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Faith, love, time and Dr. Lazaro

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on 21 August 2014

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Transcript of Faith, love, time and Dr. Lazaro

Gregorio C. Brillantes, a Palanca Award Hall of Famer and a multi-awarded fiction writer, is one of the Philippines' most popular writers in English.

Known for his sophisticated and elegant style, he has been compared to James Joyce.

He often writes about individuals under thirty, adolescent or post adolescent ones who struggle with alienation from family, society and from themselves. His earlier collection of short stories earned him the title of the "Catholic Writer". But elements of the fantastic also come in his works.
In the 2006 Graphic/Fiction Awards, the main local sponsor of the contest, specialty book shop Fully Booked, acknowledged Brillantes as one of the godfathers of fantastic literature in English by naming the first category the Gregorio C. Brillantes Prize for Prose.

Brillantes is a native of Camiling, Tarlac. He obtained his Litt. B. degree in the Ateneo de Manila University. He has edited Sunburst, The Manila Review, Focus, Asia-Philippines Leader and the Philippines Free Press.

Published collections of short stories:
The Distance to Andromeda and Other Stories
The Apollo Centennial
On a Clear Day in November Shortly Before the Millennium, Stories for a Quarter Century.

He also has published collections of essays:
Looking for Rizal in Madrid
Chronicles of Interesting Times
The Cardinal's Sins, the General's Cross, the Martyr's Testimony and other Affirmations.
Gregorio C. Brillantes
Presented by:
Garcia, Maegan M.
Macarilay, Chrishanel
Yranon, Genieca
Faith, love, time and Dr. Lazaro
By Gregorio C. Brillantes

The story tone is sadness, sorrowful and emptiness loss because of the past. But later on, the tone became hopeful because of his son.
The style of the writer's character is that they are locked in their past, the character blames God because of what is happening. But his son enlighten him that everything that has reason. Everything has its own destiny.
When Dr. Lazaro and Ben are on their way home, Dr. Lazaro realized everything around him, the town, the people, his family, his faith love and time -- it was long gone
"Everything has its end, you can't change one's destiny."
San Miguel
In the time when Dr. Lazaro & Ben are having a deep
conversation in the car while heading their way to San Miguel
When Dr. Lazaro was doing his best to save the
baby who was dying from tetanus
"Doubts in your beliefs will rise when certain
traumatic our important events happen in your life. These doubts are tests of conviction"
"Don't lose hope/faith in God. Everything has its reasons."
"Don't let the trials/problems ruin the closeness of your family."
"Time is short, make the most out of it "
Objective third-person observer
The story is told by a narrator not involved in the story itself. Objective third person means the narrator only knows that someone watching would know. They don't know peoples thought, but rather actions and words.

The narrator enters the mind and feeling of Dr. Lazaro. The angle of narration allows the reader to know only how Dr. Lazaro directly and exactly thinks and feels.
This is a story about a doctor who disbelief in faith, love and time. He has also lost his faith because he has
been a witness to countless, seemingly random deaths: a patient with cancer; then there is a baby who is now dying from tetanus: but most of all, there was his eldest son who committed suicide. From that,it made the doctor focus mechanically on his job just to forget the pain, and his wife become more immersed in religion than in family.

Dr. Lazaro received a call from Pedro Esteban in Nambalan one night. He had a week-old child whom Dr.
Lazaro had tetanus. Dr. Lazaro agreed to go an his wife also suggested that their son, Ben, to take him their instead. Ben (came) with Dr. Lazaro to drive him to Pedro Esteban's place.

Dr. Lazaro tried to know Ben better by asking about the book
he was reading and his career choices. Ben stated that he was uncertain of his career path.

When they (got) to Esteban's house through a boat ride, they saw an old couple, a 10 year old boy and the
sick child on the floor. Dr. Lazaro did what he could but it was too late. The child's bluish color slowly turned grey and the child was dying. Ben baptized the dying child before they left, Dr. Lazaro saw the whole thing.

On the way home, Dr. Lazaro and Ben talked about the baptism
of the child , leaving Dr. Lazaro to questions his views on faith.
About the author
Let the story begin
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