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I. Title: MAGNIFICENCE

II. Author: Estrella D. Alfon

Biography

Estrella Alfon was born in San Nicolas, Cebu City on March 27, 1917. She went to medical school to finish her medicinal studies but when she was misdiagnosed for having tuberculosis, she had to withdraw from her studies. She finished her education with a degree in Associate of Arts instead.

She became the first and only female member of the Veronicans, a group of writers in the 1930s, prior to the Second World War, led by Francisco Arceuana and H.R. Ocampo. They were recognized as the first group of Filipino writers who wrote almost exclusively in English. She was named the most prolific Filipina writer prior to World War II.

Estrella Alfon’s first story was “Grey Confetti” which was published in 1935. One of her stories, Fairy Tale for the City, was condemned by the catholic League of the Philippines for its being obscene. When she was brought to court for the trial, some of her fellow writers stood by her but some did not and that hurt her deeply.

She was appointed professor of the Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Manila despite having only an Associate of Arts degree. In 1940, she won the Honorable Mention in the Commonwealth Literary Award for writing her short story “Dear Esmeralda”. She took home all the awards in the Arena Theater Play Writing Contest for four of her outstanding plays namely, “Losers Keepers”, “strangers”, “Rice”, and “Beggar”. In 1961, she won the top prize in the Palanca Contest for her story “With Patches of Many Hues”.

On December 28, 1983, during the awards night of the Manila Film Festival, she suffered a heart attack which led to her death the same night.

III. Setting:

The time of mid 80’s because the budgeted of a baon are centavo a day at that time. The story happened at the house of the two children. IV. Characterization:

Little Girl –a girl of seven

Vicente – he the bus driver and tutor

Mother – President of their village

V. Plot Analysis:

The story is all about the man named Vicente coming to the house of the two children to tutor them with their classwork. The family absolutely trust him for they think that this man was always so gentle, so kind, and there was nothing to fear with when he is around.

When Vicente came earlier usual in that evening. The children immediately put the lesson down, telling him of the envy of their schoolmates and would buy them more pencils. The Vicente asked Oscar, the young brother to get him some glass of water.

Vicente held the little girl by the arm the let the girl take her full trust and when he took the little girl up lightly in his arms and holding her under armpits the held her to sit down on his lap. Then the girl keeps squirming and for somehow she felt uncomfortable to be held looked around at Vicente interrupting her careful writing to twist around. Then Vicente’s face was wet and sweat and his look eyes looked strange.

When the mother bathed the little girl and she throws the clothes at the garbage bin and on the next day burned it with the pencil on it.

VI. Theme:

Empowerment of a Woman – this is how a mother turn to a woman to fight for a mother’s right in term of abuses.

VII. Point of View:

The innocence of the daughter, the child who is always referred to as little girl throughout the story. She cannot know, is oblivious to, what Vicente desires of her but at the same time she is aware on an instinctive level that something is amiss.

The author shows that Vicente further derives gratification from the little girl's closeness, her mere proximity sufficient to bedevil him, His face was all in sweat, and his eyes looked very strange, and he indicated to her that she must turn around, attend to the homework she was writing.

The author sees all, knows all and tells all what is the story supposed to be.

VIII. Personal Judgement

* Magnificence is a touching...
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