Sampagitang Walang Bango
Sampagitang Walang Bango is a novel by Iñigo Ed. Regalado published in 1921. A striking portrait of Manila in the time of the American Occupation, the novel is an exploration of the changing values and mores in society. It revolves around adultery among the elite of Manila.
Nenita is the attractive but unloved wife of a successful businessman named Bandino. Her husband has mastered the art of seducing women with gifts and allurements. Tired of her forlorn and alienated state, Nenita rebels and gets into an affair with Pakito, a lawyer engaged to be married. When Bandino discovers the affair, he tries to kill himself out of anger and shame. He is saved and brought back to reason by the fortuitous arrival of their daughter, and the two go abroad. Nenita, also abandoned by her lover Pakito for his fiance Liling, wallows in her sorrow and solitariness.
A cultural chronicle and critique of the slow decline of traditional values and morals with the influx of Western values and lifestyles, Sampagitang Walang Bango captures the lives of the elite of that decade with asides to ostentatious parties and outings, outlandish fashion, and the Manila Carnival. The theme of moral tension or decline became more prevalent with the on-set of more writers in that and later decades of the American Occupation.
- Sampagitang Walang Bango at Filipiniana.Net (Accesssed May 2, 2008)
- Regalado, Iñigo Ed. Sampagitang Walang Bango. Manila: P. Sayo, 1921.