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Forever Witches

Literature Presentation
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Michaela Katrina Ragasa

on 2 May 2016

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Transcript of Forever Witches

FOREVER WITCHES
Estrella Alfon
ACHIEVEMENTS
Born in Cebu City on July 18, 1987 and died on December 28, 1983 at age of 66.
PALANCA AWARDS
A well-known prolific Filipina author who wrote on English.
Because of unwavering and poor health, she could only manage an Associate of Arts degree from the University of the Philippines.
Became the member of the U.P. writer's club and earned the privileged post of National Fellowship in Fiction post at the U.P. Creative Writing Center in 1979
A storywriter, playwright and journalist
published her first story, "Grey Confetti", in the Graphic Weekly Magazine in 1935
the only female member of the
Veronicans,
an avant garde group of writers in the 1930's.
In spite of only having an A.A. degree, she was eventually appointed as a professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Manila.
STORIES
Magnificence and other stories
(1960)
Stories of Estrella Alfon
(1994) (published posthumously
Servant Girl
(short story)
English
Forever Witches, One-act play
(Third Place, 1960)
With Patches of Many Hues, One-act play
(First Place, 1962)
Tubig, One-act play,
(Second Place, 1963
The Knitting Straw, One-act Play
(Third Place, 1968)
The White Dress, short story
(Second Place, 1974)
1940:
A collection of her early short stories, “Dear Esmeralda,” won Honorable Mention in the Commonwealth Literary Award
1961-1962:
Four of her one-act plays won all the prizes in the Arena Theater Play Writing Contest: “Losers Keepers” (first prize), “Strangers” (second prize), “Rice” (third prize), and “Beggar” (fourth prize).
1961-1962:
Won top prize in the Palanca Contest for “With Patches of Many Hues.”
1974:
Second place Palanca Award for her short story, "The White Dress".
1979:
National Fellowship in Fiction post at the U.P. Creative Writing Center.
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
A province not too far from a sophisticated city
Early in the morning in the house of the aunt’s
SETTING
CHARACTERS
the charming spinster
Andiya
old spinster of Andiya
Lourdes
Andiya and Lourdes' niece, young girl
Maring
young girl, rival of Maring
Loretta
Maring's suitor
Julio
PLOT
The play opens on an early morning. Lourdes and Andiya were in the living room. Dancing t the tune being played.
•Julio came to fetch Maring since she promised that they are going to the beach
Unfortunately, Maring had a nightmare that she got drowned but Julio did not help her since he was busy flirting with other girls.
Then they started fighting with each other leaving Maring very disappointed and decided not to go to the beach while Julio left the house.
Aunt Andiya and Lourdes tried to ask her about their ordeal.
Then Julio came back to the house with Loretta, hoping that Maring had changed her mind and join them but it ended Maring and Loretta exchanging words against each other.
•After the unexpected fight of the two ladies Loretta went home while Julio tried to talk to Maring to settle things out.
•Since Maring only wanted Julio for herself she uses the art of witchcraft, which she learned from her aunts, to spellbind him
•Helplessly devoured from the spell, Julio, desperately clings to Maring to the point that he can’t live without her.
•Due to the oppression that she felt from Julio, Maring now wants to reverse and unlearn the spell, but unfortunately the aunt’s can no longer undo it.
THEME
SYMBOLISM
the Rose represents LOVE and the more we hold a grip on it, the more we will get hurt by its thorns.
Young love are source of selfishness, jealousy and rush decisions that do no good to anyone.
ROSE full of THORNS
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