Who is Alberto S. Florentino...
ALBERTO S. FLORENTINO is a Filipino Playwright and Book Publisher from Manila, where he wrote plays and published books for five decades before moving to the United States with his family to continue his passion with the help of the advanced technology.
Florentino is considered a top Filipino playwright, a contemporary of Nick Joaquin, Jose Garcia Villa and NVM Gonzalez. His first play, “The World is an Apple,” won a Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature (Drama in English) in 1954 when Florentino was just 23 years old. Aside from having ben voted the most popular/most performed play in the Philippines, it is also among the Philippines’ top 10 plays and top 5 literary works.
Florentino was also named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of 1960, along with Benigno Aquino, Jr.
In his six decades as a writer, Florentino also earned acclaim as a television scriptwriter , literary manager, publisher, editor, columnist, and anthologist. His plays speak of social issues, showing the resilience in his characters, and making us realize that innocent and beautiful thoughts can survive in an impoverished world.
Florentino''s "Cadaver" and Poverty...
Poverty. That was the particular issue being clearly depicted in the play Cadaver by Alberto S. Florentino.
Poverty was obvious by just looking at the setting of the said play. The two main characters live in a poor house at the end of a cemetery in Manila. The house was made of plastic, tarpaulin, bamboo, and cardboard stuck together, which would leak even at the slightest rain. It was threaten to collapse any minute. With this, the two primary male characters, Torio and Carding, resorted into robbing the tombs of the dead around them in order to earn money. That was, of course, without the knowledge of Torio’s wife, Marina.
According to Torio, it was more appropriate to rob the dead since they could not send them to jail. Also, Torio resented the dead because their tombs were peacefully made to be beautiful while them who are still alive are living in the cold of the night.
One must understand Torio even though reality says that he is undoubtedly wrong with his principle inlife. In the cruelty of life, many people are forced to go the other way just to feed their loved ones. Even prostitutes have their respective reasons of poverty for being what they are as of the moment.