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Copy of Copy of Copy of PORTENTS

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jennifer silao

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Short Story -
a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
Jessica zafra
(born 1965) is a fiction writer, columnist, editor, publisher, and former television and radio show host. her most popular books are the twisted series, a collection of her essays as a columnist for newspaper today, as well as from her time as editor and publisher of the magazine flip. she currently writes a weekly column for interaksyon.com, the online news portal of tv5. she resides in metro manila, philippines, where she is working on her first novel. she also managed the eraserheads during the 90's.
her work often are about current events (both philippine and international), tennis, movies, music, cats, books, technology, and her personal life. her work has been the subject of academic study. the main ingredient to her work is often fun cynicism and irony.

The multi-awarded jessica zafra won the first prize in the short story category of the don carlos palanca memorial awards for literature in 1991 with the short story, "portents". jessica zafra spent her grade school years in the wide open campus of st. theresa’s college, quezon city which she has always called, "a great school". it is the setting for many of her stories and columns where she speaks of memorable episodes in her childhood. skipping seventh grade, she went to the philippine science high school and then to the university of the philippines where she earned her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature. a fiction writer, columnist, editor, publisher and former television and radio host, her writing style is peppered with satire, sarcasm and great wit. she was a fellow at a up summer writer’s workshop and at a up creative writing center's national writer’s workshop. jessica zafra has published at least 14 books, mostly collections of her columns from the newspapers.
Focus of Narration
because in the story she’s telling about what she will do about her situation, whether she will abort it or she will stand for it and be a good mother to her child
At the office
At the restaurant
At the church
At the house
Jessica –
the pregnant lady that doesn’t know yet what to do in her situation.
– jessica’s friend that had an experience of abortion.
– fifty fifty candidate for the father.
– an old friend of jessica that knows her very well, eventhough in one look he can read jessica;s thoughts.
– friend of jessica whose been telling about the wars and earthquake.
Filthy man
– the dirty man whose been revealing important secrets to jessica.
Doctor Manalo
– jessica’s doctor.
the story tells us about decision making in any kind of situation and facing reality.
The message of the story is that know when or what to do or think first before you do something so that when you are already in the situation you will know what to do.


in the story she doesn’t know how she will face her problem because she don’t have any experience about what she’s facing right now.
“I imagined a creature ripping out of my stomach in a gory mess, like the monster in alien”
All morning I wondered whether I should ask Wilma for her abortionist’s address.  She would give me the address, I knew, even accompany me to the place.  Probably some decrepit wooden house in the fetid alleys of Tondo, where the gangs hunted each other down with homemade revolvers.  Wilma hid nothing, she wore her brazen honesty like a soiled and rusty halo. She had four abortions, she told me casually while I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom; the washerwoman down her street performed the operations, she owed wilma money.  I imagined wilma’s insides, as torn and bloody as a battlefield.  she said she’d regretted her last abortion:  it was a girl, she’d always wanted a baby girl.
Prepared by:
Cherie Anne Carlos
They believe at signs because when they saw at the sky; a man of horse, they saw the same vision just before World War II.
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