A Child of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang (Novel)

A Child of Sorrow is considered as the first ever English-language novel written by a homegrown Filipino writer. The book was written by Zoilo Mercado Galang (1895-1959), a writer hailing from the province of Pampanga. He published the book in 1921.


The story revolves around two lovers, Rosa and Lucio, who had undergone a lot of tribulations in their relationship. They were torn between fighting for their love or complying their responsibilities to their parents. Besides, there was Oscar who gave several quakes to their strong ties. 

Until one night, Oscar raped the beautiful Rosa. She was helpless that time like a gazelle in the teeth of a lion. The two--Rosa and Lucio--said goodbye to each other with Rosa couldn't move on and wept almost every day and Lucio who drowned himself in paperwork, books, and all. At the end, Rosa died. 

[Source: Sophia Bual; academia.edu]

Other literary works by Zoilo Galang:
1. Tales of the Philippines
2. Life and Success
3. The Box of Ashes and Other Stories