Love in the Cornhusks/The Virgin
The story “Love in the Cornhusks”, is another Filipino story for me because of the mentions of barrios and senyora.
The story’s setting was like in a barrio. There was a girl named Tinang who worked for a Señora. Tinang had a son with a bagobo which was described to have big ears because maybe because of the description native and ‘natives’ usually as we imagine it have big ears because its part of their genes. There were two people mentioned. Tinang’s past and first love Amado and Tinang’s present Inggo. Tinang and Amado were separated. Now, the reason why Tinang and Amado were separated was because Amado’s mother was sick and he had to go home to his place and take care of her. After that Tinang again was said again to be pregnant. After a while, Tinang was spwending her life with Inggo, she got a letter from the post office from Amado which was about Amado’s concern about his relationship with Tinang. While she was reading the letter, I was sick of the girl because Amado is her loved one but yet she left him for another guy and the baby she could be holding can be Inggo’s. For me, I believe that if you love a person, you can wait for him provided the time is not forever and communication is still possible. Love is a sacred word for me that I only say “I Love You” to a person I really love because nowadays from my own experience, that “I love you” is a common term and laughed or even joked about and it makes me sick reading the story of this character tinang.I notice in the story that maybe the author was trying to point out how girls think, very unpredictable and constantly changing, like when Tinang was reading Amado’s letter to her, it seemed like she wanted to go back to him.
Next story,”The Virgin” by Kerima Polotan. For me the story was Filipino in a way as stated in the story that Ms Mijares takes care of her mother which usually happens here in the Philippines and not like in other countries like USA where people just leave their parents in Nursing homes like “Home for the aged”. The story is quite long and for me, it’s just like another day in a person’s life which makes me yawn and wish to our professor that please ma’am give as another story rather than this. This is so ordinary that it’s quite dull.