Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino
Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino: Mga Kuwentong Barbero ni Bob Ong is the second book in the series. First printed in June 2002, the follow-up to his well-received ABNKKBSNPLAko?! book, is much more gritty and hard-hitting than the first.
The Yellow Book (by his fans) is noticeably more thicker than the rest of the series at 200+ pages, is a collection of write-ups about the Philippines and Filipinos; commentaries from prominent people; and even a bunch of forwarded e-mails! Most fans will tell you that this is his one of his worst if not the worst work yet because it’s just a “compilation of forwarded e-mails.”
Yes, I agree with them, but for a totally different reason. They fail to realize that the author wants us to see how the world percieves us and not how they judge us.Filipinos by nature are very proud of their culture and heritage (or lack of it) and hate being criticized about it. Sadly, it’s what this book is all about.
What I dislike about this book however is how loose the book was written. With the loads of material included, the transition was very poor from one chapter to another. You’re lauging at how “jologs” you are from an online test at one point, and hating the guts of a foreigner writing about his sentiments about the Philippines. Yes, it’s that incohesive.
Reading very long, forwarded material in my e-mail is tiresome. I know many of you agree with me on this and it also holds true in this book. Material that wasn’t very entertaining, educational nor does not contribute to the books cohesiveness should’ve been left out. Trying to finish the book was agonizing even for me and adding comments at the end of each could’ve made it more “interesting” at least.
Certainly not the best book to start with within the series, because you might feel cheated as a reader at the amount of re-published work contained in the book.
Seeing the heart of this book was well at the end, so make sure you finish! then ask yourself: Do I still want to be a Filipino?
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