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In YOU LOVELY PEOPLE, his first book, Bienvenido N. Santos has presented what may well be the essence of those years - the loneliness and hunger of a people who were almost all of them hurt and broken to the bone. But for an ideal, which Santos so eloquently dramatizes in this book, they would have lost their very souls. In this sense YOU LOVELY PEOPLE is a document and at In YOU LOVELY PEOPLE, his first book, Bienvenido N. Santos has presented what may well be the essence of those years - the loneliness and hunger of a people who were almost all of them hurt and broken to the bone. But for an ideal, which Santos so eloquently dramatizes in this book, they would have lost their very souls. In this sense YOU LOVELY PEOPLE is a document and at once a portrait of the Filipino heart.


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In YOU LOVELY PEOPLE, his first book, Bienvenido N. Santos has presented what may well be the essence of those years - the loneliness and hunger of a people who were almost all of them hurt and broken to the bone. But for an ideal, which Santos so eloquently dramatizes in this book, they would have lost their very souls. In this sense YOU LOVELY PEOPLE is a document and at In YOU LOVELY PEOPLE, his first book, Bienvenido N. Santos has presented what may well be the essence of those years - the loneliness and hunger of a people who were almost all of them hurt and broken to the bone. But for an ideal, which Santos so eloquently dramatizes in this book, they would have lost their very souls. In this sense YOU LOVELY PEOPLE is a document and at once a portrait of the Filipino heart.

30 review for You Lovely People (Filipino Literary Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamille Mae Lardizabal

    This was one of the many book reviews I had to submit for my BLL 104 class in UP. YOU LOVELY PEOPLE A Review “The great man is he who in the midst of the crowds, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quotation aptly reveals the true Filipino Spirit, one that exudes zeal, especially when put in dire situations, during our nakedness, our helplessness. It is beyond our fine brown-skin which makes us standout among blonds and brunettes. It is the love This was one of the many book reviews I had to submit for my BLL 104 class in UP. YOU LOVELY PEOPLE A Review “The great man is he who in the midst of the crowds, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quotation aptly reveals the true Filipino Spirit, one that exudes zeal, especially when put in dire situations, during our nakedness, our helplessness. It is beyond our fine brown-skin which makes us standout among blonds and brunettes. It is the loveliness innate in every Filipino – our kindness of heart, hospitality, gallantry, tranquility, that is unique; that despite emotional turmoil we remain undaunted, like pliant bamboos swaying with the wind, but never wasted. In his first book, You Lovely People, Bienvenido N. Santos impressively captured the portrait of the Filipino heart, the uniqueness of our character, the Filipino struggle to remain whole; mostly sentiments of Filipinos abroad, how the immortality and illegality of the war affected them. The book which is the result of the author’s poignant recollection of his own experiences abroad not just revolves around simple reminiscence of acquaintances and poker games, of falling snow, and apple trees and solitude under the elms; but openly discusses serious concerns like patriotism, feudalism, interracial relationships, racism, and economic and political issues. The book, composing a collection of short stories, was indeed ingeniously crafted in such an unconventional writing style that could not have been employed in any other literary sort than in a free-flowing narrative prose, delicately woven by the author’s subtle expression and point of view –a plausible account of past experiences, a combination of fiction and reality. Thus he is able to channel in his characters’ metamorphoses a clear picture of reality. This arbitrary then gives a redefined flavor that distinguishes the book from other literary pieces. The story focuses on the uniqueness of the Filipino character, taking a closer look. Santos saw an enigma, that of a trait that is unique. To dwell on its truth, he sensitively penetrated the Filipino spirit into the character of Ambo, and that of his own viewpoint. The story focuses mainly on Ambo’s point of view. He is the epitome of every Filipino, so do the other supporting characters in the story. They are not passive heroes but active men, who transform themselves from being naïve to being dynamic. Like Val, Leo, Mike, Ben, Doc, Teroy, the “hurt men” in the story, typical Filipinos – strong men of conviction, gentlemen, industrious, witty. These are the Filipinos with high ambitions, who dream beyond dreams, who do not accept limitation, always reaching, struggling; with a continual thirst for a better life, far beyond farms, coconut trees and nipa houses; but as far and ambitious as elm-shaded parks, apple trees, A-houses and stone monuments of foreign lands. And maybe a pair of modest, Americana suits would do and a white girl’s arms around their necks. Though they strive for all this, they still are resilient to raging circumstances. Beneath those wrinkled smiles, thick calloused hands, beneath that radiant brown skin, lies a wound, a scar even, which endured great longing and loss. Yet even so, they somehow remained disillusioned; with their sole consolation of their great love for their country, inspired by their fellowmen, much more by their unfading admiration and loyalty to the Filipino women. The Filipino spirit stays alive, the flame of survival amidst their plight flickers still; strengthened by their great love for their country, their fellowmen, inspiring them, making them whole. The characters in the book are a reflection of every Filipino. I see many Filipinos, mostly overseas workers, who are just like Ambo; though they have tied themselves to menial chores, their integrity remains intact and are able to preserve in their own hearts the rich culture of their own country. That though they are faced by varying degrees of life’s challenges here and abroad, it somehow cultivated in them a unique sense of survival and unwavering loyalty to their country. However, there are characters in the story that employ the mediocre ways of Filipinos. There’s Val who, at times, feudal and chauvinistic. There’s witty JP who became powerful because of his wealthy wife and whose colonial mentality makes him abandon his country. And there’s the attractive Doc who’s blonde crazy. And Ambo, the illiterate old man, the image of a gambler alive in him. This merely shows that we, Filipinos are human too, that we have our own human limitations and weaknesses. It is sad to note that there are Filipinos who leave our country for greener pastures abroad and forget altogether their roots. It is in this context that we sometimes lose our own identity. We try to change it thinking it would satisfy us. We find solace in foreign lands, leaving our homeland behind in a swamp of poverty, economic crisis and illiteracy; thinking it would give us the security and improved life that our poor country cannot afford us. Yet, as in the last story in the book reiterates, it is not in leaving our country that we escape our frustrations in our country. It may be true that our country is still in struggle, but there is still hope, if we Filipinos enliven the Bayanihan spirit that’s long been slumbering in us. There’s no use in getting away, for “only rats leave a sinking ship” (p. 235). If we just remain in the bosom of our homeland, the uncertainty and turmoil would gradually morph into a happy, hopeful realization that we will succeed. There’s a knowledge that can be acquired in Santos’ You Lovely People. It is essential to strengthen the consciousness of people everywhere that they are world citizens as well as citizens of their own particular country. Every Filipino, though well scattered across the globe has a unique sense of individuality, the very Filipino heart which makes us lovely beyond our brown skin, our traits, our values that differentiate us from others. It is in the blood flowing in our veins, the Filipino blood that raises our identity, clamping us together, tightening our bond, nursing our hurts, giving us strength. This may well be the reason why foreigners openly expresses their fondness of us, readily embraces our culture even if it may backfire the society’s expectations. That’s how we are loveable to them. They see something in us that we ourselves do not see, something that is not found in their encounter with other people, in snow-covered streets, in apple-scented atmosphere. It is the loveliness we exude, the good quailties we are worthy of admiration – our being God-fearing, warm, one-woman man, hospitable, affectionate, loyal, and industrious and who has a great deal of noble simplicity and humility. Moreover, the book teaches us to distinguish legitimate patriotism that creates a sense of worth and self-respect from nationalism which causes division and destruction. It also imposes in us the appreciation of the diversity of cultures and eradication of prejudice and how important it is to start in ourselves a willful change. The book’s claim is then justifiable, that we Filipinos should start to integrate confidence in our own capabilities. We should stand proud. Like Ambo we can always emerge a winner despite our mediocre ways. After all, we are a lovely people.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dhara Son

