Ang Magpapawid is a novel written by Teodoro Virrey. It tells the story of a character named Pedring and his journey through life. A film based on this novel, with the same title, was released in 1950.
Pedring is the son of Donya Concha, a very wealthy woman. Unfortunately, Donya Concha is widowed. She then decides to remarry, but her new husband turns out to be physically abusive to Pedring.
Pedring runs away from home, and while looking for a place to stay, he meets a magpapawid (straw weaver), who is building a house. The magpapawid asks the boy to stay with him. After Pedring is settled, he starts working for a wealthy couple: Don Ernesto and Donya Erlinda.
He meets the couple’s adopted daugher, Avelina. She does not know that she is adopted, and upon learning the truth, decides to leave home. She is found and taken in by a woman named Donya Martina.
After a few years, Pedring and Avelina meet again. Pedring finds out that Donya Martina is actually his mother Donya Concha. Avelina meanwhile also finds out that Don Ernesto is not just her adoptive parent but her real father. The story concludes happily with Pedring and Avelina ending up together.
The movie’s promotional posters featured the catchphrase, “A novel with history becomes a movie of Great Beauty.”
- Virrey, Teodoro. Ang Magpapawid, published in 1928.
- Ang Magpapawid. IMDb. Accessed on 27 May 2021.