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Si Maari bang malaman ang iyong pangalan Victoria Kailan kita masisilayan, Victoria Sa iyong pagsilang First time I encounter a story that was told backwards Exceptional. I haven t read much of Bob Ong s works, by far this is the third book and I got to tell you it struck me that it was very different I was used to his comedic style but didn t expect this one The style of writing was really one of my favorites writing in reverse was unique I think of it as sort of a memoir but it s not because it s fiction The love story was beautifully written along with tragic and bittersweet events that life has to offer to any human being The Melancholic punch of this b I haven t read much of Bob Ong s works, by far this is the third book and I got to tell you it struck me that it was very different I was used to his comedic style but didn t expect this one The style of writing was really one of my favorites writing in reverse was unique I think of it as sort of a memoir but it s not because it s fiction The love story was beautifully written along with tragic and bittersweet events that life has to offer to any human being The Melancholic punch of this book have not brought me in tears but I finish up contemplating about life, love, things as soulmates and wonder will I experience the same nostalgia What the hell, Bob Y u so good Just bought it and finished reading it already I just can t put it down.You re so brave in trying a new genre which is a story about love This is the kind of love story every teenager nowadays must read Love for family and for people in general, not just between two opposite sex After putting it down in awe, I imagined myself attending a forum held by the Bob Ong Fanatics somewhere in the vacuous universe of Goodreads, standing before them , groping for words to break their silence Me Magandang araw, Bob Ong fanatics Forgive me for speaking in English although what we will be discussing today is Si by Bob Ong Supposedly, the medium of communication should be Filipino However, we have foreign friends on Goodreads who might After putting it down in awe, I imagined myself attending a forum held by the Bob Ong Fanatics somewhere in the vacuous universe of Goodreads, standing before them , groping for words to break their silence Me Magandang araw, Bob Ong fanatics Forgive me for speaking in English although what we will be discussing today is Si by Bob Ong Supposedly, the medium of communication should be Filipino However, we have foreign friends on Goodreads who might feel out of place Clearing my throat Before l share with you my thoughts of Si written by Bob Ong Let me touch on little information of who Bob Ong is for our foreign friends to have an idea who the good old man we will be talking about.If you look him up in the Wikipedia , Bob Ong is the pseudonym of a contemporary Filipino author known for using conversational writing technique to create humorous and reflective depictions of Philippine life The author s actual name and identity is unknown.Despite that his books have been best sellers, he has never been known in public That s why some documentaries have been made to find out who this Promethean man is.There are some prominent Filipino writers or TV personalities who have been mistaken for Bob Ong, but all of them have turned out be different from Bob Ong s writing styles.Now, let s get down to business My very first impression on Bob Ong s books was that most of his books were like students write ups for a journal campus One reactionary reader would interrupt Fanatic 1 With all due respect, Joey If I may I address your first name Me Yes, you may.Fanatic 1 Joey, uh You seem to being an armchair critic You re being subjective I believe that you were still a student at that time Admit it You were addicted to his books, weren t you Me Yes, I am being subjective, so I believe that all reviews on Goodreads are not objective, aren t they And I wasn t addicted to his books I happened to read his books because they were being hyped up until my friend suggested that I read one of his I was such an ignorant and poor reader at that time I did not have any access to a lot of best sellers, especially Philippine ones All I always read were stories in school textbooks But when I started to read his other books in university, at that point, I realized that I was sick and tired of them I wish there were Goodreads already at that time I could have written my thoughts of them Besides, I could have been a hypocrite if I had insisted that Bob Ong was my favorite Filipino writer.Fanatic 1 If so, who was your favorite author Me I m sorry we seem to be getting around the subject Given that Bob Ong can write whatever genre s as what others have noticed as what you have gesticulating at Fanatic 1 such as conversational, essay, horror, stories that deal with social issues in the Philippines, but for me, I would say that his works are not on the par with other critically acclaimed and award winning books Apparently, his books appear to be intended for money.Fanatic 1 That s a cheap shot I believe that Bob Ong writes such books because he wants to inform, to educate, and to entertain And of course, in a capitalist country, books have something to do with money Besides, you can t deny the fact that because of Bob Ong , young readers are motivated to read and support our Philippine literature In fact, as far as I know, because of Bob Ong, many writers now follow his style In short, he is the beginning of all the writers today such as Bebang Sy, Genaro Gojo Cruz, Noringai, to name a few Don t you think so Provoked by his word cheap shot Me Exactly No doubt his other books have never been nominated by National Board of Books Award except this SI And this has something to do with what I want to tell you about after reading his Si Plus, if you don t mind, let me first finish my review of it instead of heckling me heaving a sigh Fanatic 1 irritated Noted but NBBA must have the requirements whether a book is eligible or not.Me Definitely Its requirements must be standardized, intended only for books that are considered critically acclaimed Anyway, thank you for heeding my request After reading Si, I realized that Bob Ong can write something award winning In Si, he wrote beautiful Filipino prose He wrote lyrical , poetic , quixotic sentences I was impressed I fell in love again with whoever I pushed downward in the darkest part of my subconscious In fact, I enjoyed repeating the passages as if I was chanting a yoga prayer I was asking myself then if it was Bob Ong who was telling me a story It seems like he is not the author of this book Did my friend lend me another book Yes, it was him Because somehow, I felt his trademark, the way he collected all the realistic and vicarious information and other people s experiences to form one conceptualized story although there are some parts I found corny like the ones in his other books Most importantly, I fell prey to his creativity This is his style He wants to make a twist whenever a reader goes into the climax I guess you know what I am talking about if you have read it Another fanatic would ask me, but calm unlike the other one Fanatic 2 So, why did you give it 4 stars instead of five Me Bo Ong is an experimental and ingenious writer He always surprises us whenever he has a new book In this book, obviously, his intention is to surprise us, but that surprise is not natural for me It is conspicuous that he included such tactic to have a great impact upon me For instance, I did not know that I should have started reading it from the back Such clever idea is like a friend of yours who will make a fun of you , taking it back as a joke , but you don t think it is funny at all You might snicker, Ang corny ha By the same token, obviously, there are some parts which appear to have been taken deep impression from TV news, newspapers articles, barbers stories, and so on the style he has been known for.Fanatic 1 Your standard is so high Since you appear to be an armchair critic, what should Bob Ong have done I could still feel the ill feelings he had been harboring Me I dunno It is just my subjective analysis But I hope when Bob Ong writes another such novel , I mean somethingcritically acclaimed than his other books He should make it coherent as in his readers seem to be reading a real novel.Fanatic 1 What do you mean coherent Me I want to read a novel that I will just follow the stream of the story as if I were just there mingling with them something I have not seen in his books Fanatic 3 Since 4 stars means I really liked it on Goodreads, what parts of the book that made you really like it It s another fanatic who would be listening to me all ears, but tend to make faces when I explained something which he could disagree to Me The deepness of some passages about love The concept of the story because it reflects the typical conjugal and familial life of our parents until they get older It mirrors the universal fact that parents started to be parents from romantic life until they build a family, how they take care of their children well despite the challenges of life I can see such situation in my parents and in my friends, and even in myself if I were predestined to build my own.Fanatic 1 Therefore, you expect somethingthan that from Bob Ong This time, he would appear to be composing himself Me Yes, I am following him now So, I profusely apologize to you.Fanatic 2 Well, despite your acerbic thoughts, welcome to the club Fanatics Welcome to the Bob Ong Club Back to the reality Writers could build a mass hysteria, gee

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