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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,419 ratings  ·  134 reviews
...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 09, 2012 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
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Makes you proud to be a woman.
Posted in My Book Musings.

It's been a very long time since I last wrote a review. It's not for lack of reading, oh no. I've been reading a lot. But not everything I've read has inspired me to write a review, to praise them or to express my disappointment.

Then I picked up one of the books in my TBR, Bata, Bata...Pa'no Ka Ginawa?, last June 12 since it's Philippines' Independence Day, and I cannot help but write about it. I feel like I should. This is a deviation from my usual light fiction becaus
Munting Aklatan
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinoy
It is easy—and lazy, to be frank—to think that Bata, Bata... Pa'no Ka Ginawa? is a recycled Dekada '70 (Bautista's earlier novel). I almost did, just because Lea, the main character, is a mother like Amanda was in Dekada.

It was made immediately apparent, however, that Lea is a modern and unconventional woman in (a) the romantic sense (with one husband in marriage and another "in bed"); and (b) the socio-political sense (she is an activist and works in a human rights organization). She is a woman
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Talagang mahal na ang lahat, wala nang mura kundi buhay ng Pilipino." -Page 151

This is the first book that I've read written in Tagalog (that I actually finished because let’s be real, I never finished reading Ibong Adarna, Noli Me Tangere, and other books required for class) because it's Buwan ng Wika (or Language Month).

It was definitely a change of pace from my usual books and genres, but I do not regret reading it. This was written during the Marcos Regime and it highlighted the wrongdoing
Karlo Mikhail
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
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
Jie Mauricio
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
every Filipino should read this great novel!
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
Mar 09, 2011 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
Sep 24, 2007 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
Maria Ella
Feb 19, 2012 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
May 27, 2009 rated it liked it
(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.
Johanna Lomuljo
Apr 30, 2011 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. ...more
cel de Jesus
Sep 06, 2007 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.
Jul 09, 2009 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. ...more
Apr 13, 2012 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!
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
a filipino classic from "hati." ...more
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
It`s sheer genius. I read it for my Filipino book report. :) ...more
Kenneth Benedict
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
how to read this book here?
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Aug 10, 2014 is currently reading it
Aubrey Joy  ϟ
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
Hands down to this character-driven novel. Hands down to the main character, Lea Bustamante, a strong and independent woman, wife, and a mother, who feels and shows her love to the people around her in unconventional ways. For her, life is all about YOUR choices, and it makes who you are. You don't belong to anyone but yourself. She shows her love by giving her children independence and freedom to make mistakes and be themselves, while being there by their sides, helping them in times they shoul ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've begun to notice that I tend not to enjoy stories unlikable characters in fiction, and this particular protagonist was unlikable all throughout. Would I have to be a woman to feel otherwise? To sympathize and identify with our heroine?

Was this book even meant to be "enjoyed" as I have others?

Lea is a woman and all that entails. When left to choose between loyalty to a man and the security of her child's future but with the perceived loss of her identity; and retaining her perceived identity
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lualhati Bautista's realistic view of the world translates to her writing. There is no character in this book who I have not come across once in my life. The occurrences portrayed depict the every day life of a common Filipino the masses find taboo to talk about. I swear this book has a gender. If you get what I mean. I am not quite sure if that is a feature most readers would like, but I love that it really has a character of its own. I just know feminism (for a lack of better term) when I see ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Lea's honestly towards herself, her children, and to the people around her. She's not afraid to admit that she's still learning and figuring things out. Just because she's an adult and a parent to two children; that doesn't mean that she's got it all together. She may seem like a know-it-all but she's forming her map as she goes on with life. I also love the fact that she treats her children as an individual. She gives them the freedom to use their voice, think, and make their own decisio ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
The hardships of being a mother, wife, and a woman was shown here in the book. It also talked about giving importance to yourself even if you have a whole lot of people to think and care about. Not failing to mention, the shouts of justice to those who lost their lives during the Marcos regime. Ma'am Lualhati never fails to talk about the important issues in the country – visible to the eye or those kept to themselves. ...more
Sofia Reyes
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Got to read this 'cause it was a requirement in our Filipino subject. I even had to make a book review. The thing is, our instructor wanted us to review per chapter cause she's a sadist. Ugh!!!

This book is funny and that's all. Not really my type of read so I didn't try to relate or sympathize with the characters. Ugh
Benny Villanueva
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
outstanding characterization of a woman's point of view as a wife, mother, and as herself. i've read it before and found reading it a second time equally rewarding. lualhati bautista is perhaps the best contemporary Philippine writer in Filipino. ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The book delves into what the identity of a Filipina should be, encompassing stereotypes and local nuances. I get why it got a Palanca. Couldn't find anything super interesting save for its theme, but still good! ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipino-authors
Stirring. I lost my copy of this book. Would really love to have a new one.
Gab Malabanan
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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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