II. Author: Estrella D. Alfon
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.
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.
Little Girl –a girl of seven
Vicente – he the bus driver and tutor
Mother –... [continues]
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