Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín (May 4, 1917 – April 29, 2004 - aka Nick-born in Manila) was a journalist, historian and writer. He is best known now for his short stories and novels depicting life in the country under Spanish rule.
"May Day Eve" begins in 1847 and ends in 1890. You need to read it carefully to understand what is going on. As the story opens we are at a ball in a fine hacienda. The ball is in honor of a group of young men who have just returned from Spain after being educated there, as was the custom for the upper class. The young women at the ball are very excited to be there, knowing their future husbands will probably come from this group. Now the story gets more interesting as an old servant woman tells the girls if they look in a certain mirror at just the right time, they will see their future husband. You recall I told you the story ends in 1890? You really need to read it to find out why. In a way it iris a story about getting old, how decades can change a marriage. You can find this story online if you Google search it.