set in a particular province or town in a time too far from the modern setting where technology is abundant and dominant, but it manifests certain characteristics of a love story which can still watched in televisions in the modern times. The scenes in the story are still seen in the present times, though it has been written in the past.
This makes the story eternal and timeless; from being in love at a young age, to the issues of fixed marriage, up to the societal issues such as bribery. The way the author writes the order of scenes, I can say that some of the scenes can be a little bit predictable, which can also be manifested in teleseryes in the modern times. Thissomehow set the standards or techniques of Filipino authors.
To add to it, the author madethe sequence of scenes organized, and often uses flashbacks, which can still be seen in modern Filipino Tele novelas. He spent most of his young life in their town known as the hometown of famed writers and artists. He was the first Filipino novelist who use English as a medium. He graduated from Bacolor Elementary School and he was also a product of Escuela de Derecho, a prestigious law school in the country, where he graduated in He also took up special courses at the University of the Philippines in , then went to Columbia University for further studies.
After which, he started writing. He was also the author of the first English novel written by a Filipino- "A Child of Sorrow", which was also made into a movie later in It was written by Zoilo M. Galang, a native of Mabalacat Pampanga. The novel was set in Merrytown one summer in the month of April. It was all about the tragic story of Lucio Soliman, a man who lived as a fanatic of books, who fell inlove with the beautiful and moral woman in the person of Rosa Garcia.
Their story ended up tragically and encountered almost all sorts of hindrances. The hardest was when Rosa was married to the selfish Oscar Ramirez. Lucio met Rosa in his vacation to Merrytown. When he first met her, he suddenly felt different, something beyond friendship, so did Rosa. After a couple of days, they met again, pushing Lucio to confess his love for Rosa.
He spent most of his vacation time with Rosa until such time came when he was about to returning o his provincial town. Leaving was hard for both of them, but they remained strong, strong until Lucio knew that Rosa was about to be married to Oscar. Many other circumstances came to test the love of Rosa and Lucio. Until they saw each other again, but hardly did they know that it would be the last time for Lucio to see Rosa alive.
Born into the prominent Marquez family of Quezon province, she was among the first generation of Filipino people trained in the American education system which used English as the medium of instruction. She was a member of the first freshman class of the University of the Philippines, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Santos and Francisco Arcellana. The annually held Paz Marquez-Benitez Lectures in the Philippines honors her memory by focusing on the contribution of Filipino women writers to Philippine Literature in the English language.
Although she only had one more published short story after "Dead Stars" entitled "A Night in the Hills," she made her mark in Philippine literature because the former is considered the first modern Philippine short story. For Marquez- Benitez, writing was a lifelong occupation. She held the editorial post for over two decades. Related Papers.
A Child of Sorrow
He spent his early life in a Bucolic town famed for its writers and artist. He lived with influenced of Spanish culture but was raised and gained consciousness under American culture. A self-starter, he learned typing and stenography in English and Spanish all by himself. Attracted to the English language, he took special courses at the University of the Philippines in , then went to Columbia University for further studies in Literature.
A Child of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang
He spent most of his young life in their town known as the hometown of famed writers and artists. He was the first Filipino novelist who use English as a medium. He graduated from Bacolor Elementary School and he was also a product of Escuela de Derecho, a prestigious law school in the country, where he graduated in He also took up special courses at the University of the Philippines in , then went to Columbia University for further studies. After which, he started writing. He was also the author of the first English novel written by a Filipino- "A Child of Sorrow", which was also made into a movie later in Summary The novel is the depiction of the life of Lucio Soliman- the main male protagonist.
Though, its title suggests its tragic ending, but still I on my part like the simple yet elegant story crafted in this novel by Zoilo Galang. Considering the fact that this is the first Filipino novel written in English, it follows suit that it lacks sophistication. The characterization, plot and setting of the said novel are simple. However, behind this simplicity, it is still a good try and a nice start for the future of novels being the youngest literary genre in the Philippines. The story is very well sequenced.