AT WAR'S END: AN ELEGY
by simply Rony Versus. Diaz
©2002 by Copper mineral Sturgeon
1 . THE DINNER PARTY
THE evening before he wiped out himself, Virgilio Serrano gave a dinner party. He invited five guests—friends and classmates in university— myself included. Seeing that we existed on grounds in barracks built by the U. T. Army, this individual sent his Packard to fetch all of us. Virgilio resided alone within a pre-war chalet that hailed from his relatives. Four maids and a driver anxiously waited on him hand and foot. The chalet, to some extent damaged, was one of the few properties in Ermita that made it the bombardment and streets fighting to liberate Manila. It had been masterfully restored; the broken lattices, fretwork, cover windows and wrought straightener fence was repaired or perhaps replaced at considerable charge. A hedge of ense?a española was planted plus the scorched frangipani and hibiscus shrubs have been pruned carefully. Thus, Virgilio's house was an satrical presence inside the violated area. He was around the porch if the car arrived at a crunching halt on the graveled driveway. He shook our hands solemnly, then ushered all of us into the living room. In the half-light, almost everything in the room glowed, shimmered or shone. The ferruginous narra floor glowed. The pier glass coruscated. The bentwood furniture in the house in Jaen viewed as if that they had been burnished. In a corner, surrounded by bookcases, a dark-colored Steinway piano sparkled just like glass. Virgilio was immaculate in light de hilo pants and cotton shirt. I felt ill comfortable in my extra khakis and combat boots. We were bushed our second year. Quickly we will be on different educational paths—Victor in philosophy; Zacarias in physics and chemistry; Enrique in electrical architectural; and Apolonio, law. Virgilio and I have both made a decision to make a job in English language literature. Virgilio was also enrolled in the Conservatory and courses inside the philosophy of science. We were all in awe of Virgilio. He seemed to know everything. He as well did anything without any work. He had certainly not been seen studying or perhaps cramming pertaining to an examination in any subject, be it background, anthropology or calculus. Yet the grades that he received were only a shade off perfection. �
HE and I were from the same province exactly where our households owned grain farms except that ours was tiny, hundreds of hectares, when compared to Serrano's, a well-watered finca that protected 2, 1000 hectares of land because flat like a table. The hacienda have been parceled to be able to eleven inquilinos who together controlled of a thousand tenants. The Serranos had a significant stone home with a ceramic tile roof that dated returning to the seventeenth century that they used during the summer months. The inquilinos addressed Don Pepe's spinster sis, the strong Clara, who also knew all their share from the harvest towards the last mojadura. She was furthermore in residence most days of the year. Virgilio was your only child. His mom was slain in a engine accident if he was eight. Don Entrain never remarried. He became more and more determined by Clara when he devoted him self to catalogs, music and conversation. His house in Cabildo was obviously a salon during the years of the Commonwealth. At nighttime, spirited debates on fine art, religion language, politics and world affairs would last until the initial light of dawn. Everyone who occupied the suburbs had been served breakfasts before they drove off in their runabouts to Sta. Cruz, Ermita or San Miguel. Different ones stumbled on cobblestones on their in the past to their personal mansions within the cincture of Intramuros. In October, Quezon himself came for merienda. He had just appointed General MacArthur field marshal of the Filipino Army as a result of disturbing media from Nanking and Chosun. Quezon heart-broken the Americans for not currently taking him in their confidence. Nevertheless like most talented politicians, he had a preternatural sense of danger. " The Japanese should go to war against the People in america before this coming year is out, Energie, ” Quezon rasped, searching him direct in the eye. It was the reason the Serranos prepared to move out of Manila. Because...