Pliant Like A Bamboo Essay Ismael Mallari

I.V. Mallari likened the Filipino people to the bamboo in his poem "Pliant Like the Bamboo." (However I can't find a copy of it now. Sorry.)

The Filipino character is similar to the bamboo because it has flexibility, endurance, and harmony with nature. It bends with the wind, but can survive a storm. Just like the bamboo, the Filipino nation goes along with the forces of nature and politics. It copes with "fate" rather than fights against it. The Filipino mind is pliant in the sense that it is open to new ideas. Although the Filipino is trusting, he is also capable of standing up for his own beliefs. He will not tolerate betrayal and oppression. Filipinos in general are protective of their hard-won independence, and they will fight for their freedom at all costs.

Source: Philippine Islands

I truly agree that the coping mechanism of Filipinos is like the bamboo. Though sometimes are coping becomes "forgetting." Comment stops here. Hehe.

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“Pliant Like the Bamboo”

Ismael V. Mallari

Part I.


Ismael Mallari was one of the early Filipino writers in English..He is ranked as leading literary and art critic in the Philippines. More than anything else, he was an essayist. He had a gift of laughter as shown in his book "when I was a little Boy”. In his The Filipino IN English: A Critical Study with Anthology of Representative Essays(1912–1941), Prof. Leopoldo Yabes of the University of the Philippines says: “While he (Mallari) could not be ranked among the abler critics of the older school, he was conceded by a number of informed persons to be the best writer on problems of Architecture and city planning.

He wrote on Architecture with the understanding and skill of a truly artistic temperament.” Another noted literature, Puro Santillan Castrence, has this to say “One of the country’s most reliable essayists in English . . . Mallari’s forte in his essays was in his use of simple words neatly and economically. He wrote poems, too.” From his hometown Malabon in Rizal Province, Mallari went to the Philippine Normal School in Manila, then he went as a government pensionado to the University of Wisconsin (USA) for further studies in English, Education and Library Science.

For his accomplishments, Mallari was included in the Pan-Pacific Who’s Who and the Who’s Who library Science. He's famous for his work "The Stranger" which focuses mainly on the life of a regular person to a good believing person

Part II.

(Main Idea, Supporting Details and Concluding Statements)
"The Filipino is as pliant as a bamboo."  The bamboo is a tree found in tropical and subtropical regions.  It is known for its flexibility and versatility.
The Filipino character is similar to the bamboo because it has flexibility, endurance, and harmony with nature.  It bends with the wind, but can survive a storm.  Just like the bamboo, the Filipino nation...

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