Jose Villa’s Footnote to Youth

We were asked to read a short story entitled “Footnote to Youth”, written by Jose Garcia Villa. So, I read it. The story is about a teenage boy, Dodong, who wanted to marry his girlfriend, Teang, at the age of 17. He thinks that he is already old enough for marriage, but the life that followed after their marriage was not really the life they expected. Teang gave birth to their first son, Blas, then followed by more. Dodong ang his wife started to regret. In this story, Dodong is a good example of some teenagers nowadays. What I don’t understand is that, why do lots of teenage girls get themselves pregnant? I mean like, do they know how to raise up a child? What about the child’s future? Didn’t they think about these stuff before getting themselves pregnant? I’m sure they didn’t, but they should’ve. After how many years, Dodong realized his mistakes. Only then he knew that he was too young to marry. If he could just bring back time and not marry Teang. One of Dodong’s mistakes is that he was such in a hurry to marry. He didn’t think about his life after their marriage. All he thought about was he wanted to be with Teang. My question is, why did Dodong’s father allowed him to marry? And when Blas turned 18, he also asked his father, Dodong, if he may marry Tona, his girlfriend. When Dodong heard that, he was silent. And even though he didn’t want his son to marry, he still allowed him. He was silent. He was hurt. He knew what life awaits Blas and Tona after they marry, but didn’t warn him. Dodong felt very sad and sorry for his son.

I hope that by this short story, teenagers won’t do the same mistake Dodong did.

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Dear Diary

So this is just a made up story/ diary for our English homework.

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This diary was written by an 8th grader girl who has a big crush on a varsity basketball player who doesn’t really like her.


Dear Diary,

Today wasn’t just like any ordinary school day. Today was totally different. You know why? Because I caught HIM staring at me! After the bell rang, KRIIING! KRIIING! I went out of our classroom for fresh air, then when I turned my back, he was right in front of me. Like RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. I saw his bright blue gorgeous eyes staring at me politely with his angry face. He was wearing his dark blue jacket that he wears everyday, his black Ray-Ban glasses, his hair was neatly combed like a gangster and he was carrying his red basketball. When I saw him, I was so shocked because I didn’t know what to do. Our faces were real close. Then he told me, “Excuse me? Don’t block my way you ugly Science girl.” When he said those words, my heartbeat went fast! He called me ‘ugly’ and that was soooo sweet! He actually noticed me after how many years and he even talked to me. I really felt so pretty that time. After he said those words, I didn’t move and I just stared at him for a few seconds then he suddenly pushed me to the railings! He actually TOUCHED me. He pushed me with his two beautiful hands. By that time, I knew that he also likes me :’>.

Yup. So today is truly one of the best days of my life!

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A Way to Kill School Children + Reality

Recently during English class, we talked about a poem entitled, “A Way to Kill Schoolchildren” written by Victorio N. Sugbo. At first, I honestly wasn’t even curious to know what the poem was all about, but when our teacher started discussing the poem, I felt this excitement inside me. The poem doesn’t really talks about how to literally kill schoolchildren, but instead it talks about fairytales blinding us from the truth. Fairytales always have a “happily ever after” at the ending part of each story, but when go back to the real thing, there is no such thing as a happily ever after at all. We need to work hard for us to have a happy ending in life. We do not have a “Prince” or a “Fairy” to depend on. The story of our lives depends on us.

During our break time, I read an article written by Nathan Allen. The title of the article is, “Filipinos: Think, Think, Think!!”. Everything he said in the article is very true. Specially when he said “The Philippines seems to be a country full of consumers and copycats.” Why don’t we try to be producers instead of always being the consumers? And why don’t we try to create something originally made in the Philippines? Filipinos usually depend on other countries. Just like when typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, all we did was to ask for help. What I like about this article is that Nathan Allen was very honest on what he wrote about us. He told us what he really thinks about Filipinos and didn’t hide the truth from us.