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1. Why is pan de sal used as a significant metaphor of the story? What is it trying to establish? Bread of salt or pandesal as how they called it in the story is used as metaphor by NVM Gonzalez as a representation of the protagonist, a fourteen year old boy narrator readiness in facing the society. In the first part of the story, the boy who was not named by writer bought pandesal from a bakery every 5am and patiently waiting as the pandesal baked. He always passes by the old Spaniard house where Aida, the girl he adored and the niece of a Spaniard plantation owner. In the course of the story the boy planned to confess his feelings by joining the orchestra mustering all his strength to confess but that did not end well. After that, his friend Pete asked him to buy a pandesal, as they wait for the bread of salt to be baked they waited. This signifies that the same with the pandesal which is not ready yet, the boy wasn't also ready to face the realities of the society, that in real life he should be ready to face disappointments and heartaches. 2. Other pressing and perennial realities of Filipino lives are presented in the story. What does the story say about the typical perspective towards Philippine arts and music, financial

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