How long was the walk?

Short Stories 2 Comments »

One of my favorite short stories of all time is, Long Walk to Forever. It was a story that we studied when I was in third year highschool. Oh, there are so many things I remember in third year. Ma’am Lorna Cruz was our English teacher and she’s very close in my heart.

I want you to read the story and tell me, how long was the walk.. Enjoy! :)

True Love

relationship, Short Stories 6 Comments »

Moses Mendelssohn, the grandfather of the well-known German composer, was far from being handsome. Along with a rather short stature, he had a grotesque hunchback. One day he visited a merchant in Hamburg who had a lovely daughter named Frumtje. Moses fell hopelessly in love with her. But Frumtje was repulsed by his misshapen appearance. When it came time for him to leave, Moses gathered his courage and climbed the stairs to her room to take one last opportunity to speak with her. She was a vision of heavenly beauty, but caused him deep sadness by her refusal to look at him. After several attempts at conversation, Moses shyly asked, “Do you believe marriages are made in heaven?”, “Yes,” she answered, still looking at the floor. “And do you?” “Yes I do,” he replied. “You see, in heaven at the birth of each boy, the Lord announces which girl he will marry. When I was born, my future bride was pointed out to me. Then the Lord added, ‘But your wife will be humpbacked.’ “Right then and there I called out, ‘Oh Lord, a humpbacked woman would be a tragedy. Please, Lord, give me the hump and let her bebeautiful.’ “Then Frumtje looked up into his eyes and was stirred by some deep memory. She reached out and gave Mendelssohn her hand and later became his devoted wife.

Barry and Joyce Vissell

Chicken Soup for the Soup

The Wedding Dance

Short Stories 3 Comments »

When I was fixing my “abubot”, I found a short story which we have studied in high school. I can’t prevent myself from reading it again.

The Wedding Dance is a short story written by Amador T. Daguio (1912-1965). He was born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. He lived in the Mountain Province until he was 12 years old. He went to Rizal High School(my alma mater) in Pasig City and at 16, he entered the University of the Philippines, where he graduated in 1932 with a Ph. B. degree. He obtained an M.A, degree from Stanford University on a Philippine Government scholarship in 1952.

The Wedding Dance is about a husband and a wife leaving in the Northern part of the Philippines. As the author described the setting of the story, I believe it is somewhere in Ifugao.

Awiyao and Lumnay are the main characters. I remember the movie, Don’t give up on us (which starred Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual).There was a scene in that movie where they attended a wedding dance. I’m not sure, but it could be a tradition of the Ifugao to have a wedding dance.

In the story, Awiyao has to leave Lumnay and marry another woman, for inspite of being a great wife, Lumnay can’t give him a child. It is said that there is an unwritten law that a man may take another woman, if his wife can’t give him a child. In the mountains before, our fellow Filipinos belonging to ethnic groups rely more on their traditions and cultures.

Awiyao has to take another woman inspite of his love for Lumnay in longing for a child. A child, who will continue his bloodline to live in their tribe. Lumnay once said to herself, how does that woman knows if she can give Awiyao a child? How can anybody know? She’s right, not unless both of them will undergo medical examinations.

I don’t know but I was really moved by this story. I felt the pain that Lumnay had in her heart when Awiyao left. Though in the later part of the story, she decided to go to the dance and thought of talking to the chief of the village, to the elders to tell them that it was not right. She was able to make it to the place where the wedding dance is taking place. But then, she backed off. Maybe because of his great love for Awiyao, that she’d rather be in pain than see Awiyao being mocked at his back for not having a baby.

Lumnay showed not only a great love for Awiyao but a selfless love. What a love story

Want to read the story? Click here.

WP Theme & Icons by N.Design Studio
Entries RSS Comments RSS Log in