The Philippine literature started before the Spaniards colonized our country.
Our ancestors were called Pagans because the Spaniards thought they didn’t have their own system of writing for they did not understand Baybayin – system of writing of our natives.
Enticed by stories of the United States and by the departure of his elder brothers Macario and Dionisio for California, in 1930 Bulosan quit his job working for his family peddling vegetables and salted fish at the local market.
He paid $75 for passage on the Dollar Line to Seattle, Washington.
AN ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINE LITERATURE IN PRE-COLONIAL PERIOD DIANA ROSE I.
ORILLA STEM 11-08, Senior High school Department Polytechnic University of the Philippines “It’s more fun in the Philippines”, indeed it was, because of the hospitality of Filipinos, the great and breath-taking places here and many more.One of the famous folk epics is Biag ni Lam-ang, it was about a born baby who’s very strong and named himself after being born, he was said to be the strongest man and can defeat all his enemies.It is one of the examples of the works of our ancestors; it describes our Philippine literature and shows the characteristics of it.Our Philippine literature before we were colonized is amazing because its uniqueness catches the interest of the readers, even those tourists who visits here.Whenever they hear our native or epic stories, they would listen attentively and be amazed by it. He immigrated to America from the Philippines in 1930, endured horrendous conditions as a laborer, became active in the labor movement, and was blacklisted along with other labor radicals during the 1950s.He spent his last years in Seattle, jobless, penniless, and in poor health.Jobs were scarce and competition was intense for whatever was available.When Bulosan arrived in Seattle, he was “shanghaied and sold for five dollars” to work in an Alaska fish cannery to earn for the season.According to his baptismal records, Bulosan was born in Pangasinan Province in the Philippine Islands on November 2, 1911.But other sources give Bulosan’s birth date three to four years later.