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The Wedding Dance

This is a common topic in Grade 7 English which talks about love restricted by culture and tradition.

The Wedding Dance

  1. 1. I Don’t Want You To Go Here I am Alone and I don't understand Exactly how it all began The dream just walked away I'm holding on When all but the passion's gone Chorus And from the start Maybe I was tryin' too hard It's crazy coz it's breakin' my heart Things can fall apart but I know, That I don't want you to go And heroes die, When they ignore the cause inside But they learn from what's left behind And fight for something else And so it goes That we have both learned how to grow And from the start Maybe we were tryin' too hard It's crazy coz it's breakin' our heart Things can fall apart but I know, That I don't want you to go Oh no, don't want you to go [Bridge] Oh it's just too much Takin' all the whole world all by myself But it's not enough Unless I stop trusting somebody else, Somebody else And love again (Chorus)
  2. 2. Wedding Dance By: Amador Daguio
  3. 3. Amador T. Daguio - He was a poet, novelist and teacher during the pre- war. - He had published two volumes of poetry, "Bataan Harvest" and "The Flaming Lyre". - He served as chief editor for the Philippine House of Representatives before he died in 1966.
  4. 4. There was a couple named Awiyao and Lumnay. They were married for a long time but Awiyao her husband has to marry another girl named Madulimay because Lumnay cannot bear a child. On the night of the wedding of Awiyao and Madulimay, Awiyao went to his and Lumnay's house where they used to live to personally invite his ex wife to join the dance but Lumnay refuses to join. Lumnay is the best dancer in their tribe. They had a heart-to-heart talk about their separation, and on their conversation they found out that the couple still had a thing on each other. They still love each other but they have to separate because their tribe’s custom is-- every man in that tribe should have one (or more) child that would carry his name and if his wife cannot give him a child he can marry another woman. It's a man's necessity to have a child.
  5. 5. Lumnay can hardly let go of her husband. The two both agreed that if Awiyao's second marriage did not work, he will go back to Lumnay's arms and this was sealed by the beads that Lumnay will keep. Then Awiyao goes back to the wedding because someone is calling him already. After being fetched by others, Lumnay decided to go to the wedding not to dance or to join the celebration but to stop the wedding. She decided to break the unwritten law of her tribe, but when she is near all her guts to stop the wedding suddenly disappeared. She did not have the courage to break into the wedding feast. Lumnay walked away from the dancing ground, away from the village. She went to the mountain instead and in the mountain is where she diverted all her bitterness in her and she partly reminisce their story of Awiyao.
  6. 6. Comprehension Questions 1. Describe Awiyao and Lumnay's house. Describe the presense of light and darkness in the story. 2. Describe Awiyao and Lumnay. 3. Read this following paragraph, what was Lumnay thinking? "It is not right. It is not right!" she cried. "How does she know? How can anybody know? It is not right," she said. Suddenly she found courage. She would go to the dance. She would go to the chief of the village, to the elders, to tell them it was not right. Awiyao was hers; nobody could take him away from her. Let her be the first woman to complain, to denounce the unwritten rule that a man may take another woman. She would tell Awiyao to come back to her. He surely would relent. Was not their love as strong as the river?
  7. 7. Comprehension Questions 4. After reading the story, in what ways toward your attitude toward Lumnay and Madulimay - different? 5. If you were Lumnay, what would you do? Can you justify her behaviour throughout the story? Explain. 6. What is your reaction toward Awiyao's marriage to Madulimay? Explain.
  8. 8. Should you fight for the one you love? Or should you let go and take all of the hurt for the other’s sake?

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