A Son is Born

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A Son is Born is a story by Manuel Arguilla. It was published in 1937. Set in a Philippine barrio at Christmastime, it relates the story of the birth of the third son in a poor provincial family. The eldest son explains to his younger brother the traditional practices that are involved in the birth of the baby. The story serves mainly to paint a quaint picture of barrio life by presenting local color and the rhythms of the lives of simple folk.


Lumbera, Bienvenido. Philippine Literature: A History and Anthology. Q.C.: National Booksotre: 1982.