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How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife

for world literature report

Rachelle Hayag

on 11 September 2014

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Transcript of How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife

Baldo and his older brother Leon were both waiting for the arrival of their visitor riding the carretela. Seeing his brother's wife, Baldo was easily taken away by the beauty of the woman from city as he narrates their journey to Nagrebcan. The idea of meeting with Leon's parents for the first time made Maria a bit anxious. But along their way home, Maria discovered the peculiarities of the life in Nagrebcan as opposed to their life in the city where she met and fell in love with Leon.

How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife
Manuel E. Arguilla
Ilocano writer in English.
Born in Barrio Nagrebcan in Bauang, La Union on June 17, 1911. 
4th child of Crisanto Arguilla and Margarita Estabillo
Known for his widely anthologized short story "How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife," which won first prize in the Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940.
1933 – He finished BS Education at University of the Philippines.
He became a member and later the president of the U.P. Writer's Club and editor of the university's Literary Apprentice.
He taught at the University of Manila while working at the Bureau of Public Welfare.
In 1940, he became the managing editor of the Bureau of Welfare newsletter, the Welfare Advocate.

He was appointed to the Board of Censors and was asked to serve in the Japanese propaganda agency. But Arguilla had also just become an agent of the Markings Guerillas. Thus, while apparently working for the Japanese, he was actually heading the “Porch,” the Markings’ counter-intelligence and propaganda unit operating in Manila.

February 1944. Along with his mother and a few relatives, he was incarcerated to Fort Santiago.

After two months, Arguilla’s mother and relatives were released, while he was transferred to the Old Bilibid Prisons.
Later, after being tortured and subjected to a sham trial, he was brought back to Fort Santiago for execution.
On June 12, 1972, Arguilla was honored with a posthumous award, the republic Cultural Heritage Award. He was cited for producing literary works that have “continued to influence Filipino fiction writing and literary scholarship.
Have you heard about a provinciano whose girlfriend is from the city?
How do you think this man present his loved one to his family in a barrio whose culture and traditions are different from hers?

Leon/Noel - older brother of Baldo, Maria's husband
Maria - Leon's Wife
Baldo - younger brother of Leon, Narrator of the story
Labang - the carabao
Ca Celin -
Father and Mother of Baldo and Leon
Aurelia - younger sister of Baldo and Leon

Nagrebcan, Bauang La Union

Respect and accept one's life.
One may have to sacrifice
small part of one’s life in order to
be happy.
Leon and his wife, Maria, arrived at the bario and
met with Leon’s brother, Baldo.

Leon’s entire family talked with Maria. Baldo stated that his
Father’s voice became livelier as he talks to Maria.

Baldo is ignoring his brother’s question about why did they have to go to the Waig instead of the Camino Real

Baldo and his Father had a convresation about what happen while they are travelling.

Maria was afraid that Leon’s father may not accept her to be his daughter-in-law because she may not able to cope the life in province.
Point of View:
Second person
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