Why are adarna birds found in Mt. Tabor? Here are some possible answers…
Florante at Laura: Mga Saknong
People are asking for the stanzas (mga saknong) of Florante at Laura by Francisco Balagtas…
Florante at Laura Author
Some people are asking: Who is the author of Florante at Laura?
Personal: Mga Sanaysay Sa Lupalop Ng Gunita
Here is a talasalitaan (Tagalog vocabulary) guide for some of the words found in Rene Villanueva’s Personal: Mga Sanaysay Sa Lupalop Ng Gunita (Personal: Essays in the Realm of Memory).
The objective is to help young teens learn Filipino. So they go through Rene Villanueva’s essays, find Tagalog words they don’t understand, and then search for the meaning of those words….
Ibong Adarna Summaries Online
Lots of my friends are struggling with Ibong Adarna, and have been asking for summaries. The main difficulty comes from trying to comprehend the words in Tagalog / Filipino. Anyway, here are the Ibong Adarna summaries in English.
Please bookmark https://www.viloria.net/ibong-adarna/
Why did I do this? It’s easier to handle the questions and comments using the WordPress system. In the old location of the summaries, I just used static webpages. People then emailed their inquiries, and the answers were emailed back to them only.
With WordPress, the questions and answers are shown on the webpage, and this will benefit others (even if they did not email the initial question). My remaining concern now, however, is whether the webserver + WordPress setup can handle the traffic. Static webpages handle heavy traffic better than WP blogs. Oh well… let’s see what happens.
To my SEO friends who are concerned about duplicate content issues, I’ve already made the necessary 301 redirects from the previous location of the summaries in Viloria.com, to the new URLs in Viloria.net 🙂
Three Rats (Wilfrido Maria Guerrero, 1948)
You’ll find Wilfrido M. Guerrero’s Three Rats at:
Here’s a summary of the plot of Three Rats:
There are three characters: Gonzalo (27 years old), his wife [of seven months] Nita (19 years old), and his best friend of 15 years, Adrian (25 years old).
He suspects Adrian of having an affair with Nita.
Gonzalo exacts revenge.
(Someone was asking about tree rats. Were you, perhaps, looking for the three rats?)
Conflict in Three Rats
Man vs Man
- Nita vs the dismissed maid
- Gonzalo vs Adrian
- Mr Viterbo vs his wife Mila
- Gonzalo vs Nita
Man vs Himself
- Gonzalo and his failing memory
- Gonzalo and his health / hyperthyroidism
- Gonzalo, picking up then putting down the cup of coffee
- Adrian and his addiction to gambling
- Nita and her confusion: Should she warn Adrian or obey Gonzalo and keep quiet?
Man vs Nature
- Adrian vs the effects of cyanide
Florante at Laura Summary in English
Was humming Rolando Tinio’s “Minsan Pa” when I reached the word Kundangan (If It Were Not For), and after a trip to Google, stumbled upon the e-text version of Florante at Laura, the great Tagalog epic written by Francisco Balagtas, as painstakingly typed into text form by May Lim and Arlene Lim.