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Bata, Bata... Pa'no Ka Ginawa?

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...Hanggang sa ang bata ay hindi na bata kundi ama, o ina. Ano ang ituuro niya ngayon sa kanyang mga anak? Lahat ng dapat niyang matutuhan ngayon pa lang, hindi pagkamasunurin at pagkakimi, kundi pagkibo pag may sasabihin at paglaban pag kailangan. Lahat ng panahon ay hindi panahon ng mga takot at pagtitmpi; lahat ng panahon ay panahon ng pagpapasiya.
Mass Market Paperback, 239 pages
Published 1991 by Cacho Publishing House (first published 1983)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 11, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it did not like it
This book is my 158th read book for this year but just the second time that I am giving a 1-star rating. As much as possible, I don't give this rating because there are always somethings to like in a book. Just imagine the hours the writer put in writing the book and prior to its release, he or she must have said a lot of prayers asking God to make readers buy and read it.

But I also have to be honest to myself, right? I think Bautista should still be thankful that I bought and read her book. Any
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Rowena
Jun 21, 2010 Rowena rated it really liked it
Makes you proud to be a woman.
E Reyes
Oct 18, 2012 E Reyes rated it it was amazing
"Hindi porke ina na 'ko'y huminto na 'ko sa paglaki. Hindi porke babae 'ko'y maiiwan ako sa labanan. Para sa kaligtasan ng lipunan at kinabukasan ng anak ko, sa digmaan ng mga uri't prinsipyo, sa mapayapa man o madugong pagbabago, magtiwala kayo...sasama ako!"


Mahirap maging isang ina. Aalagaan mo ang iyong anak mula sa iyong sinapupunan hanggang sa marating na niya ang kanyang pangarap. Walang day-off. Walang time-out. Wala ring expiration date. Kung ina ka na ngayon, habambuhay kang ina. Totoo.
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Ben
Jun 28, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing
Makulay at kumplikado ang karakter ni Lea. Bilang isang ina, ang pinakamahalagang paraan ng pagpapakita ng pagmamahal na ibinigay nya sa kanyang mga anak ay ang pagbibigay sa kanila ng kalayaan sa pagpili ng gusto nila at pagpapasiya para sa kanilang sarili. Bilang isang mamamayan, naniniwala siya na importante sa bawat tao na ipaglaban ang karapatan niya sa pamamagitan ng pagbabantay sa gobyerno at pakikisama sa pagsigaw sa kalye at manindigan. Bilang isang babae, hindi niya ikinahiya na may pa ...more
Phoebe Andamo
May 05, 2015 Phoebe Andamo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: filipino, w
[Naalala ko ang librong ito ay binasa ko kasama ang aking kaibigan noong high school.]

Ang papel ng mga kababaihan ngayon ay iba na sa nakagawian. Noon, ang mga babae ay kailangang nasa loob lamang upang gumawa ng mga gawaing bahay, mag-alaga ng bata at pamilya. Ni hindi pwedeng makipagsalitan ng mga kuro at usapan. Hindi rin pantay ang karapatan sa mga kalalakihan at hindi nabibigyan ng tsansang tumayo sa sariling paninindigan.

Ngayon, katulad ng tauhang si Lea, siya ay nagpapakita na ang mga bab
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PJ Giray
"Tama na sa akin 'yung maligaya ako paminsan-minsan. Para kapag malungkot ako, masasabi ko sa sarili ko: Minsan naman, maligaya rin ako."

Tungkol sa buhay ng isang ina at ng kanyang mga anak at kung paano niya hinarap at nilabanan ang bawat problema na dumarating sa buhay niya, bilang ina at bilang isang babae.

Hindi ko talaga dapat 'to babasahin kung hindi kami ni-require ng Teacher namin nung High School na gawan ito ng book review. So, dahil dun, hindi ako nag-expect masyado. Pero after ko nama
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meow_meow
Oct 19, 2008 meow_meow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody!!
Shelves: homegrown
seryoso ang tinatalakay ng aklat pero dinaan sa minsan nakakatawang paraan ng paglalahad. very realistic.
Karlo Mikhail
Jul 18, 2014 Karlo Mikhail rated it it was amazing
One of the best I read this year, this novel is a powerful commentary on motherhood, single-parenthood, marriage, desire, and a woman's role in the turbulent period near the tail-end of the Marcos dictatorship.

