Samson, Camille Yasmeen C.
“The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.” ~ Anonymous
I have never been to Binangonan or to any place he describes in the book, but the author Clarence M. Batan made me feel as if I had been there in the long sunset of March 7, 2000, when a social researcher named Clarence decided to visit her grandmother, Nanay Biday at the hospital. This book tells us how a typical Filipino family strives hard to achieve comfort in life. I researched first on the Internet the book, which is “Batong Bahay” by Clarence M. Batan, and I found out that this book is a Filipino family’s narrative of poverty and success. The unique title made me and also I think the readers ask what lies beneath the mysterious title, the hidden story of the book is also the reason I loved and enjoyed reading it. The voice of Clarence rings so clear and true. Not only does he make me see the things he sees, he makes me feel the things he feels. There's a lot more going on than just the trials and happy moments, and Clarence tells you all about it. A man named Sherwin does not mention oftentimes. Upon reading the book I have question at the back of my mind what is the reason why Clarence does not talk much about his brother and why does he have grudges towards his only brother. At first I have an imputation that they do not have close brother ties with each other. The mystery between them is just one of the reasons you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens in Batong Bahay. Nanay Violeta and Daddy Israel narrate to us their own story starting in their childhood until they met and formed a family. They both came from a poor family who are scarce in money and always no food on the plate; although they have parents who strive and work hard they are in the state of “isang kahig, isang tuka.” They both wanted to finish college and take...
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