In Mill of the Gods Martha offers a prayer of thanksgiving when her father, a habitual womanizer, dies.
She prefers the role of a mistress to that of wife, seeing as how her mother had suffered all her life. Filipino men have different personalities and portrayed differently in all aspect. In the selection "Pagka't Lalaki Ka" by Michael Coroza, he pictured Filipino men as a fighter, an independent person and a disciplinary figure. The selection critics on how man acts in accordance with the values that had been identified on his personalities. The Thomasian author points out qualifications that a Filipino man should posses. First, a Filipino man should act with respect, honor and dignity. Being vulnerable, being sad, and crying are hard things to do. Even harder for men. But crying would be the best way to release pain and anger. Men should also accept defeat and know to handle responsibility well. A man is a symbol of greatness, power, and beauty that made the author compared him to famous edifices in history. A man as an independent person is eager and determined to fight for what he believes in. He remains as a subject in history. They were among the greatest icon that was known for their bravery, courage, and wisdom. The story is about a doctor from New York named Dr. Gerald McAllister and his journey at Ubec as he encountered an Ubecan widow named Agustina Macaraig who is rumored to have horns when he was an infant and is a half-man, half-myth creature. Dr. Gerald McAllister went to his house to eat lunch and return to his office at the Ubec General Hospital. It was March 16, 1903 on that day. A year and a half passed after his arrival to Ubec from San Francisco. Three years passed since his wife, Blanche, died. He met Agustina Macaraig, an Ubecan widow, at the hospital. She went there to have a medical check up, but Gerald requested her to return after lunch because there were no doctors on duty. A story has been told about Agustina by Dr. Jaime Laurel, his assistant, during their walk at the park. According to the story, Agustina is a half woman, half myth creature. Her mother is a laundry woman while her father is an encantando, a river spirit. She was born with horns, but then her mother bribed the carpenter to saw them off. During Gerald s visit to the Mayor s house he went to the verandah to drink his rice wine. There he met Agustina again. She tried flirting with him and invited him to have dinner at her house with her child. After their dinner, Gerald went home with anger and confusion. Like him, Agustina should keep on lamenting for the death of her spouse, but it was the other way around. He tried forgetting it by staring at an album of pictures of his wedding with Blanche. Blanche was a surgical nurse and married Gerald but she died due to consumption. In order to stop himself from mourning, Gerald went to Philippines and worked there as the Public Health Director of Ubec. Night passed and the next day came, Gerald went to Jaime s office. Jaime told him that the mother of the Mayor died but Gerald, instead of showing sympathy, did not care at all, which made Jaime angry. Gerald went to the Mayor s house, where the body of the old woman was in funeral service, to show sympathy.
the mourners. Gerald went home after the event. including Gerald.After the burial of the Mayor s mother. but then he decided to swim in the river during the night. There he met Agustina again and had a conversation with her. went back to the Mayor s house to have a banquet. which always happen at the end of a funeral service. until they fell into each other s arms. He went there and saw Agustina slowly approaching him as he swam.