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A Child of Sorrow is a novel by the Filipino author Zoilo Galang. It is considered the first Philippine novel written in English. Critics have suggested that the. Jan 11, Biographical Approach in the story “A child of Sorrow” by Zoilo Galang Presented by Yamo, Jimar M. Mar 31, “A Child of Sorrow” by Zoilo Galang (Analysis) SUMMARY It was summer in April in the Fertile Valley when Lucio and Camilo had prepared for.

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Critical Analysis on Literature: A Child Of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang

Lunes, Hulyo 27, A child of sorrow. Zoilo Galang was born in Bacolor on 27 June and his young life was spent in that bucolic town, famed for its writers and artists.

A self-starter, he learned typing and stenography in English and Spanish all by himself.

Attracted to the English language, he took special courses at the University of the Philippines inthen went to Columbia University for further studies in Literature. He was soon writing books of fiction, biography and philosophy, and his output was prodigious. This srorow later made into a movie in But his greatest opus undoubtedly is the Encyclopedia of the Philippines, which began as a 10 volume set when first printed.

Galang himself, edited and wrote entries for the book set which covered Philippine literature, biography, commerce and industry, art, education, religion, government, science, history and builders of the new Philippines. The Encyclopedia of the Philippines came with a general information and index.


It was written by Zoilo M.

Galang, a native of Mabalacat Pampanga. The novel was set in Merrytown one summer in the month of April. Their story ended up tragically and encountered almost all sorts of hindrances. The hardest was when Rosa was married to the selfish Oscar Ramirez. Lucio met Rosa in his vacation to Merrytown. When he first met her, he suddenly felt different, something beyond friendship, so did Rosa.

After a couple of days, they met again, pushing Lucio to confess his love for Rosa. He spent most of his vacation time with Rosa until such time came when he was about to returning o his provincial town. Leaving was hard for both of them, but they remained strong, strong until Lucio knew that Rosa was about to be married to Oscar.

Child of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang

Rosa was unhappy, of course, since he was married to a man whom not only because she doesn’t love him, but because all he thinks about is nothing but himself. Many other circumstances came to test the love of Rosa and Lucio.

The author somehow related his characteristics to the character of Lucio Soliman, in a way of his love for books. Based on the novel, I can guess, though it was sorgow written in his biography, that Mr. Galang has lived a peaceful life in the province, same as Lucio, since he came from Mabalacat, Pampanga.

A Child of Sorrow

I can also say that he might also met his first love at a tender age, we can guess that he can also be madly inlove then. I can even say that there is a possibility that this novel can be a revised or even an identical version of his own love story.


The novel tells a typical setting of a Filipino love story. The scenes in the story are still seen in the present times, though it has been written in the past.

This makes the story eternal and timeless; from being in love at a young age, to the issues of fixed marriage, up to the societal issues such as bribery. The way the author writes the order of scenes, I can say that some of the scenes can be a little bit predictable, which can also be manifested in teleseryes in the modern times.

Child of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang

aglang This somehow set the standards or techniques of Filipino authors. To add to it, the author made the sequence of scenes organized, and often uses flashbacks, which can still be seen in modern Filipino Tele novelas. The sampaguita flower- serves as the symbol of love for Lucio and Rosa. The story, as a whole serves as an inspiration and a building block for all Filipino authors. Ipinaskil ni Tiffah Tateffie sa