We do not always have our feelings reciprocated by the person we love or like. The subject matter was very interesting but I think I am always generous to Filipinos writing in English because I want more books from them. What I like about the story is the carefree portrayal of JC author of life within the prison wall with intimations of the loneliness and darkness behind that carefree life. This was much worse for a novel; a clever idea but one that ultimate slows down the book’s energy. Though devastated, the latter continues his life and begins to pursue his dreams. Judy Ann rated it really liked it Sep 30,

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Banyaga: A Song of War by Charlson Ong

If you are looking for a short story about love that journeys through impossible just to achieve it, love that does not seek to be returned, love that conquers hardships of life, and love that never gives up, this story is for you. I, who grew up in the Philippines and who studied this history or at least the historical aspects in this fiction in school for a good chunk of my life, found myself learning lots of new things and yearning for more.

The one character in this story who played a major role but did not really get the exposure he needs is the boy, who is no longer a boy by the end of the story. I had no reason to doubt him when he told me that Marcos was among the worst presidents any sadnali could have, because it takes a special kind of asshole to pillage one’s own countrymen. The story got me just by reading the synopsis. It comprises a collection of articles written by Lacaba in this time period when the youth were just beginning to forge their political line, where they took eandali the streets marching in the hot sun from morning until night so as to steel their bodies in preparation for the People’s War in which many would take up the cause for.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Arlene Bongcras rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Books in My Baggage Blog. Overall, we would give the story a rating of 4. Leigh rated it it was amazing May 01, Shaina Camille rated it did not like it Sep 04, The footnoters have their own squabbles; Raymundo, who has his own story, is witness to the people he came in contact with, each with their own stories; Rizal, who has his own life story, has his novels, each with mgaa own stories.

The syynopsis styles are of course different. But the purpose of writing finds great semblance. Gina Apostol was born in Manila and lives in New York. The author, Dean Francis Alfar, is a huge fan of fiction, and he is one of the advocates of speculative fiction in the Philippines.

There’s also a lot of Hokien words here that never get translated in the text, so it pays to have some background in Chinese language and culture. The story somehow gives the readers a viewpoint of what life in prison looks like.

All in all, I hope that within 10 years, I have improved as a person, pursuing my passion happily and successfully. Mar 17, Aimee Capinpuyan rated it really liked it.

Polyanna Caguicla rated it it was ok Jun 04, Return to Book Page. Hopefully in ten years, I would have a more concrete sense of my purpose in this world so that I can be of more use to the society and to myself as well. Led Villafuerte rated it it was amazing Apr 10, Leave a Comment Below Cancel reply. These two lonely souls finds solace in each other, and despite their age gap and social differences, prove that anyone can be bound in friendship.


Request to the publisher: Remember not to take the characters too seriously and you’ll be fine. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. What I can interpret about this is that the author is trying to break barriers. I think diaries are boring because they are often so solipsistic, the fact that this is a fake diary is even worse.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. PaperbackBook Paperpages. Alessandra de Rossi explains why she can’t do kissing scenes and why she doesn’t like playing lead in teleseryes”.

Joel Macalalad rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Mark Dizon rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Nicole rated it liked it Mar 01, Reina Jean rated it liked it Oct 07, Gina Apostol has now become one of my xandali writers of all time.

Ten years from now, I see myself as a successful video blogger and mechanical engineer.

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata

Pen rated it really liked it May 16, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a fictional account of the entire history jga the Filipino- Chinese, from their first immigration to the Philippines up to their contemporary struggle.

Imelda rated it sandalli was amazing Jun 13, In this ‘memoir,’ we have several nested stories and various storylines occurring concurrently above, below, or around each other. Mario Bautista of Journal reviews: I rarely finish required readings in school but this one got me hooked. Forbidden which was maya due to controversies and sensitivity issues involving Islamic faith, GMA Network management decide to come up for a new project making use of the same cast.