The novel offers a sharp rebuke of the double standards of a patriarchal society as well as the limits of the bourgeois individualist illusion of 'free love' which also puts women in a vulnerable position vis-a-vis men.

Like other classic Filipino novels of Lualhati Bautista, this one also
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Jie Mauricio
Oct 06, 2010 Jie Mauricio rated it it was amazing
every Filipino should read this great novel!
inVi[nce]sible Samaniego
Jan 17, 2016 inVi[nce]sible Samaniego rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sa lahat ata ng karakter sa mga librong binasa ko si Lhea Bustamante,De lara o Gascon ( hangang sa ngayon nalilito parin ako) ang naiiba at bukod tangi,naiiba dahil sa sitwasyon na pinili nya at bukod tangi dahil sya ay isang babae na may tapang,talino at may bukas na pag-iisip pero may puso din bilang isang ina sa dalawang anak na mag kaiba ang ama.Mahirap ilarawan ang sitwasyon nya magulo,ikid-ikid at salasalabit na problema ang kanyang kinahaharap na may kinalaman sa kanyang marital status,p ...more
Nyara (=^_^=)
This story by Lualhati Bautista is set at the 1980's when the 1st People Power Revolution (a.k.a. EDSA I) occurred. It is a story about a woman, a mother, a person, a Filipino.

Its title, Bata, Bata... Pa'no Ka Ginawa? (Child, Child... How were you made?) would seem scandalous depending on the person who views it. But it really does apply to the story. No, not because of the protagonist's (Lea Bustamante) usual sexual urges but because of the open-mindedness that the book wants to propagate. If y
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Xiang Magbual
Jun 19, 2013 Xiang Magbual rated it did not like it
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Drew
Mar 09, 2011 Drew rated it it was amazing
This was one of the books that our Filipino teacher required us to read. Truth be told, I have never been a fan of Philippine literature. So when I bought it, I wasn't expecting too much.

But lo and behold, when I started reading it I couldn't stop (even my classmates who never read were smitten by the book). "Bata, Bata..." is a novel that will show you the true grit of a single mother, who defies society's conventions (e.g.: having two children [each by a different man], refusing to be a mere
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Maria Ella
Feb 19, 2012 Maria Ella rated it it was amazing
Yesh, like the others, this is one "high-school-compliance-read-or-else-you-have-zero-final-rating-in-filipino"

Is this an author's psychograph? I was just curious since my professor previously shared that Luwalhati has had that interlude with her bestfriend - making love as friends. And she claims that this is also one of the materials / vehicles to enlighten Pinoys that this is the current society.

But I would recommend this to other teenagers, not because as high-school-compliance but because o
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Claire
Bata, Bata... Pa'no Ka Ginawa? ni Lualhati Bautista, ay nagpapahayag ng ibat-ibang papel ng isang babae sa loob at labas ng isang pamilya, at ng isang bansa. Inilahad dito na ang pagiging "single mom" ay isang papel na hindi madali, lalo na kung higit pa sa isa ang iyong anak na itinataguyod, hindi rin madali ang sagutin ang bawat katanungan ng iyong mga anak, ang pagdidisiplina ay isa ding hamon para sa kanila, sapagkat ang paraan ng pagdidisiplina ng isang lalaki sa isang babae ay magkaiba. Is ...more
Justine Bayawak
Aug 10, 2014 Justine Bayawak is currently reading it
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Violeta
Sep 24, 2007 Violeta rated it it was amazing
i read this when I was in my second year of high school. This novel is more meaningful when I read it again when I was in 2nd year college. It became a masterpiece for a film fest movie. I laughed when Luwalhati Bautista (the author) walked out from that awarding night on Best Filipino movies because she can't withstand the badddd politics inside the Filipino film industry. Go Luwalhati! Go!

I love this book. This is a must read novel for both feminists and for the submissive females in this worl
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Jayne
Feb 18, 2016 Jayne rated it liked it
Nung college, di ko pinili ang libro na ito para gawan ng book review (pinili ko ang Dekada '70), pero natatandaan kong hiniram ko ang kopya ng kaklase ko para basahin kasi silang mga pumili ng libro na ito ay aliw na aliw sa birada ni Lea at Maya, na malayong malayo sa tema ng napili kong libro. Alam ko nabasa ko ito at pinanood ang pelikula, pero di masyadong tumatak ang istorya. Alam ko lang, si Lea ay parang si Darna - huwaran, idolo, magandang boses para sa kababaihan.

