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Seven Hills Away

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John Nicole Magpoc

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Transcript of Seven Hills Away

Seven Hills Away
The Bamboo Dancers
A Season Of Grace
Seven Hills Away

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N. V. M. Gonzalez (Nestor Vicenti Madali Gonzalez) b. Romblon, Romblon 8 Sept 1915. Fictionist, poet, essayist. He was the son of Vicente Gonzalez, a school supervisor, and Pastora Madali, a teacher. He was married to Narita Manuel with whom he had four
in their plantations, their lands, and their families. But if we read between the lines, the story is not all about the famine itself.

The theme that I derived from the story is this: It’s not just about who you are in front of a large audience, but in the end, what really matters is who you are when the curtains close. In other words, who you are as a person in general is not perceived by how you act in front of people. When you are already by yourself, when the people aren’t looking, this is when your true nature, motives, and intentions are revealed. You may act as if you are the most selfless person in the whole world, but deep inside, when we look beneath this so-called masquerade,
you are actually doing it for the sake of having the spotlight for your own.

Armed with the bigger picture, it mirrors the fact that Filipinos nowadays are somewhat two-faced, taking into account Mang Cesar and how he responded to the desperate needs of Pare Crispin. He may seem like a caring and generous man in the eyes of his fellow workers and farmers, but as the story progressed, he only helps others for the sake of his own selfish desires. Knowing that Pare Crispin is a man of limited means, Mang Cesar still accepted his offer of paying him double. Considering the fact that literature is a mirror of the society, it says so much of why we are what we are now.
of the UP Creative Writing Center, 1990, He finished his final draft of a short novel called Kaingin Country and was working on a sheaf of poems, A Wander Through the Night of the World . Also in preparation is the Mother the Provider , a collection of stories.

Gonzalez received a special award in the 1940 Commonwealth Literary Contest for The Winds of April , the Philippine Republic Award of Merit for Literature in English in 1954, the Republic Cultural Heritage in 1960, the Jose Rizal Pro Patria Award in 1961, and the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan ward in 1971 from the city government of Manila. Eight of his short stories were included in Jose Garcia Villa's honor roll in 1926 to 1940.
children. When he was four, his family migrated to Mindoro and settled in barrio of Wasig. Gonzalez had his early schooling in Romblon and later attended Mindoro High School. In 1930 he took the entrance examination to the University of the Philippines but failed. He went back to Mindoro and worked as a delivery boy in his father's slaughterhouse and meat stall in Calapan. During this time, he began contributing to the Graphic. For about a year, he would walk from Wasig to Mansalay for five hours to type his story at the municipal hall and post it to the magazine.

Gonzalez had his first literary break when he won in the students' literary contest
Famine – such a simple word that is spoken in an instant. What happens when even the thin and minuscule drops of rainwater that are precipitated from the clouds above are starting to become abnormally low? What happens when the food supply is slowly in the midst of scarcity? Famine. There are six letters in that word – six letters to symbolize despair in its broadest form. Nevertheless, the reality it brings is far more than what you can imagine. This was shown in the story, “Hunger in Barok” by NVM Gonzales, wherein farmers and landowners struggle to maintain the life
sponsored by the Graphic for an essay in Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Calapan in 1934. He left for Manila, met Francisco Arcellana, and joined the Veronicans. He studied for two years at the National University and Manila Law College, but quit his college studies sometime in 1934. He joined the Graphic, working there until the outbreak of WWII. After the war and without a college degree, he was invited by the University of the Philippines (UP), to teach English and the short story from 1951 to 1967. He became the chairperson of the Second UP Writers Summer Workshop in Los Baños in 1967 and was twice chosen as the Workshop's writer-in-residence in 1978 and 1987. He received several Rockefeller grants which enabled him to take special studies in creative writing at Stanford University, the Kenyon School of English, and Columbia University, and to travel in Asia and
Europe. In 1968, he went to the University of California in Santa Barbara as a visiting associate professor of English, and stayed there until 1983 as a professor of English and Asian American literature at the University of Washington from 1976 to 1979, and in 1986, artist-in-residence of the Djarassi Foundation in Woodside, California.

Gonzalez's published novels are the Winds of April , 1940; A Season of Grace , 1956; and The Bamboo Dancers , 1959; his published short story collections are Seven Hills Away , 1947; Children of the Ash Covered Loam and Other Stories , 1954; Look Stranger, On This Island Now , 1963; Selected Stories , 1964; and Mindoro and Beyond: Twenty-one Stories , 1979. His most recent published works are Kalutang: A Filipino in the World an autobiographical essay, 1990, and The Father and the Maid , a compilation of six lectures delivered under the sponsorship
These characters in the story, particularly Mang Cesar, portray the politicians who are merely hungry for power. Sometimes, they may seem as if they really care about addressing the needs of their people, but in reality, they only seem to care about power. Even during elections, people feel that that particular candidate is worthy of having the title of president, but when it’s already his/her time, they have proven themselves wrong.

Therefore, in order to equip myself more, I should have a deeper understanding of our times by educating myself more with the news and articles regarding the current issues and situations in the country today. Being an aspiring writer, exposing myself with the realities of our society would already be a good practice for me until the time I’m given the chance to write works and stories of my own creation in the future. I am not only going to do it for the sake of fulfilling myself, but for sending a message that will drive them to open their eyes to reality as well.
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