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Monday, February 28, 2005
Book Review: Alamat ng Gubat

You might want to brush up on your knowledge of Filipino before you read this one, and I don't just mean the Tagalog language. The story itself is easy enough to understand, despite the use of deep and complicated Tagalog words, although thre are a lot of references to the Philippine culture when it comes to dialogue and the reasons why some characters behave the way they do.

I guess it's kind of like George Orwell's Animal Farm though since I've never read that, I can't say for sure. But they are similar when it comes to animals involved in a power struggle, having satirical implications to the society.

Honestly? I didn't really understand the whole book. I mean, I'm pretty sure that at some parts Bob Ong's Alamat ng Gubatthey were already talking about the inefficiencies of the government or at least the hypocrisies of politicians but, what do I know about that?

All I got was that a small crab left the ocean and went into the forest in search of a "puso ng saging" he needed in order to cure his father's (who happened to be 'king') sickness. Along the way, he met several animals--a dog, a turtle, a duck, a frog, etc. all of whom claimed to be helping him as his friend but really didn't get him any closer to his goal. Or maybe they did, but not without getting him to go around in circles first. Eventually a fight broke out among all the animals, leaving the crab alone and still without the "puso ng saging". He lastly ran into a monkey who told him that if he was looking for bananas, he really should've approached the monkeys first, as they're the ones who are most likely to know. Anyway, their chat made the crab realize how miserable life would be if the forest animals just kept on doing what they did (fighting against each other) and he made a speech about making a change in the society. The monkey then reminded him of the responsibility that would fall on his shoulders, and offered him the "puso ng saging" which happened to be, in this story, a sort of painkiller, that numbs the senses so you wouldn't see or hear or feel anything wrong or bad. The crab was given the chance whether to eat it and live in ignorant bliss, or continue with his plans of changing the world for the better.

As I'm all for promoting local products (especially those worth promoting, such as books and CDs), I'm not going to tell you the ending here, and instead just say that the book is orange, the illustrations are in full color, and costs P100.00--and that's more than most books can say.

Even if you're not very interested in political satire, parts of this book can still be funny. The pictures are entertaining, and like most of Bob Ong's books, although it all seems like a joke, there are still lessons to be found within its pages. I think it's worth my money, so it's probably worth yours as well.

Reviews for Constantine and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events are up. Check them out!

Posted at 22:31 by miriyammqx

ian james c. esteban
February 27, 2011   05:39 PM PST
October 12, 2010   08:16 PM PDT
sana meron kau nilagay na summary at conflict para sa katulad kong nahhirapan intindihin ang conflict nung story
December 2, 2009   05:56 PM PST
angcute ng storie.. just like the other books of bob ong... last book nia nalng ung di q nababasa..
November 22, 2009   02:19 PM PST
bobong bob ong
May 19, 2009   08:01 PM PDT
haha.... ang ganda tlga noh???
April 7, 2009   12:32 PM PDT
April 7, 2009   12:30 PM PDT
April 7, 2009   12:28 PM PDT
January 31, 2009   12:42 PM PST
kala ko puro kalokohan lang ang ALAMAT NG GUBAT. know wat?
nagulat ako dami plang lessons..could i post ng book review about it?haha..maybe it will help?

san ba pwede..
i just want to know if my interpretations are correct?

how could i communicate with you MR. ONG?
December 4, 2008   07:43 PM PST
bakit saging ung ginamit nia n prutas
November 26, 2008   02:06 PM PST
mga kuya,,ate mayron ba tong translated to filipino words?
January 19, 2008   10:59 AM PST
ang ganda ng mga gngwa m0ng libro. nakumpleto ko na lahat ng books moh. from ABNKKBSNPLako hanggang macartur!!!! I'll wait 4 ur next book!! goodluck!
September 27, 2007   09:19 PM PDT
nakakatawa to.. to the highest level! hehe!
frog prince
February 11, 2006   04:27 PM PST
nabasa ko na rin ung buk...astig talaga...at saka hindi lang ito puro katatawanan kundi may matutunan kapang isang ginintuang aral...na kapag ang tatay mo ang gumupit sa buhok mo...magmumukha kang itlog na may bangs sa bunbunan...
March 8, 2005   12:33 AM PST
yung paboritong libro ni hudas lang ang nabili kong book nya e. sigi bili daw aku neto. hihi
March 7, 2005   07:35 PM PST
astig ang librong yan! ang galing talaga ni bob ong!:)
March 3, 2005   05:06 PM PST
mwahhaha buti nalang i dropped by your blog, papunta akong powerbooks & im definitely going to buy this book ^_^

