The Maria Clara Dress

In my English 107, College Vocabulary,  we were asked to develop a story based on the following words:

1. anarchist/astronomical/misanthrope/symbiotic

2. anachronism/cosmopolitan/pandemic/taxidermy

3. agnostic/dogmatic/ergonomics/synergetic

4. geriatrics/hydraulic/lexicographer/monolithic

Plus: prognosis/endemic

Select two from  each  categories 1 -4 and include the two words prognosis and endemic.

Today I decided to be a patriot.

Here is mine:  by the way this is an examination for 25 points. This is a class  where  students are   mostly from other countries who are struggling with the English Vocabulary. I really appreciate this class. I never would have imagined there are still hundreds if not thousands of words I have not known the meaning until now.

THE ASTRONOMICAL RISE IN THE COST OF LIVING IN THE METRO AREA, IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY ANARCHISTS ARE GROWING UP IN NUMBER IN THE PHILIPPINES. THEY BELIEVED THE GOVERNMENT IS THE REASON WHY THE ECONOMY IS POOR.  AS  THEY ARE PROTESTING IN THE ONE SIDE STREET OF MANILA, THE COSMOPOLITAN CITY, ON THE OTHER SIDE, IS HOME TO SYNERGETIC BUSINEMEN WHO MAKE  THE CITY SURVIVE  AMIDST THE CLAMOUR OF THE PROTESTERS.

BEFORE THE WAR, MANILA WAS KNOWN  FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO WALKED FASHIONABLY  ALONG THE MANILA BAY. THEY WERE DRESSED IN LONG  SKIRTS AND BLOUSES WITH WIDE SLEEVES AND STANDING COLLARS AND WE CALL IT THE  MARIA CLARA DRESS. MARIA CLARA WAS THE MESTIZA HEROINE OF NOLI ME TANGERE, THE FAMOUS BOOK WRITTEN BY OUR NATIONAL HERO, JOSE RIZAL.  YOU CAN SEE THE MARIA CLARA DRESS WORN BY WOMEN ONCE IN A WHILE   AND IT  REPRESENTS ANACHRONISM CULTURE OF THE OLD  DAYS. THE DOGMATIC DOCTRINES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SENT JOSE RIZAL TO PRISON AND EVENTUALLY TO DEATH BY FIRING SQUAD.

TODAY MANILA IS STRIVING DESPITE THE POOR ECONOMY. WE HAVE THE PHILIPPINE COLLEGE OF GERIATRIC MEDICINE IN MANILA, FOR ONE.   IF NOT FOR THE MONOLITHIC ATTITUDE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE, WE COULD HAVE BEEN UNDER THE SPANISH RULE UNTIL TODAY. THE PROGNOSIS OF SOME POLITICAL ANALYSTS OF THE COUNTRY IS, THE MOVEMENT OF PROTESTERS  IN THE COUNTRY  IS ENDEMIC IN SUBSTANCE.

I gave my Lady Professor a glimpse of my country, its beauty and its ugliness at the same time.

MABUHAY ANG PILIPINO.

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1 Comment

  1. erwin

    what do you call the necklace on the womans neck?

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