The Philippines’ strongest resource is its people. Numerous people from the past to present have shown that Filipinos can achieve great heights through hard work and unity. Ninoy Aquino fought for democracy in the Philippines. Diego Silang conspired with British forces to overthrow Spanish rule. Andres Bonifacio is the father of the Katipunan. Jose Rizal died for the freedom of the Filipino people. All these men showed exemplary performance in shaping and developing of the Philippines.
But behind these legendary men who shaped the history of the Philippines are women who helped mold them to who they are. Ninoy Aquino had Cory Aquino who continued the works Ninoy was not able to finish when he was executed. Diego Silang had Gabriela Silang who continued his battle long after he was gone. Andres Bonifacio had Gregoria De Jesus who is the founder & VP of the women’s chapter of the Katipunan of the Philippines. Jose Rizal had Teodora Alonzo Realonda de Quintos who was his first teacher and was his constant guide as he grew up.
Women have played a very significant part in the development of the country even before they had rights to do so. When equal rights for men & women were established, the chains that bound them were cut and they were allowed to run freely, revealing potential that led the Philippines to a better position.
The image of Filipino women has been very well represented through literary works by local authors like Paz Latorena (The Small Key), Amador T. Daguio (Wedding Dance), Arturo B. Rotor (Zita), Paz Marquez-Benitez (Dead Stars), Aida Rivera-Ford Love in the Cornhusks), Kerima Polotan-Tuvera (The Virgin), Estrella D. Alfon (Magnificence), and Gilda Cordero-Fernando (The Visitation of the Gods).
Soledad from “Small Key” best represents women who are married to or are in a relationship with men who have trouble letting go of past lovers. She is married to a man who can’t seem to let go of the possessions of his...