At night when the little girl and her brother were bathed in the light of the big shaded bulb that hung over the big study table in the downstairs hall, the man would knock gently on the door, and come in. He would stand for a while just beyond the pool of light, his feet in the circle of illumination, the rest of him in shadow. The little girl and her brother would look up at him where they sat at the big table, their eyes bright in the bright light, and watch him come fully into the light, a dark little man with protuberant lips, his eyes glinting in the light, but his voice soft, his manner slow. He would smell faintly of sweat and …show more content… Thank him, their mother called. The little boy smiled and said, Thank You.
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Personal[ edit ] Estrella Alfon was born in Cebu City in Unlike other writers of her time, she did not come from the intelligentsia. Her parents were shopkeepers in Cebu. When she was mistakenly diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to a sanitarium, she resigned from her pre-medical education, and left with an Associate of Arts degree.
She has 10 grandchildren. Her youngest daughter, was a stewardess for Saudi Arabian Airlines, and was part of the Flight crew on August 19, , when an in-flight fire forced the aircraft to land in Riyadh. A delayed evacuation resulted in the death of everyone aboard the flight.
Alfon died on December 28, , following a heart attack suffered on-stage during Awards night of the Manila Film Festival. Professional[ edit ] She was a student in Cebu when she first published her short stories, in periodicals such as Graphic Weekly Magazine, Philippine Magazine, and the Sunday Tribune.
In spite of being a proud Cebuana, she wrote almost exclusively in English. Ocampo, she was also regarded as their muse. The Veronicans are recognized as the first group of Filipino writers to write almost exclusively in English and were formed prior to the World War II. Alfon was one writer who unashamedly drew from her own real-life experiences. In other stories, Alfon is still easily identifiable in her first-person reminiscences of the past: evacuation during the Japanese occupation; estrangement from a husband; life after the war.
But she sometimes slips back to being a first-person narrator. The impression is that although she shares the sentiments of her neighbors, she is still a distinct personality who detaches herself from the scene in order to understand it better.
This device of separating herself as narrator from the other characters is contained within the larger strategy of? Arambulo  In the s, her short story, "Fairy Tale for the City", was condemned by the Catholic League of the Philippines as being "obscene". While many of her fellow writers did stand by her, many did not. These events hurt her deeply. She was a member of the U. Creative Writing Center in Creative Writing Center. She could write about the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
She could write about a day on the farm or a picnic with friends or a poor laundry woman wishing that her life were different because she was being abused by her mistress.
I was just hooked. Whatever designs my mother may have had, they worked. I feel so much more fulfilled because I had that early gift.
Magnificence By Estrella Alfon
Their parents have a good job. They go to school. Their mother is a president in their village. His name is Vicente. He is a bus conductor. So he went to the house every night to teach the kids. He promised the kids to give them 2 pencils each.
At night when the little girl and her brother were bathed in the light of the big shaded bulb that hung over the big study table in the downstairs hall, the man would knock gently on the door, and come in. The little girl and her brother would look up at him where they sat at the big table, their eyes bright in the bright light, and watch him come fully into the light, but his voice soft, his manner slow. It was not always that he came. They could remember perhaps two weeks when he remarked to their mother that he had never seen two children looking so smart. The praise had made their mother look over them as they stood around listening to the goings-on at the meeting of the neighborhood association, of which their mother was president. Two children, one a girl of seven, and a boy of eight. They were both very tall for their age, and their legs were the long gangly legs of fine spirited colts.
"Magnificence" by Estrella D. Alfon
Alfon- Note added July 14 s of people from all over the Philippines I am in Quezon City are now reading this post which is great, of course. Please let us know how this story related to your family life and tell me why you were drawn to read this post and if it is for a school assignment. Her blog is just getting started and I can already tell she has a great passion for what she does and I hope a lot of my readers will also follow her blog. Estella D. Alfon to Cebu, The Philippines is considered to be one of the very best early short story writers of the Philippines and perhaps the first woman to have written from the point of view of the ordinary woman of the Philippines. Upper class most people were slaves or near slaves women were taught how to write. There was however, as a practical matter, really nothing to write on.