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The Virgin

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The Virgin by Kerima Polotan Tuvera Kerima Polotan Tuvera Characters Theme PLOT •Her 1952 short story, The Virgin, won two first prizes: of the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards and of the Palanca Awards

•She won the Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Literature in 1963 and the City of Manila's Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award

•She wrote a biography of Imelda Marcos in 1970

•Died on August 19, 2011 at the age of 85, after a lingering illness
Ms. Mijares - she is a virgin who spent
most of her life caring for her mother.
She like to wear ruffled and pastel-colored clothes.
She wants to be loved and to get married. It is just a normal day for Miss Mijares, a 34 year old woman who works at job placement agency. A man seeking for a job entered her office and gave his documents. Miss Mijares handed out a sheet for the man to answer. She then told the man that she will go out and will be back. She went to the cafeteria and sat alone. Thoughts filled her mind and realized to her disappointment that love and marriage have eluded her. Miss Mijares is past her youth, she have spent most of her adult life caring for her mother and putting her niece to school. When she returned to her office, she looked at the man’s resume. She assigned the man to work at the woodcraft section and discussed with him his schedule of work and salary. One day, Miss Mijares came by the woodcraft section to check on the workers. She asked Ato, her foreman about the salary of the man and found out that he was only receiving three pesos. She argued to give him the extra peso, but Ato agreed only to give the half, three-fifty. The man approached Miss Mijares to thank her. The new carpenter was absent for a week. When the man returned, Miss Mijares talked to him. The man explained himself, and told her that his son died. This surprised Miss Mijares because she thought he was not married. The man explained himself calmly telling Miss Mijares that he was not married to the boy’s mother. Miss Mijares expressed that he should have told them everything because their lives are their business. Because of anger, she just looked away. It raining and past six when Miss Mijares left the office. "Love is an unselfish feeling in which everything is shared and sacrificed" She flagged a jeep and got in, the carpenter jumped in after. The driver stopped the vehicle and told the passengers that they have to get down because it is how far the jeepney is going. Miss Mijares stepped down and the carpenter confronted her. The two find themselves stranded on an unknown street in the rain, and Miss Mijares allows herself to be led by her feelings for the carpenter and responds to his invitation. •Born on December 16, 1925

•She was a renowned and highly respected fictionist, essayist, and journalist

•She graduated from the Far Eastern University Girls' High School

•In 1944, she enrolled in the University of the Philippines School of Nursing, but the Battle of Manila put a halt to her studies

•She taught at the Arellano University in Manila where she had taken up writing courses
The Carpenter - he applied in the agency where Ms. Mijares worked.
He was the one who fulfill Ms. Mijares desire.
Settings 1950's END
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