Bob Ong is just one of the most-read writers who is also famous for his unique and piercing way of criticizing certain aspects of the Philippine Culture which is done with a touch of humor. And he does again in his newest book called Lumayo ka nga sa akin. Lumayo ka nga sa akin is the ninth book of bestselling writer Bob Ong. Ngunit makakayanan niya ba ang mga hamon ng bukas?
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Despite writing in a pseudonym and his identity is yet to be revealed, Bob Ong is one of the most influential authors in the Philippines today.
I consider him as one of the agents of change. His works are always an eye-opener to the situation of the Philippines and the flaws in our system. His books are always, to a certain degree, will make you feel guilty about your actions and be an agent of change yourself. His books have become the staple source of information for those who wants to get a picture of the real situation of the Philippines.
His books are insights congealed with humour. His way of pinpointing the fault in the system is what I consider as unique. I have only read two of his books before this books and that is MacArthur and Alamat ng Gubat. When it comes to creativity of book format and style, it seems like Bob Ong never runs out of ideas.
From his usual short story collections that ranges from fiction to non-fiction, to horror and drama, then moving to a graphic novel type of book, and now his creativity this time takes readers to a book made as a screenplay, yes, like the script in movies.
The plot follows the themes and formats of Filipino horror movies. Possession of evil spirits, family drama in the midst of horror and musical score that is the same as the last Filipino horror movie you watched. But it is very far from that. The book is a satire of Philippine media that covers topics from local movies, local TV reality contests and shows, local print media and social media. Pero pag sobrang dami na ng may gusto, dapat umayaw ka naman dahil magiging jologs ka na.
Dapat kakaiba lagi ang gusto mo, para kunyari iba ka. The book criticizes how producers in the film and TV are always using the try and tested formula. Instead of focusing on the substance and depth of the film or TV show, the media invests more on overrated concepts, predictable plots, good visuals and good-looking actors. And the ending? Moviegoers and televiewers are always being presented with recycled materials that are either a sequel or a remake.
How it seems like the media has taken advantage of us and how the population remains ignorant about it. The author points out that the mediocrity and stereotyped content of the Philippine movies and TV shows have become so common that Filipinos are more keen on patronizing those type of content. Expanding the horizons of both the media companies and the viewers is what the author suggests.
The book also talks about the effect of commercialism to us. It also points out how we are becoming irresponsible with how we use different social media sites. It talks about TV personalities running for public office. It talks about the billboard fiesta in our major roads. This book really contains a lot!
Dahil ang TV, para ring drugs, pero ligal. Isipin mo, bakit isa ito sa mga unang-unang pinupundar ng mga Pilipino kahit gaano sila kahirap? Kasi malaking tulong ang telebisyon para lumimot. Para tumakas sa realidad. The book is written in a script-like form where readers are taken to the scenes itself.
The author wants us to reflect and feel to ourselves what we unconsciously do and ponder about it. Reading a book in a screenplay format is a first time for me.
The author being known to deviate from the usual storytelling, I find this book so amusing and so unique. I consider it balance, enough to be not too preachy. The thoughts are cohesive to be taken as one. All things worked for me in this novel. I relate to the message of the book because I, myself, is guilty of what the book pinpoints as wrong but we still keep on doing. I like when the author does that, his criticisms are always on point. What I also like about this book is how the author encouraged the youth to read.
The author values reading and he knows the value of books in shaping the minds of the youth. Instead of criticizing the books that the youth read today, we should applaud them for reading and encourage them to read diversely. He shows us the slap-in-the-face reality. The message and intention of this book is clear. The author wants us to be an intelligent Filipino consumer and viewer.
We should demand better content. Maximize and properly use the resources being given to us. We should not use the different social media platforms just for our rants and whines but rather to air our dismay in the current system. There are a lot of things to be done and a lot of things that needs to be changed and definitely nothing will happen unless we start it.
Unless our taste changes, nothing will happen. This book is dedicated to media practitioners that this may serve as a way for them to start the difference and uphold the values that is much needed rather than feed the minds of the general public with unsubstantial content.
Like with other Bob Ong books, this book hopes for changes. Tatawa lang sila at sisisihin ang sistema. Ang laging bida at walang kamatayang sistema. This book is indeed for Philippine movie fans and bashers. Like Like. I finished reading most of Bob Ong books at Powerbooks before eventually purchasing them. I think. Like Liked by 1 person. I have only read three of his books. I am hoping to get to all of his works soon.
To the blogger, great review! I have a lot of BO books but not this one. Usually out of stock in Bacolod. Solid Bob Ong, Bob Ong forever.
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Bob Ong’s “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin” Is A Must Read!
However, it has happened, and as expected, it is quite bad. The film mines the book for its comic qualities. In the end, the film is nothing more than a collection of abysmal stories that are crafted with very little ingenuity. It really is quite a pity.
'Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin' review: Torture by satire
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Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin
Despite writing in a pseudonym and his identity is yet to be revealed, Bob Ong is one of the most influential authors in the Philippines today. I consider him as one of the agents of change. His works are always an eye-opener to the situation of the Philippines and the flaws in our system. His books are always, to a certain degree, will make you feel guilty about your actions and be an agent of change yourself. His books have become the staple source of information for those who wants to get a picture of the real situation of the Philippines. His books are insights congealed with humour.
My Thoughts About Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin by Bob Ong (Book Review #82)
The book, which was written in a screenplay form, is divided into three parts. In a recent interview with The Philippine Star , Ong explained that the book is "basically all about the ills of mass media that you wish would change. It is laughable, but more deplorable". The first film in the trilogy centers around Diego, an action star who wants to take revenge against a group of bad guys, also known as "Bandidos" bandits , after they killed his parents, his wife, Ashley, and everyone who attended their wedding, just a few moments right after they get married at the beginning of the film. As the story unfolds, Diego, being an action star, gets into misadventures and finds himself in trouble-after-trouble. Unfortunately, Divina Tuazon, a famous actress and Diego's new found leading lady, was kidnapped by the Bandidos.