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Who Invented Blogs? - discussion on my fascination with blogs
Coming Clean, Theory and Back to the Obsession- an attempt at an explanation on why I'm still single.
I don't have a title for this one and that's okay - the freedom of the internet
Sense of Relationship - why some people remain single all their lives
Start - how I got obsessed with the Yasutoko Brothers in the first place
Is Fate With Me Or Against Me? - read how I met Takeshi Yasutoko in person, and how it saved my life (or, maybe it's more the opposite--you decide)
Science of Love - how "talking about love is like dancing about architecture."
I'm Wishing on the Sun - Can stars really make wishes come true?
Out of Character - how sometimes even your closest friends can surprise you
Where Can You Find Romance? - an attempt at grasping reality in Metro Manila
Back-to-School Blues - I don't have to go to school anymore!
I Should've Seen Filipinas Instead - discovering Mikel Campos
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Yet Another Obsession - lyrics to Drake Bell's song "Girl Next Door"
I don't have a title again - Drake, Orly, and irritating cellphone servers
Creepy Coincidence - Is it really possible to be 'one of a kind'?
24 - countdown to my 20th birthday
Surprise! - a birthday surprise
Birthday Season - the advantage/disadvantage of September
Now Do I Have a Life? - one busy week
Which One's the Cutest? - Drake Bell and his cute puppies
The Last Man Standing - "I think therefore I'm single."
Risking Friendship - How many friends do you lose when you get into a relationship?
Missing - the winter camp brought about just one feeling
Environmental Complaints - why can't people just throw trash properly?
Irrelevant Information - what I'm interested in
Mind Over Matter - stubbornness works!
Three Day Weekend - review for the Korean Drama Full House
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Insatiable? - Man is insatiable. I am not.
Cue Girls Swooning - the start of an affection for Daniel Wu
4-Day Forecast - paano ba dapat malungkot?
FF7:Advent Children - a film worthy of the name Final Fantasy
Something There - Edison obsession
Hunter x Hunter - astig si Hisoka!
Comics Among Other Things - Blitzworx is finally out!
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2005 Review - just what the title says
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This is the Last Time... - moving on? Or just moving?
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The IDA Curse - See my true power! Hehehe. :P
On Meeting People - I hate meeting new people.
TV Series on DVD Killed the Hollywood Star - because Hollywood movies are getting suckier by the minute
What I Miss the Most - the only thing I miss about college
A Rather Late Account of the Komikon 2007 - Mangaholix 3!
Into the Woods and Another World - aftermath of a broadway musical and an anime convention
5 Days in Palawan - available in bookstores now!


Pamaypay - a Filipino short story, set in high school
Nicholas Was... - a short story about Christmas by Neil Gaiman
For Ragnarok Addicts - Neil Gaiman's technology-addiction-related poem, "Virus"
Heart Attack - just a bunch of pick-up lines related to heart problems
A Tail of Two Kitties - writings that suck, but are funny nonetheless
Juvenile Poetry - poem by my friend from HS
While Waiting Alone in the Stock Room - my 100th entry! just some musings about life.
Unfair - why can't people just feel the same way?
Bumalik na Alaala - time heals all... "wounds"
Sasayaw Kayo? - when someone's wearing the same color...
Jeepney - libreng pamasahe?
Pagmumuni-muni sa Daan - araw-araw akong naglalakad mag-isa.
Gusto Kong Sumikat - tulad ng araw...
Boracay Night - the beach isn't as romantic as everyone thinks
Ang Ganda ng Kalikasan - nature rocks!
Musings on the Road - English version? :P
Rain - isn't the rain just so poetic?
How Much? - how much can a person feel for another?
On the Way, In the Way - an attempt at at Renji/Rukia fanfic
Laughing and Smiling - irony of feelings?
Bookworm in Distress - or maybe, damsel in distress in a bookstore.
Time Flies - trying my hand at poetry (yet again)
A Beginner's Tale - fooling around with Talecraft


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Burglar in the Rye
Alamat ng Gubat
Wander Girl
Boy Meets Girl
Kikomachine Komix Blg.1
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal

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