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Scent of Apples

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Scent of Apples
The scent of apples is the first and only book of short stories of Bienvenido Santos to appear in the United States. The next year it won the American Book award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

The Overseas Filipino workers(OFWs) is defined as those Filipino who are presently and temporarily out of the country to fulfill an overseas work contract for a specific length of time.
The number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2014 was estimated at 2.3 million

Popular Jobs abroad for OFWs are engineers, seamen,domestic helpers, health care workers, factory workers, and skilled workers such as plumber,welder, electrical teachnician, driver and carpenter
Top 10 countries where OFW's are developed are Saudi Arabia, UAE,singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Italy, Bahrain, and Malaysia

Mr. Santos, was asked to speak before an audience in Kalamazoo, MI one October when the war was still on. On the same night he met another Filipino – Celestino Fabia, a farmer. Mr. Santos was surprised to see a man who travelled really long just to hear him talk. In the course of the discussion, the man asked, in sporadically incorrect English, how the Filipino women of today were different from the stereotype he was familiar with. Mr. Santos replied that although they differ in the exterior, both women of different eras bear the heart and soul of a modest Filipina. Mr. Fabia was pleased.
They finally arrived in the farm, the fragrance of apples diffusing all over the place. Mr. Santos noticed how Ruth’s hospitality and kind-heartedness was almost Filipino and how adorable Roger really was. In their humble home, he also found a picture of an anonymous Filipina wearing a traditional costume – another manifestation of how dire Mr. Fabia’s nostalgia is. He bade farewell to the family and Mr. Fabia took him back to the hotel. He offered to send news to his family when he got back to the Philippines but Mr. Fabia refused, saying that they might have already forgotten him. They shook each other’s hand and said goodbye.
After the lecture, Mr. Fabia told Mr. Santos about his farm and his family and invited him over to his house, repeatedly saying that his wife, Ruth, will be pleased to meet “a first class Filipino”. He also told him about his son, Roger, with pride. Mr. Fabia picked Mr. Santos up the next day and during the course of what seemed to be an endless journey to the distant farm, Mr. Santos became aware of Mr. Fabia’s life in the Philippines. He was a spoiled brat and the black sheep of the family. He lived in an old Visayan town where there are no apples. But there are coconut trees and roosters cooing early in the morning, and there was his family.
Bienvenido Santos

Born: Tondo, Manila
March 22, 1991
Died: January 7, 1996

University of the Philippines in 1932
Best known as a novelist and short-story writer, also a poet, memoirist, and autobiographer
United States: Columbia University, Harvard University,
and University of Illinois
Notable works:
Scent of Apples
Notable Awards:
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards (1956, 1961, 1965)
Republic Cultural Heritage Award in Literature
American Book Award (1980)
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
Arrived in San Francisco October 12, 1941 aboard the Ruth Alexander leaving his wife and three daughters in the Philippines
Florentino Valeros
a man hiding tears in his laughter
World War II: served with the Philippine government in exile under President Manuel L. Quezon in Washington, D.C.,
Severino Montano & Jose Garcia Villa
The Volcano (1965)
Villa Magdalena (1965)
The Praying Man (1982)
The Man Who (Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor (1983)
What the Hell for You Left Your Heart in San Francisco? (1987)
Short story collections
You Lovely People (1955)
Brother, My Brother (1960)
The Day the Dancers Came (1967, 1991)
Scent of Apples (1979)
Dwell in the Wilderness (1985)
The Old Favorites
The Wounded Stag (1956,1992)
Distances: In Time (1983)
"March of Death"
Music for One
Memory's Fictions: A Personal History (1993)
Postscript to a Saintly Life (1994)
Selected Letters: Book 1 (1995)
Selected Letters: Book 2 (1996)
Mr. Santos
Character modeled of the author
Filipino Young Man
Went to Kalamazoo, America for a conference
Writer and traveler
A man of sophistication and education
Celestino Fabia
Humble Filipino farmer in exile who live with his family
Immigrant from the Philippines
One who asked about Filipino women
Describes himself as "just a Filipino farmer"
Remembered his long lost youth
Married to an american woman named..
Celestino's wife, an American country girl
Took care of Celestino when he was sick even though she was pregnant
Celestino and Ruth's son
Goes to school in town
"ate like a little gentleman", exuding niceness and innocence.
Admired the Filipino young man
Scent of
Blur Painting
Exile, loneliness, and isolation
Preservation of Filipino women
of hope
Filipino Women
Overseas Filipino Worker
Preservation of Filipino traits
Home: not a place where a person grew up, but where he is at present
Trials and struggles
"just a Filipino farmer" = Racial Discrimination
1.What good it will bring you when you look back to your past and your homeland? Do you believe in the saying, "Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan?"
2. If you have given the opportunity to work here in the Philippines and abroad, would you still choose to work here with lesser salary than working abroad? Why? Why not?
3. If you were the main character, what would you feel if you were far from your homeland and your family?
University of the Philippines
Bicol University (Albay, Bicol)
Professor of Creative Writing and Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Wichita State University
Visiting Writer and Artist at De La Salle University in Manila
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