A Love Story by Gilda Cordero-Fernando

A Love Story, a short story by Filipino writer Gilda Cordero-Fernando, is one of the tales in her collection of stories titled The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker (1962). It is the first short fiction I have read this year that shows a strand of Filipino life in America. In A Love Story, a boy and a girl, both young adults and both often misunderstood by their families, meet in a small town museum, their safe haven, the container of their dreams.


They share a special relationship. As children of Filipino parents who grew up in America, they wonder what their native country is like and how life in the Philippines would be different from their present way of living. Cooped up in a museum of taxidermy and insects that does not boast of many visitors, more so during bad weather, they converse about their realities and their plans for the future. It is a bittersweet story, for me. Comforted by each other’s company, they learn to be content in their chosen refuge. Still, their conversation is thick with longing for acceptance of what they are and what they want to be.


This is the first story I have read that is written by Fernando. I am happy to come across her works. She is a Theresian from the Manila branch of STC. I am a Theresian, too, but from Cebu’s branch and even when I have not met her, there is a modest sense of affinity and fraternity in that fact. Fernando is also a visual artist, fashion designer, playwright, art curator, and producer.


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Matos, C. (2017, August 12). Photo of Assorted Butterflies [Digital image]. Retrieved February 10, 2019, from https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-assorted-butterflies-1028904/