Book Review: Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin by Bob Ong
Let’s start the year right: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU! I went out early this morning (0520) for a good round of jogging. It’s funny because I’m pretty sure the fireworks and all the banging kept me up until 0100 but my body still managed to wake up 20 minutes before the alarm went off (0420).
I guess my Circadian Rhythm never fails to be consistent with regards to having just enough sleep which usually ranges from 6-7 hours.
Now on with the review. In this article, I’ll be talking about the Filipino pop culture favorite’s new book.
In a nutshell, it’s about certain TV tropes surrounding a typical Pinoy’s favorite TV show or film. Bob Ong’s novel fairly reminds me of his most likely best seller but it’s not without original and witty content. I’m not spoiling anything to say the least. All I’ll be saying is that it’s not exactly a very entertaining book if a comparison would be made against his first 3 books. The stories told are much about the recycled materials film producers and directors give the audience with a “quantity over quality” philosophy in which the quantity would be interpreted as the amount of money a certain project would produce.
Bob’s subtle messages aren’t so subtle as compared to his fairly more popular books. The book clearly states the message Bob wants the audience to know which gave me the impression that he wrote this book with a bit of rebellion or perhaps anger towards the local media and, yes, the target audiences who, due to the desensitization and commercialism brought on by the local media, have lost most of the good taste in what they consume from books and television. Bob’s statement is pretty clear: People have grown dumber and much more naive in the last decade.
Bob Ong’s personal observation must’ve come from the fact that people are still taking new shows as “new” despite the heavy resemblance to classics during the 90’s. Bob tells us the media has taken advantage of the way most of the population lies ignorant over the fact that they are being shown reruns with new actors and different settings. I can compare this to eating left-overs from last week’s dinner party. Dinner last week was so awesome that they froze the left-overs and fed them to a new bunch of people and tell them it’s freshly cooked.
Bob also tells us of how ignorant we’ve become with regards to how we maximize the opportunities and resources given to us. Like for example the use of internet has enabled virtually everyone to have their opinions seen, heard, or even watched. And yet most people would rather watch gore, porn, update their Facebook with crap, and simply waste time, literally clicking their lives away.
That’s all I can really say about the book. Then again, there’s really nothing much to say. As I’ve stated earlier, everything is pointed clearly. Bob Ong must’ve gotten sick of being subtle that he literally opted to make all his points as clear as daylight during a long summer day. I mean, he provoked his reader in the end. How did he provoke us? You’ll just have to find out if you still haven’t read this.
I give this book a 6/10.
It’s not really about the story but it could’ve helped. I really miss his old style of writing where he tells it from his own P.O.V.