Though the choice seems simple, Juanita is torn. What is freedom really, if you’re separated from those you love? Does living the life of a wealthy socialite mean turning her back on her poor family? Does she have the courage to face up to the rich girls who bully her in her new private girls school? Does she have the freedom to love the boy, introduced to her by her best friend, in a forbidden relationship?
Juanita Freedom Seeker is a story of love, despair, and liberation. Enjoy Juanita’s spunk as well as her serious side as she straddles the class barrier on her way to adulthood in San Carlos. She shares many valuable lessons to all, regardless of age, seeking freedom to transcend limits.
A passion for love & life.
Juan Cenon started his career teaching high school Biology at the age of 19 immediately after graduating from his first bachelor’s degree in college. After further studies to complete 8 degrees and specializations for another 30 years in 3 continents, interspersed with working in the industry and government, he eventually went back to teach psychology, his specialization for his doctorate.
He still teaches it to date. He wishes to continue teaching for the rest of his life by writing stories about love, hope, and life. He serves as a liturgical minister in two parishes. He enjoys with his wife working out in the gym and traveling the world.
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Juanita Freedom Seeker is a compelling story that reveals the complexities of family life and social development for a young person living in modern times. Dr. Marasigan has brought his deep experience as an educator as well as his insights into human development to crafting a story that is both poignant and touching.
This is a fascinating first novel, a compelling read that held my interest throughout the main plot and all the twists and turns of the subplots. Written from the perspective of a mature and intelligent 16-year-old girl, it deals with struggles that few people face - moving from poverty to riches. Dr. Marasigan in his work of fiction blends insights from his professional studies in examining the struggles his Juanita overcomes.
Juan Cenon Marasigan has captured a moment in time with Juanita Freedom Seeker. His poignant portrayal of Juanita’s desire to lift herself and her family out of poverty paints an accurate picture of the challenges that face anyone wishing to achieve a goal while holding onto dearly cherished values. Mature beyond her years, yet naïve about the world beyond her neighborhood, she struggles, and ultimately overcomes, dilemmas that adults would not want to face—leaving her family, rising above the shame of her background, the lure of wealth, and the temptation to betray. Juanita’s personal battles offer lessons of character in Marasigan’s heartfelt and engagingly innocent debut novel.