Bob Ong is definitely one of my favorite Filipino authors. And despite his anonymity, his books always sell like pancakes because of his humor and the social responsibility that is imbibed in his creations. After "Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan, he released his new book, "Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin", that is sure to be a laugh and a half.
Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin looks like a typical Pinoy pocketbook at the cover. But once you see the image, you would notice how funny the picture is. The stories are shown in subtext and script form. Thanks to fellow blogger, FPJ, he informed me about this book during the Mikey Bustos Press Launch.
The book is separated into three chapters: (1) Bala sa Bala, Kamao sa Kamao, Satsat sa Satsat, (2) Shake, Shaker, Shakest and (3) Asawa ni Marie. The first story, Bala sa Bala... stars Diego and Divina Tuazon. Its theme is action/romantic/comedy/drama. Shake, Shaker, Shakest is a thriller/comedy story about a family living in an abandoned mansion. Lastly, Asawa ni Marie is a "Marimar" parody with other romantic stories on the side.
Overall, Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin is a comedic book that makes you laugh real hard, while reminiscing your favorite movies or Tagalog series. While it targets to tickle your funny bone, Bob Ong never fails to instill some of the serious current events in the country that needs attention to. One of them is patronizing foreign books instead of the locally released and the importance of education for the children. Its a light read and you can finish it in a day.
So if you're into satirical themed books, Bob Ong's Lumayo Ka Nga sa Akin is definitely the one to buy. Retails at Php175 in bookstores nationwide. Happy reading guys!