Ifugao Culture

Topics: Philippines, F. Sionil José, José Rizal Pages: 4 (908 words) Published: October 21, 2012

Aganda, Jean Alexis
Ang, Ludy Mae
Apolinario, Marie Faith
Ascaño, Bridget
Bernardo, Epifanio III

A Glimpse of the Life of an Ifugao as Depicted in the Text “The God Stealer”

A. Introduction of the Issues

1. Ifugao Culture

2. The importance of the Ifugao culture in the lives of the characters (Philip Latak, Sam Christie, Sadek, Grandfather, and the natives)

3. Issues

• Reciprocity (utang na loob)

• Foreigners

• Social conformity

• Selfish

• Unconditional love

• Fragmentary Filipino identity

B. Brief Summary or Outline of the Report

The God Stealer
By: Francisco Sionil Jose

C. Comprehensive reporting of the various aspects of the issue

D. Discussion of the given literary text as mirror of the issues at hand

1. Biography

José was born in Rosales, Pangasinan, the setting of many of his stories. He spent his childhood in Barrio Cabugawan, Rosales, where he first began to write.

José started writing in grade school, at the time he started reading. In the fifth grade, one of José’s teachers opened the school library to her students, which is how José managed to read the novels of José Rizal, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Faulkner and Steinbeck. Reading about Basilio and Crispin in Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere made the young José cry, because injustice was not an alien thing to him.

When José was five years old, his grandfather who was a soldier during the Philippine revolution, had once tearfully showed him the land their family had once tilled but was taken away by rich mestizo landlords who knew how to work the system against illiterates like his grandfather.

José attended the University of Santo Tomas after...
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