root words: katha (literary composition) and buhay (life)
literary work about life
Kathambuhay is a native Tagalog word. Filipinos now more commonly use the Spanish-derived word nobela when referring to a novel.
‘From Early Dawn to Full Light’ is a novel by Lope K. Santos.
Sinasabi na ang unang kathambuhay na isinulat sa Pilipinas ay ang Ninay ni Pedro Paterno. It is said that the first novel written in the Philippines is Ninay by Pedro Paterno.
What is a novel?
Ang kathambuhay ay isang mahabang kuwentong piksyon na binubuo ng ilang kabanata. A novel is a long fictional story comprising several chapters.
Give examples of novels:
Sampaguitang Walang Bango (1918) ni Iñigo Ed Regalado
Jasmine Without Fragrance (1918) by Inigo Ed Regalado
Luha ng Buwaya na isinulat ni Amado V. Hernandez noong 1962
Crocodile Tears, which was written by Amado V. Hernandez in 1962