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Urbana at Feliza
Transcript of Urbana at Feliza
The correspondence of the two maidens
The author said that if the morals in the book will be used by the people, he will be happy that he will be able to share the good discipline and conduct that a person should have.
What conversation do they have in their letters?
Urbana to Felisa:
Pertaining about the temptation and dangers in the road of adolescence
and how it could be avoided.
In the preface of the book, the author stated that:
Their conversations through letters talk about the following topic:
Written by: Modesto de Castro
Modesto de Castro
Information about the story
Written in Tagalog by a priest famous for his powerful sermons, Urbana at Felisa is an example of the book of conduct that emerged in Europe during the Renaissance. Its author used the epistolary style wherein a series of thirty-four letters, members of a family in Paombong, Bulacan gave each other advice on the ideal conduct and behavior expected of a middle-class and Christian family. Thus in her letters to her younger siblings Felisa and Honesto, who remained in Paombong, Urbana, who left for Manila to study, wrote not only of the need to follow the values and norms found in Christian teaching, but as importantly, to observe the proper mode of conduct as one dealt with people in society. The series of correspondences, including a letter from a priest on the duties and responsibilities of married life, touched on various facets of experience that a person underwent from birth to death both in the secular and spiritual realms. In retrospect, Urbana at Felisa should be perceived as a text not only meant to regulate conduct and behavior, but as a discourse to contain the moral excesses of the period and affirm basic Christian tenets."
Urbana at Felisa
A novel written in 1938 by Modesto de Castro was tremendously popular from the 19th-century to the first half of the 20th-century.The story relates the importance of purity and ideal virtues people should practice and enrich.
He was a Filipino literary priest born in Biñan, Laguna.
Fr. Modesto de Castro studied at the San Jose Seminary.
His first assignment was at the Manila Cathedral, then to Naic, Cavite.
He was an excellent orator, eloquent preacher and a prolific writer in Tagalog.
Among his well known works are the following:
Urbana at Felisa (1864) – book of golden rules, good manners, and right conduct;
Platicas Doctrinales (1855) – reprinted four times in 1877, 1907, 1905, and 1938; and
Novena of St. Isidro
He also wrote a collection of sermons and prose. Most critics called him the “King of Prose.”
The eldest in the siblings, who gives
words of wisdom to her younger sister ; filled with good moral and how must one act accordingly in different times.
The second in the siblings, she is studying
in a women exclusive school in Manila.
It is said that the name "Urbana" symbolizes
urbanity or good manners.
The name "Feliza" is derived from the
spanish word "Feliz" which means;
the happiness gained from being a good
and obedient person.
"Honesto" is a symbol for clean conscience
The youngest in the siblings.
In the name "Urbana" we can read that
there is an essence of a good morality
towards other people.
In the letter that Urbana sent to Feliza;
the maiden can learn something, the person can study , the married one
can realize, the lads can discover something and what is right or wrong.
Felisa to Urbana:
Talks about her obedience to what
her sister wants her to follow, that
she is indeed doing well to protect
her purity. And the good attitude of
Honesto, he'll be able to study and
serve God, and there will be
Responsibility in the society
Be in the state
James Richard Palomar, II-BS ChE