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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. At the end, Monkey was able to make Tong eat the bud, making him to not also care about the realities around him.

Bakit kami nina Bubuyog at Gagamba, may naipundar din kami kahit papano. 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 plot is presented well. The book is also fast paced and a quick read only a hundred pages which already includes the illustrated pages. 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. 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 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. Like Liked by 1 person. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

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Alamat ng Gubat

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.


Alamat ng Gubat by Bob Ong

In his journey in finding the Puso, he encountered other animal characters, each representing people in our society. Bob Ong is known for depicting our current society and culture as Filipinos in his literary pieces. His works are reflections of the past and even in our world today. In the story, there are characters that we can relate to our society today. He represents Pilipinos who wants payment or exchange before helping or doing a favor. He can be compared with a politician that is corrupt, greedy for power and money. In the relationship of Bibe and Palaka it mirrors the treatment of the society with the people who are wealthy and rich.

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