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1. Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio C.

Brillantes Presented by: Gil, Bajao,

Teng, Garcia, Yu, Mencias Bismark, Braga, and Merritt

2. Plot Summary The main Plot is about a father who wants a son to be a doctor. His
son (Ben) though wants to be in the service of God by becoming a priest. But Dr.
Lazaro has lost his faith because of his profession. After the doctor witnesses his son
baptize an ill child, Dr. Lazaro questions his lack of faith and looks up to God once

3. - Limited Third Person Point of View (Narrator not a character) - The events in the
story seen only through Dr. Lazaros eyes - Readers are able to enter the mind of Dr.
Lazaro; feeling what he feels - Narration: provides a less biased perspective;
enlightening the readers - Openness to opinions and reflections

4. Setting and Atmosphere Story Portrays a location of a dreary ambience - A sense of

Hopelessness The story was constantly set in darkness: - The story happened late at
night, the light bulb under they leave in their house was dim, the road going to the gas
station was dark, the way to Esteban's house was dark, and everything in the story was
set in darkness. - In all of those dark places a source of light was present and those
sources of light brought things into focus even for just a short amount of time. Context
Clues: the view of the stars, highway lights, wide plains from veranda, and the
phonograph; these suggest the 1980s to 2000s

5. Dr. Lazaro Protagonist, Country Doctor Apathetic to his profession and clients
Empty/dead Dr. Lazaros Wife Flat Character Latent Behaviour Ben Lazaro Foil
Character (age, faith, love their job, care for others Pedro Estaban & family Flat
characters; Strong believers Needs assistance for Pedro and his new-born Distant
relationship w/ her husband - Wants to become a priest and always helpful - Fervent
faith, could influence his father Struggling with God and Family Tries to rekindle his
relationships Characters It was as though indifference were an infection that had
entered his blood it was everywhere in his body Dr. Lazaro

6. Themes Dr. Lazaro doubted his faith because of certain events such as his son's
death and the everyday happenings in his occupation. Doubts in your beliefs will rise
when certain traumatic or important events happen in your life. These doubts are tests
of conviction.

7. Symbol Scene wherein Dr. Lazaro and Ben were going back home after the baby
died. Dr. Lazaro was following the dim light of the flashlight that Ben was holding.

8. Duty had taken the place of an exhausted compassion You should do what you
love, and you should love what you do. That is what work is all about. But for Dr.
Lazaro, he feels as if his compassion for his work has all dried out. It is ironic how
something you once loved and was compassionate about vanishes and slowly morphs
into something you feel like you are obliged to do. Religion is one of the factors of the
downfall of Mr. Lazaros marriage, and religion is one factor how it got him quite closer
to his son. The death of Estebans son triggers the memories of his own sons death.

9. At his old age, it is only now that Dr. Lazaro realizes this: for certain things, like
love, there was only so much time. There is irony in the theme of life versus death as
seen with Estebans son. Usually, in literature, babies represent the beginning of a new
life. But Estebans baby dies. Lazaros wife is very religious and their home is filled with
religious paraphernalia, but Dr. Lazaro is extremely cynical towards religion and seems
to doubt that there is a higher being living among us. E <3 N
Transcript of Faith, love, time and Dr. Lazaro

Gregorio C. Brillantes, a Palanca Award Hall of Famer and a multi-awarded fiction

writer, is one of the Philippines' most popular writers in English.

Known for his sophisticated and elegant style, he has been compared to James Joyce.

He often writes about individuals under thirty, adolescent or post adolescent ones who
struggle with alienation from family, society and from themselves. His earlier collection
of short stories earned him the title of the "Catholic Writer". But elements of the fantastic
also come in his works.

In the 2006 Graphic/Fiction Awards, the main local sponsor of the contest, specialty
book shop Fully Booked, acknowledged Brillantes as one of the godfathers of fantastic
literature in English by naming the first category the Gregorio C. Brillantes Prize for

Brillantes is a native of Camiling, Tarlac. He obtained his Litt. B. degree in the Ateneo
de Manila University. He has edited Sunburst, The Manila Review, Focus, Asia-
Philippines Leader and the Philippines Free Press.

Published collections of short stories:

The Distance to Andromeda and Other Stories

The Apollo Centennial


On a Clear Day in November Shortly Before the Millennium, Stories for a Quarter

He also has published collections of essays:

Looking for Rizal in Madrid

Chronicles of Interesting Times

The Cardinal's Sins, the General's Cross, the Martyr's Testimony and other Affirmations.

Gregorio C. Brillantes


Presented by:

Garcia, Maegan M.

Macarilay, Chrishanel

Yranon, Genieca

Faith, love, time and Dr. Lazaro

By Gregorio C. Brillantes

The story tone is sadness, sorrowful and emptiness loss because of the past. But later
on, the tone became hopeful because of his son.



The style of the writer's character is that they are locked in their past, the character
blames God because of what is happening. But his son enlighten him that everything
that has reason. Everything has its own destiny.





When Dr. Lazaro and Ben are on their way home, Dr. Lazaro realized everything
around him, the town, the people, his family, his faith love and time -- it was long gone


"Everything has its end, you can't change one's destiny."


San Miguel

In the time when Dr. Lazaro & Ben are having a deep

conversation in the car while heading their way to San Miguel

When Dr. Lazaro was doing his best to save the

baby who was dying from tetanus

"Doubts in your beliefs will rise when certain

traumatic or important events happen in your life. These doubts are tests of conviction"

"Don't lose hope/faith in God. Everything has its reasons."

"Don't let the trials/problems ruin the closeness of your family."

"Time is short, make the most out of it "


Objective third-person observer

The story is told by a narrator not involved in the story itself. Objective third person
means the narrator only knows that someone watching would know. They don't know
peoples thought, but rather actions and words.

The narrator enters the mind and feeling of Dr. Lazaro. The angle of narration allows the
reader to know only how Dr. Lazaro directly and exactly thinks and feels.

This is a story about a doctor who disbelief in faith, love and time. He has also lost his
faith because he has been a witness to countless, seemingly random deaths: a patient
with cancer; then there is a baby who is now dying from tetanus: but most of all, there
was his eldest son who committed suicide. From that, it made the doctor focus
mechanically on his job just to forget the pain, and his wife become more immersed in
religion than in family.
Dr. Lazaro received a call from Pedro Esteban in Nambalan one night. He had a week-
old child whom Dr.Lazaro had tetanus. Dr. Lazaro agreed to go and his wife also
suggested that their son, Ben, to take him their instead. Ben (came) with Dr. Lazaro to
drive him to Pedro Esteban's place.

Dr. Lazaro tried to know Ben better by asking about the book

he was reading and his career choices. Ben stated that he was uncertain of his career

When they (got) to Esteban's house through a boat ride, they saw an old couple, a 10
year old boy and the

sick child on the floor. Dr. Lazaro did what he could but it was too late. The child's bluish
color slowly turned grey and the child was dying. Ben baptized the dying child before
they left, Dr. Lazaro saw the whole thing.

On the way home, Dr. Lazaro and Ben talked about the baptism

of the child , leaving Dr. Lazaro to questions his views on faith.


About the author

Let the story begin