It was another phenomenal novel by Bob Ong who was consistent in writing society in his novels. This analysis will focus on how the characters represent certain types of Filipinos who were presented humorously yet candidly in the novel. The main character in the story was Tong. Tong was a crab.
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Klaro Karmeo De Asis Illustrator. Welcome to the Jungle! Samahan si Tong at ang kanyang mga kaibigan sa napakasayang alamat ng kahayupan sa Saging Republic. Makibahagi sa kuwentong garantisadong hindi kapupulutan ng aral. At salubungin ang napakagandang bukas na naghihintay sa ating lahat! Alamat mo. Alamat ko. Alamat ng gubat. Ang Librong Pambata Para sa Matatanda! Get A Copy. Paperback , 93 pages. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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It also reveals the problem in Philippines regarding elections wherein there is bribery, foul play presence of the oppressive, and the voting of the people with no proper reason.
True to the style of Bob Ong he reveals the point at the end of the book tong: that the Filipinos should aim for change and do something about it. View 1 comment. Aug 27, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: owned , bob-ong , filipino-literature , fantasy. The contemporary book Alamat ng Gubat follows the adventures of an ocean-dwelling crab named Tong who was given by his queen mother to get the magical banana bud from the mountains to cure his ailing father.
Along the way, in search for the cure, he meet different animals of different traits and characters who each has a different story. Bob Ong is a Filipino writer known for his 4 stars out of 5.
Bob Ong is a Filipino writer known for his works depicting Filipino life, culture and society. His books are always a reflection and commentary of the past and current Filipino setting. The book is written in Tagalog and uses some deep and complicated Tagalog words. Aside from Tong looking for the cure, the book also features the characters of Tong's father, Crocodile, Lion, Dog, Rabbit, Tortoise and Grasshopper all claiming to be the true king.
The book ended with Tong eventually getting the magical banana bud with the help of Monkey and with him Tong also found out his father's true ailment. That is, his father acts numb about the true poor state of his kingdom and he'll use the bud to continue being so. The bud acts as like the painkiller that numbs senses so that one won't feel anything good or bad.
At the end, Monkey was able to make Tong eat the bud, making him to not also care about the realities around him. Before reading this book, I thought that Bob Ong finally decided to branch out to young readers since that book itself has this colorful illustrations and the title itself seems to be like how a children's book is like.
But then again, while reading it, it's not. The book has this allegorical references to Philippine society. The author used the animals to portray the current context of the Philippines. He used the insects to represent the masses, who are always oppressed, and the animals as the superior elites in the country.
The book talks about the inefficiencies of the Philippine government and the politicians. Their lack of action and concern towards the real cause of the problems are the deep reasons why the Philippines continue to struggle.
Despite just being a short read, the book gave enough depth to its characters. The book is unique on it's own. The plot is presented well. The book is also fast paced and a quick read only a hundred pages which already includes the illustrated pages.
I like the author's unconventional approach in taking serious matters in presenting it in a way that's not that intimidating to read. There are symbols hidden in every character, situation and conversation. The books also has this nice balance of humor and morals. The book discusses that of the Philippine society, culture and politics. The book talks about the society, the Filipino society in particular, on how most of the time we go numb towards the known problems of our society.
On how despite the fact that we can do something for change but we still choose not to act. We find comfort in our own world without taking time to notice what's happening around us. The same cycle happens every time, that's why progress and development seems unattainable.
The book is an eye opener to its readers. It challenges us, readers, to be a hero in our own way whatever the situation, or forest, that we are in and that we should not be afraid to challenge the system. I can recommend the book to the fans of George Orwell's Animal Farm which also involves struggle for power and is a political satire.
Apr 25, Fruitz added it. Dec 03, Christian rated it really liked it Shelves: reads. I learned and laughed some. Oct 03, Mykee Tan rated it it was ok. My best friend lent this book to me back in high school. It was pretty hilarious but it's not my kind of book. I felt dumb reading it. I know it's supposed to be about post-colonialism and corruption and stuff but a lot of people don't get that.
Some of them think it's pure comedy and that's why they like it. Most people probably won't take reading this book seriously and I think that this book will re My best friend lent this book to me back in high school.
Most people probably won't take reading this book seriously and I think that this book will remain just another comic book to people. Shelves: own , dystopia , 5-stars-or-more , children-s , political-intrigue , fiction , fantasy , reviewed , author-filipino , read-more-than-once. Very cute, I like the drawing a lot. I also like the friendster part at the beginning that was hilarious. I love the melodrama when the lobster died and there was some kind of Unchained Melody Song in the background.
They said this book was ambiguous and implied something on Filipino Government, but I really don't understand what the heck happened at the end and it's meaning. View all 7 comments. Oct 17, Chenley Cabaluna rated it really liked it Shelves: beforereads.
Aug 15, Maris rated it it was ok. It's a really short book so it was a fast read. View 2 comments. May 18, Josephine L. Funny story. I love the first part..
My Thoughts About Alamat ng Gubat by Bob Ong (Book Review #60)
The contemporary book Alamat ng Gubat follows the adventures of an ocean-dwelling crab named Tong who was given by his queen mother to get the magical banana bud from the mountains to cure his ailing father. Along the way, in search for the cure, he meet different animals of different traits and characters who each has a different story. Bob Ong is a Filipino writer known for his works depicting Filipino life, culture and society. His books are always a reflection and commentary of the past and current Filipino setting. The book is written in Tagalog and uses some deep and complicated Tagalog words.
Alamat ng Gubat by Bob Ong
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