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FOOTNOTE TO YOUTH
Transcript of FOOTNOTE TO YOUTH
by: Jose Garcia Villa
""Missing out on the fun of teenage life and being young. Responbilty has to be shouldered at a very young age. One has to take on household responsibilities and child rearing responsibilities. it will deprive you of your youth.""
What is Footnote to Youth?
About the Author
Blas and Tona
Dodong - main character of the story who got married at the age of 17
the wife of dodong and she regretted marrying at an early age
Lucio - Teang's other suitor who got married after she did and who's childless until now
Blas - Dodong and Teang's oldest son who followed their footsteps in the end. Blas contemplated to marry Tona when he was 18
Tona - woman whom Blas wants to marry.
At the Barrio
Dodong wants to marry Teang and asked his father's permission.
Thinking that they are still young and their love would be short, Dodong's father allowed them to get married despite their very young age
Teang gave birth to their
first baby named Blas, but Dodong felt embarassed, he is still not ready to support a family
Teang secretly regreeted being married at an early age, even though she really loved
Dodong. Finally, Dodong realized the hardships of marrying such an early age.
Blas, at the age of 18 wanted to marry Tona, Dodong did not object, but tried to make Blas think twice before wishing to marriage, because Dodong doesn't want Blas to end up like him.
Jose Garcia Villa is a National Artist in Literature and gained different awards in America because of his writings. He wrote Footnote to youth to describe the Filipino situation and the responsibilities and realities that come with the marriage and family life.
Footnote to youth is the title of the story because it is a brief reminder for the Filipinos especially the youth of what a real life could be today. It gives warning to the youth that having a family at an early age is not easy.
Ecclesiastes 11 9-10
You who are young, be happy while you are young and let your heart give joys in the days of your youth.