Pina Colada Analysis - Philippine Literature

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Josevee Sapphire C. Dagdag
Philippine Literature

Piña Colada
By H.O. Santos

The story took place in America and it seems the time frame is in the year where cellular phones and other high tech gadgets are not yet in fashion; more likely in the time of 80s to 90s.

Ben – an OFW for years. He is a gentleman, simple, generous and compassionate. Carol – a Filipina who went to America to find the man whom her going to marry. She’s a bit careless and curious (because it is her first time in a foreign land) but in a way she’s also sweet. Bill – Carol’s foreigner pen pal and eventually became her husband. He’s in his late fifties yet still seems to be strong. Ernie – friend of Ben in Manila

The story began with an invitation in the wedding of Bill and Carol. Ben realized who the sender was and started to reminisce his past with Carol. There was a turn of unfortunate events for Ben when she came and lived with him for a few months. Maybe, not so unfortunate but his daily routine and his bills seem to be out of control that time.

Carol for being a first timer in a foreign country was a kind of careless and innocent to what kind of lifestyle they have in America. But eventually she copes up with the kind of living there, thanks to Ben. By the time Carol learned that Bill is going to meet with her, she asked Ben to accompany her as a Filipino custom. The three of them went for a drink. Ben and Carol ordered the Piña Colada – a cocktail drink, while Bill got a double Jack Daniels. Carol was a little bit tipsy and drunk. That’s why when Ben took her home something happened between them. In the morning Ben didn’t tell her about what happened to them and lied to her. After that incident, things change and Carol was really grateful to Ben for taking her as a guest even though they didn’t really know each other. After two months, Carol married Bill and Ben was the one who gave her away, because she doesn’t have any relatives in America...