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Author: Lualhati Bautista Dekada 70 is a Filipino novel that can be classified as a political and historical novel. The novel was written by Lualhati Bautista, a woman who first-handedly witnessed the situation during martial law.
In the same year of publication, the novel won one of the two grand prize winners for the Palanca Awards for the novel. Dekada 70 was later adapted into a film by Star Cinema in , which was starred by Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos. She took up Journalism in the Lyceum of the Philippines, and eventually stopped schooling because all she wanted to do was write. She started writing while she was still 16 years old, and was mainly influenced by her parents who were into composing and poem-writing.
Her first stories were published in the magazine, Liwayway. In addition to being a novelist, Lualhati Bautista is also a movie and television scriptwriter and a short story writer. Her first screenplay is Sakada Seasonal Sugarcane Workers , a story written in that exposed the plight of Filipino peasants. Dekada 70 is a story about a middle-class family that experienced a chaotic life during the Martial Law Period in the history of the Philippines.
It shows how a mother becomes torn between the letter of the law and her responsibilities as a mother. Amanda is also a mother of five boys. Jules, her eldest son is a part of an organization that advocates democracy and because of that, his family experienced a horror like story. Amanda is a persistent mother that even if the struggles in her family was beginning to reach its peak point, she continued to be a caring mother to her sons.
The Philippine society was involved in the story because Jules was fighting for the rights of the Filipino citizens under the administration of President Marcos. Jules and some of his companions were punished because of their rebellious act towards the government. The book was written in the Filipino language to easily spread the knowledge of the story to other Filipino citizens which focuses on how one family within the Martial Law Period deal with their problems and struggles.
Dekada 70 introduces the new generations of Filipino readers to a story and a family of a particular time in Philippine history. Its appeal lies in the evolution of its characters that embody the new generation of Filipinos. The plot of the book was apprehensive. Beside the story of the family, the book also focuses on how the government in this period of the history rules the Philippines by dominance which causes some Filipinos to revolt against their way of governing such that the administration has discriminated the rights of the Filipinos.
In the administration freedom of the press was severely limited and opponents of Marcos were detained. She is a woman who wants to be a useful citizen to our country. The book also lets us understand that men are not the only ones who can work and do something for a change, but also women. It is not focused in the character itself and the flow of the story, and that factor makes it more interesting to read the book. It is not just written to tell a story but it is written to make the readers realized that everything is affected by the politics even our personal lives and our family matters.
In the book, what the characters feel and think are clearly depicted that the readers can truly feel their emotions—as if the emotions were their own. Unlike the film, the scenes in the novel were vivid, raw and in detailed. The narrative followed no rules because it was anchored on what truly transpired.
In the movie version, many changes had been done, perhaps to comply with the regulations of the movie board or to appeal to the audience. In addition to that, many crucial chapters from the book were omitted in the film adaptation.
In other words, Martial Law is told by a mother who endured the hardship that comes with the said happening while fulfilling her responsibility in her family. Aside from that, Bautista also considered the standpoints of the other people involved: protesters, soldiers, and the youth.
Through her style, readers were able to relate themselves to the situation of the characters. The most unforgettable part of the novel, perhaps, is when Jason was missing.
Although it was already expected, it was an emotionally-charged event. The readers can feel the pain of losing a child. It is really heartbreaking when one starts to imagine the situation of Amanda and Julian. Dekada 70 by Lualhati Bautista is truly a worthwhile read and the reviewers would readily recommend this novel to anyone who would like to study Philippine history, specifically during the Marcos era. The reviewers think it is crucial for more students to become aware of the events during Martial Law in order to understand how this event shaped the Philippine society in which they are part of at present.
For this reason, the reviewers give the selection five out of five stars. Since I was a child, it has been my dream to defend the country from its enemies. As long as blood is running through my veins, my life belongs only to my country, the Philippines.
Alvarez, Cristine Anne A. My family is inclined with the field of medicine that is why I chose to be a doctor. My parents are my inspiration to be a doctor that despite the hardships in studying, they still manage to achieve their dream by not giving up. As for my parents, being a doctor is a serious job that needs compassion and patience. I will persistently strive harder to achieve my dreams and to help people.
Dekada '70 (Ang Orihinal at Kumpletong Edisyon)
It was in September 21st, , that he chained close whatever inkling of democracy the Filipinos had by declaring Martial Law. It is a novel of a mother and her family, how society around her affects her family. It is a tale of she becomes torn between the letter of the law or her responsibility as a mother. Amanda acts as a supposed symbolism of detachment. First of all, she was a mother, a housewife; such were not considered integral parts of society during those times. She was not the breadwinner; she did not experience the foremost effects of the decline of the Philippines economy back then. She was a member of the middle class; her family did not take money, like the rich, nor did her family suffer the worst of the financial crises, like the poor.
On Lualhati Bautista’s ‘Dekada ’70’
She was a journalism student at the Lyceum of the Philippines , but dropped out because she had always wanted to be a writer and schoolwork was taking too much time. It is a multi-layered scrutiny of the politics behind US bases in the Philippines , seen from the point of view of ordinary citizens living in Olongapo City. It details how a middle-class family struggled and faced the changes that empowered Filipinos to rise against the Marcos government. These events happened after the bombing of Plaza Miranda , the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus , the proclamation of martial law and the random arrests of political prisoners. The oppressive nature of the Marcos regime, which made the people become more radical, and the shaping of the decade were all witnessed by the female protagonist, Amanda Bartolome, the mother of five boys. The novel deals with the questions of how it is to be a mother, and how a mother executes this role through modern-day concepts of parenthood. Her first screenplay was Sakada Seasonal Sugarcane Workers , , which exposed the plight of Filipino peasants.
Author: Lualhati Bautista Dekada 70 is a Filipino novel that can be classified as a political and historical novel. The novel was written by Lualhati Bautista, a woman who first-handedly witnessed the situation during martial law. In the same year of publication, the novel won one of the two grand prize winners for the Palanca Awards for the novel. Dekada 70 was later adapted into a film by Star Cinema in , which was starred by Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos. She took up Journalism in the Lyceum of the Philippines, and eventually stopped schooling because all she wanted to do was write.