Orosa-Nakpil, Malate by Louie Mar Gangcuangco

Orosa-Nakpil, Malate (A Filipino Novel)Orosa-Nakpil, Malate by Louie Mar A. Gangcuangco

Format: Paperback, 226 pages
Published 2006 by Louie Mar’s Publications
Read in November, 2010
Rating: ★★★★

Because I read the Tagalog version, I shall make my review in the Filipino language.

Taong 2010 nang nabasa ko ito. Isa sa malapit na kamag-aral ko sa kolehiyo ang bumili ng libro, at ang kopya nya ay umikot na sa buong klase. Noong mga panahon yon, unti unti akong namulat sa mga bagay-bagay sa realidad, at maraming beses namin napag-uusapan ang iba’t ibang paksa: relihiyon, karapatang pagkakabaihan, kahirapan, akademikong aralin, at homosekswalidad–kasama ng iba pang paksa tungkol sa buhay.

Ito ang unang aklat na nabasa ko tungkol sa homosekwalidad, partikular na sa mga tinatawag sa ating lipunan na mga “bakla”. Marami akong mga kakilala na ganoon ang oryentasyon, at ang iba pa ay naging mga kaibigan ko. Samakatuwid, ang nagpahiram sa akin ng aklat na ito ay isa ring lalake na tipo ang kapwa lalake. Wala naman akong panghuhusga sa mga ganoon; at interesado din ako sa mga gantong tema.

Ang Orosa-Napkil, Malate ay isang nobela na tinatalakay ang mga kontemporaryong isyu: homosekwalidad, pakikipagtalik, buhay ng mag-aaral, STD, HIV/AIDS, at pag-ibig. Oo, tama–pag-ibig. Marahil marami sa atin ang nagtataas ng kilay tuwing naririnig ang mga kwento ng “pagmamahalan” ng mga tao na pareho ang kasarian; mapalalaki man sa lalake o babae sa babae. Ngunit totoo na umuusbong ang pag-ibig sa mga gantong tipo ng indibidwal, at ang Orosa-Napkil, Malate ang namulat sa akin sa realidad na ito.

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Loser by Jerry Spenelli

LoserLoser by Jerry Spinelli

Format: Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
ISBN13: 9780060540746 | Published 2002 by HarperCollins
Read from August 24 to September 03, 2013
owned
My rating: ★★★☆☆

This was my third book by Jerry Spenelli, the first ones were Stargirl and Love Stargirl. I had immediately liked the writer in the first two books; his writing style was simple, yet astonishly magical. Jerry Spenelli writes for children and juveniles, actually–his target audience are those in middle grade–yet teenagers, young adults, and adults could totally enjoy reading his books.

So Loser is basically about Donald Zinkoff, which is an exceptional and special kid. Since he was young, Zinkoff has already been showing signs that he is unique. He is unlike any other kid. He enjoys going to school, with the kind of excitement to compel him to go early to school. He enjoys learning and discovering things. He likes involving himself in wide array of activities. Zinkoff is like a ball of energy, and there is no way that he could be stopped in his conquest to explore the world.

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Erick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama Ang Anak Kong Autistic

Erick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama ang Anak Kong AutisticErick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama ang Anak Kong Autistic by Fanny A. Garcia

Format: Bookpaper, 304 pages
ISBN: 971271439X (ISBN13: 9712714403) | Published 2004 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Read from January 25 to February 10, 2014
owned, pinoy book
My rating: ★★★★

Ang librong ito ang isa sa mga librong nabili ko noong warehouse sale ng National Bookstore noong Nobyembre 2012. Mayroong din akong Introduction to Special Education class ngayong semestre, at ang report ko pa nga ay tungkol sa Autism Spectrum Disorder kaya binasa ko agad ang librong ito bilang additional reference material. Ang librong ito ang nagsisilbing biography ni Erick, isang batang autistic; at autobiography na rin ng kanyang ina na si Fanny A. Garcia.

