Connie Escobar- the lead female character, was described by literary critic Epifanio San Juan as a sufferer of her mother’s estrangement from a world where unconfident males take advantage of women by violating them or by venerating them.
Macho Escobar- a man who had an affair with Connie’s mother, a past incident that serves as an “umbilical cord” or "umbilicus", a remnant connected to her present and future because of her refusal to leave the issue in the past.
Manolo Vidal- is the embodiment of the Filipino nationalistic bourgeois who were once critical of the theocracy of the Spaniards but became transformed puppets and servants of these colonialists.
Paco Texeira- was a survivor between the behaviors of the Monson and Vidal families, and also acted as Nick Joaquin’s “conscience”, an observer who could have penetrated the existing rituals and ruses.
Concha Borromeo- she is the mother of Connie Escobar.
Esteban Borromeo- he is the husband of Concha Borromeo.
Father Tony- A priest, and the brother of Pepe Monson.
Pepe Monson- A horse Doctor and the brother of Father Tony.
Doctor Monson- A former rebel hiding in Hong Kong to avoid postwar trials.
Rita Lopez – The future wife of Paco Texeria and Business partner of Hellen Silva's painting shop.
Hellen Silva- A owner of a painting shop.
Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín
A Filipino writer, historian and journalist, best known for his short stories and novels in the English language. He also wrote using the pen name Quijano de Manila. Joaquin was conferred the rank and title of National Artist of the Philippines for Literature.
He is considered most important Filipino writer in English, and the third most important overall, after José Rizal and Claro M. Recto.
Joaquín was born in Paco, Manila, one of ten children of Leocadio Joaquín, a colonel under General Emilio Aguinaldo in the 1896 Revolution, and Salome Márquez, a teacher of English and Spanish. After being read poems and stories by his mother, the boy Joaquín read widely in his father's library and at the National Library of the Philippines. By then, his father had become a successful lawyer after the revolution. From reading, Joaquín became interested in writing.
At age 17, Joaquín had his first piece published, in the literary section of the pre-World War II Tribune, where he worked as a proofreader. It was accepted by the writer and editor Serafín Lanot. After Joaquín won a nationwide essay competition to honor La Naval de Manila, sponsored by the Dominican Order, the University of Santo Tomas awarded him an honorary Associate in Arts (A.A.). They also awarded him a scholarship to St. Albert's Convent, the Dominican monastery in Hong Kong.
Some of his awards are:
Ten Most Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM), Awardee for Literature (1955)
National Artist Award (1976).
Stonehill Award for the Novel (1960)
José García Villa's Honor Roll (1940)
S.E.A. Write Award (1980)
Joaquín died of cardiac arrest in the early morning of April 29, 2004, at his home in San Juan, Metro Manila. He was then editor of Philippine Graphic magazine where he worked with Juan P. Dayang, who was the magazine's first publisher. Joaquin was also publisher of its sister publication, Mirror Weekly, a women’s magazine. He also wrote the column (“Small Beer”) for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Isyu, an opinion tabloid.
In the of the story, it started when Connie went to Pepe's place for consultation. The problem of Connie is how to remove her other navel. Because if she (if ever) give birth, where would the other umbilical cord be connected. Connie told Pepe the story about her child hood times. Pepe talked to Señiora de Vidal, and everything that Señiora de Vidal told Pepe exactly the opposite of what Connie told Pepe. Some things that Señiora de Vidal told Pepe, was that Connie only have a navel, her navel was...
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