Ngayong binasa ko muli
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Chayong
Aug 22, 2010 Chayong rated it liked it
Shelves: filipino, fiction
(It's actually a 3.5. I could not get myself to give it a 4.)
This book has so many layers for discussion. Bautista is a feminist through and through. Sociological: women and double standards, expectations of the Filipino home in Philippine society. Political: how most Filipinos treated Martial Law. Psychological: the characters are so human. I just enumerated the few obvious ones.
I did not like the book in the beginning. Its humanity is what allowed me to finish it.
Ric
Oct 10, 2014 Ric rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Kung ang Dekada 70 ay nagkukuwento tungkol sa mga pangyayari noong rehimeng Marcos sa pananaw ng isang babaeng dinidiskubre pa lang ang kanyang peminismo, ang Bata, Bata... naman ay nagkukuwento tungkol sa mga [maaaring] nararanasan ng mga kababaihang isinasabuhay ang mga prinsipyo ng peminismo sa pananaw ng isang babaeng nasasangkot sa mga masasamang pangyayari na dulot ng rehimeng Marcos.

Anong mga prinsipyo 'kamo ng peminismo? Ito ay ang pagbibigay ng kakayanan at kalayaan sa mga babae na tuma
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Johanna Lomuljo
May 02, 2011 Johanna Lomuljo rated it it was amazing
If I were born during the Marcos era, this would have been my bible haha. It's so refreshing to read about empowered, open-minded women who don't let society get in the way or define how they live their lives. I was just a little disappointed that the most famous line from the movie- "Akala mo lang wala, pero meron, meron, meron!" wasn't in the book pala. SO I guess props to the movie makers.
euuopewijd
Jul 09, 2009 euuopewijd rated it it was amazing
i read this after i discover ms.bautista through 'GAPO (which was the chosen material for our high school book report) and i love it! Lea is an inspiration. She is strong-willed and independent. I love the part when she ask God about female discrimination. it was funny and true at the same time.
Joyzi
Dec 21, 2010 Joyzi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Filipinas
Recommended to Joyzi by: My teacher
Binago nito ang pananaw ko sa mga nobelang Pilipino. Sa totoo lang binasa ko 'to para sa book review project namin sa school. Di ko talaga inexpect na magugustuhan ko to. Makabuluhan at napakalakas ng dating niya sa akin dahil sa Feminismo ang tema ng nobela na 'to.
Ron
Apr 20, 2016 Ron rated it it was amazing
This was the first Tagalog novel that I read (when I was 17) and it blew me away. Its original storyline, quircky characters paved the way for me to appreciate writers of my countrymen.

Mabuhay ka!
cel de Jesus
Sep 06, 2007 cel de Jesus rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
bata, bata depicts a strong, liberal, open-minded filipina. it shows the dynamics of how a woman addresses her marital and familial concerns in the context of a complex, judgmental and flawed society.
Koleen
Jan 10, 2011 Koleen rated it really liked it
It`s sheer genius. I read it for my Filipino book report. :) ...more
Aida
Aug 14, 2007 Aida rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
a filipino classic from "hati."
Kenneth Benedict
Nov 10, 2012 Kenneth Benedict rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
how to read this book here?
Marky alvaran
Jan 22, 2010 Marky alvaran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mambabasa
,.;'maka kuha ng ideya
Jayem
Oct 04, 2007 Jayem added it
Recommends it for: school
Shelves: jaybooks
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She was born in Tondo, Manila on December 2, 1945 to parents Esteban Bautista and Gloria Torres. She studied in public schools, both in her elementary and high school years. She graduated from the Emilio Jacinto Elementary School in 1958 and from Torres High School in 1962.
She took up Journalism in the Lyceum of the Philippines, and eventually stopped schooling because all she wanted to do was wri
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“Tama na sa akin 'yung maligaya ako paminsan-minsan. Para kapag malungkot ako, masasabi ko sa sarili ko: Minsan naman, maligaya rin ako.” 36 likes
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