    You lovely people has a sort of chipped nobility of people bowed but unruined. A series of vignettes rather than a collection of short stories. This book explores the various pains and sacrifices Filipinos expats and their families and some cases lovers deal with the racism, alienation and frustration of living in the U.S. during the WWII era. Interracial relationships are tested in the face of disappointment and cruelty with friendships forged through alienation becoming brittle with complacenc You lovely people has a sort of chipped nobility of people bowed but unruined. A series of vignettes rather than a collection of short stories. This book explores the various pains and sacrifices Filipinos expats and their families and some cases lovers deal with the racism, alienation and frustration of living in the U.S. during the WWII era. Interracial relationships are tested in the face of disappointment and cruelty with friendships forged through alienation becoming brittle with complacency and time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy Grace Legaspi

    "If you find nothing but indifference where you expected kindness, suspicion instead of trust; or find the dearest ideals which you have cherished all this time as scarce or completely gone as the goodness you believed you reposed in most men, pray, my friends, that such things do not last for long." "If you find nothing but indifference where you expected kindness, suspicion instead of trust; or find the dearest ideals which you have cherished all this time as scarce or completely gone as the goodness you believed you reposed in most men, pray, my friends, that such things do not last for long."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jun Magsino

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Sanchez

    an important historical,social,and cultural document, this memoir of Bienvenido N.Santos should be read by every Filipino who wish to understand our lovely people's plight in exile. an important historical,social,and cultural document, this memoir of Bienvenido N.Santos should be read by every Filipino who wish to understand our lovely people's plight in exile.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sai Quebec

    Well put-up everything was plain lovely. one of Philippines best in literature.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jean

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richie Magayon

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marjonel

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Lumelay

  12. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Bulawan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Winston Manalo

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cleven

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ysabel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janog

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lyra Raymundo

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Meganekko

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rise

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Riza Opinion

  23. 4 out of 5

    John

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ria Clariz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charles Aguillas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ayban Gabriyel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vhiee Garces

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles

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