“Ang Pinakabagong Superhero Noon.
Mas Matibay Pa sa Orig.
Sa mas Mahabang Panahon.”
Here comes Kapitan Sino…
Rogelio Manglicmot stars as “Kapitan Sino” in the 7th offering by the famed Pinoy author, Bob Ong. Later in life, he finds out that he has unique superpowers (the power of electricity) and decides to put his “talents” to good use. With a little help from his childhood friends Bok-bok and Tessa, he fights crime wearing a silver body suit, an alien(?) helmet and good ol’ Chucks. However, he later finds out that all the superhero stuff isn’t all that cracked up to be.
Released around mid-May 2009, I find this piece to be very entertaining (and much better than MacArthur!) and a real page-turner. It has everything: action, drama, suspense, comedy (of course!) and even a love story! The funny references from the 70’s and 80’s like defunct television shows, favorite chichirya, famous singers and songs, etc. will certainly leave a smile on your face. Though sometimes, there’s too much detail in a single page and not as finely executed compared to similar pages in other chapters in this book.
As expected from Bob Ong, every chapter reflects images of daily life including: poverty, struggles, street descriptions, politics, etc. He’s obviously talented in capturing the essence of the Filipino culture and conveys it in the most entertaining way possible. From gossiping neighbors, stupid law enforcement, corruption, and political propagandas on the streets, this “Silver Book” has it all.
Here’s are some quotes I really loved from Kapitan Sino:
“Maraming tao dito ang mas malungkot pa sa taong nakatira sa buwan. Saka hindi naman kailangan ng maraming tao para makabuo ng mundo e. Minsan, isang tao lang ang kasama mo, buo na ang mundong kailangan mo habambuhay.”
“Hindi alam ng mga nakakakita kung kelan sila bulag.”
-Tessa (when she asked Rogelio the difference between a blind person and a seeing one)
(Both quotes can be found on pages 97-108, the chapter where Rogelio and Tessa are alone on the roof of a church, star-gazing.)
Towards the end of this book, the author will make you realize that we do not need superheroes to save us. Instead, we just need to do what we can and must do in order for us to save us from ourselves.
May it be against giant gorillas and robots, and even man-made monsters; this masterpiece is surely a great addition to any book collection. (Or even a great first book if you’re planning to start one.) Now, get your lazy ass moving and grab a copy of this book. I guarantee that you’ll love this one!
Now, where’d did I leave silver body suit and helmet ?
Kapitan Sino Rocks!