Si Fanny A. Garcia ay isang manunulat na nagkamit ng mga gantimpala sa Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature sa mga kategoryang maikling kwento, sanaysay, teleplay, at kwentong pambata. Bago ang Erick Slumbook, nakapaglimbag na rin sya ng apat na libro. Sya din ang scriptwriter ng pelikulang “Saan Darating ang Umaga?” ng Viva Films noong 1983, na nanomina bilang Best Story at Best Screenplay. Bukod dito, nagkaroon na rin sya ng iba pang parangal. Isa rin syang guro, editor, mananaliksik, at tagapagsalin.

Ngunit sa kabila ng kanyang mga tagumpay, hindi akalain ni Fanny na magkakaron sya ng matinding pagsubok sa buhay na siyang magpapatatag rin sya kanya at magsisibling inspirasyon nya. Nasa 30s na sya nang magkaanak–lima ang pinagbuntis nya ngunit ang apat ay nalaglag–at hindi nya akalain na ang kaisa-isa nyang anak ay magiging isang autistic. Si Erick ay isang nonverbal autistic, ibig sabihin ay hindi nya mapahayag ang sarili nya sa verbal na paraan.

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Starters by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)Starters by Lissa Price
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN13: 9780307978103 | Published 2012 by Delacorte Press Read from February 7 to 11, 2013
owned, given to me
My rating: ★★★★★

I have seen Starters in the front shelves of National Bookstore early last year, freshly published. Immediately, I fell in love with the cover art. It was so entrancing! I wanted to buy it, but it was worth more than 500 pesos, and I don’t usually buy books in that price bracket. So when our company Christmas Party drew near, I wrote Starters in my wishlist. And imagine my delight when the one who got my name—dressed as Bane of Batman in our masquerade-themed Christmas party—handed me a book. A book! And it was Starters by Lissa Price, along with its lovely cover art—the whitish picture of a girl with intriguing expression, her other eye colored blue in contrast with the immaculate whiteness.

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2014 Reading Bingo Challenge

Earlier this year I was really excited to start doing this. Then, because I became more and more busy with school, I began to forgot that I “signed up” for this challenge. With the creation of my book blog, I hope I could continue doing this and accomplish the bingo challenges.

By the way, I think I’ve already ticked off some of the updates here. I’ll post updates soon! 🙂

Pixie Stargirl

So at the beginning of the year (I think that was during the first week of 2014), I saw this shared post about a bingo reading challenge. It is from Randomhouse, and the idea is this (according to the website) is: “You can approach the Reading Bingo card however you like: beginners, start by getting one line; if you’re more advanced, try the whole outside box on the card; experts, fill in the whole card!”

To add spice to the challenge, I would also be doing their YA Bingo Reading Challenge. Yay! Not very much into YA because I pretty much have eclectic reading taste, but I do love reading some young adult books.

I’m actually planning of doing a bingo blackout (meaning all boxes would be filled) for this, but I’m still not sure. I’m aiming to read 45 books for my Goodreads reading challenge this year…

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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After DarkAfter Dark by Haruki Murakami

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0307278735 (ISBN13: 9780307388889)

Read from September 17 to September 19, 2013
second-hand, owned
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★

A couple of months ago, my friend was selling two of her books for a very reasonable price. The books were After Dark by Haruki Murakami and Looking for Alaska by John Green. Since the books were priced a lot cheaper than the original price, and they were written by two respectable authors, I bought the books and my friend shipped them straight from Davao. They had been sitting on my bookshelf for some time, and it was only recently that I felt I am ready to read another Murakami book.

The whole happenings in the novelette have taken place in only a span of a night. Mari was staying at Denny’s as she reads a thick book, when a guy named Takahashi approached her. He plays trombone for a band, and he remembers Mari as Eri’s younger sister, and who also happens to be his date in a swimming party two summers ago.

In the course of that night, Mari met Kaoru, a retired female wrestler, who now works as a manager of love ho (shortened for love hotel, which is actually the Japanese equivalent of a “motel” here in the Philippines); a Chinese prostitute who was beaten and stripped by her customer in that love ho; and some of the staff of the love ho, Korogi and Komugi. Apart from them, there were also other people mentioned in the book: Shirakawa, a sadistic computer expert; and Eri, Mari’s older sister who happens to be asleep for two months! Though there are some characters that didn’t really interact directly with each other, each of them seemed related and entwined with each other.

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