Complete write-up

Our Media Literacy and studies professor told us that our final requirement for his subject was to come up with a critique magazine that will confer all media forms. Due to limited space  in our magazine, I would just like to post here my complete article covering the  latest book of Mr. Bob Ong which is “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin”.

One hundred eighty five pages, three chapters and a pink catchy romance pocketbook look alike cover, who will not get too nosy into what is it all about if behind the book was an anonymous author bearing another tricky and query realization for all Filipino readers to think and act about.

From one of the most renowned Filipino author of the generation, Roberto Ong a.k.a. Bob Ong once again satisfies the thirst of readers with another veracious accounts forming the media industry today on his 9th book “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin”.

Behind the screen name

As a writer of the bestseller books which includes ABNKKBSNPLAko?! , Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino?, Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas Alamat ng Gubat, Stainless Longganisa, Macarthur, Kapitan Sino and Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan, Bob Ong abides his commitment to produce a witty and quality book imploring a unique style and content his readers will enjoy.

One thing distinct about Ong is that he maintains his anonymity which makes his readers asked more of him. This places Ong to a highly reputable and decent position for he sustains this peculiarity only few writers can engage in. Just like his books, Ong always craves his readers query minds by his unpredictable story, figures and characters.

Ong’s latest book only proves how sarcastically he can expose reality of the society Filipinos always take for granted without fear of being criticized and misunderstood by others. His funny but satiric style of writing baffles readers of his true identity and reason for publishing another controversial book.

Despite the author’s courageous exposition of his latest book, his ridiculous revelation of the media industry condition can peeved Filipinos sensitivity on such issue.

New Look, New Style

Through the creative and ingenious hands of Manix Abrera and Kit Lapeña, Ong’s newly published boo b Visprint provides another promethean look readers inquisitively can caught site of. The cover emanates readers thirst to buy one and discover what is unique about it.

But somehow, the book’s cover also adds confusion rather than excitement to the buyers especially because it cognates to some of the romance pocketbooks in the country. Despite the odds, still Ong obtains the amazement of his fans.

In terms of writing style, Ong used a film-script format, a new style of writing which is fresh to readers’ sight. This unique style which he adopts for the first time bears another brilliant talent on writing and it really has a connection to the book’s content. It shows that he wants his readers feel that they are watching a movie.

Philippine Movies Predictive Story

“Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin” comprises of three chapters consisting of an action story (Bala sa Bala, Kamao sa Kamao); horror story (Shake, Shaker, Shakest) and a drama story ( Asawa ni Marie)that generally entails the recurrent scenarios in the Philippine movies. Actions that are based on accidental fight scenes, Comedy based on slapsticks, Horror that are visually portrayed and Drama that involves love triangles.

Bob Ong portrayed his books characters and parts in relation to the movies here in the country and he put great emphasis into the real occurrence viewers have repeatedly watched during movie hour. As he says, “Nilagyan lang ng konting moral lesson ang pelikula para hind imaging ganap na basura”.

His lucid description of how movie scripts were written the same way over and over clearly explains that writers here confines themselves to their repeated work and they were too lazy and incapable of writing original and revised stories.

Another thing is that Ong mocks the producers’ capability to produce original materials for movies. Philippine movies were only an imitation of Hollywood movies. However true it may seem, not all producers are alike. They might be numbers that corresponds to the description but believing Filipino producers were smart enough, deeming one’s potential and call can change the landscape.

Television’s Enormity

The book can also be found to have an enormous content considering the impact and role of media forms were packed together into one.

Television, as one of the most influential and powerful tool in the media has been a day to day companion of Filipinos. Ong’s book evidently discussed the balky role most of the TV shows play on the life of Filipinos.

As Ong clarifies, “Ang TV, para ring drugs, pero ligal. Isipin mo, bakit isa ito sa unang-unang ipinupundar ng mga Pilipino kahit gaano sila kahirap? Kasi malaking tulong ang telebisyon para lumimot. Para tumakas sa realidad.” Though most of the notions about television were real, still Ong need not to devitalize the purpose of it citing only its negative implication. He must also realize that television has been sometimes the only escape of the people to their impoverished situation and unjust society. Contrary to what he said, what we are watching will not be the only basis of who we are going to be because at the end of the day, we all have the obligation to wake up and live our life.

Last point is that Ong mostly put TV shows role in question but there are other shows which are educational in nature though few are intact. Still, Ong’s perception of television role does not signify that Filipinos are too languid to find reality coming over them.

Radio Landscape Anew

In the case of Philippine radio, Ong’s book entails that Filipinos have now been the country’s prejudiced for supporting international song than of local. True to say, international music were more favored than of ours and we can depict that OPM were left behind in competition over the supremacy of international artists here in our own country.

Part also of the changing landscape of radio was the fact that remakes of music were be heard around implicating that there were no original music to be heard of. In terms of FM stations, each of which competes with one another on who’s number one. Their stations were full of “pampalengke” music which sometimes was very annoying to the listeners. Sad to say those original and decent radio stations signed off because of this new kind of stations.

Print Media Transformed and the Fight for Book tribulations

Little by little, newspapers specifically tabloids had generally been prioritizing scoops related to showbiz personalities and their private lives which evidently were less important than those of significant happenings in the country. This realization can be visualized to Filipinos getting more interested to nonsensical things than to which can concern them. Ong makes good description in the case.

Most importantly, Ong on his book put his great dilemma to the matter he was more concerned of and that is the books tribulations. The courageous adherence of Ong to put proper label of the word “bestseller” on books shows how he really wants to address the problem Filipino writers and publishers suffered against the tyranny of international books in the country.

Another good thing is the powerful persuasion of Ong to readers to read more useful and meaningful books can pave way to literary awareness and education. This great influence is very exalting because only few writers has a immense power to be heard and to see the need to constantly make readers feel they are also important.

Internet competence covered

The widespread usage of internet has become viral to the life of Filipinos. From time to time, the importance of letting everyone know what we feel can be visible. Ong visualize that at some point people will get used to forecast everything he had to do even into the slightest detail and that depicts the consequence of it all.

One thing that Ong involves in his book was the famous game on Facebook that is angry birds. The said game being described in the book was very annoying for nothing can make good use of it.

Internet has been of great use nowadays but possibly, Ong’s perception to the generation being much attached to it is very alarming. Weighing the pros and cons is very important.

Reality Checking and the Challenges & Roles of Media to the Youth

The actual events being delivered by Ong on his book were only some of the reality Filipinos experience in their everyday struggle to life. Some of them may be true but some may also be wrong.

In this modern age of another brawl to prove self sufficiency, media serves a great influence on the individuality of any Filipinos. This powerful agent can build or destruct Filipinos life. It can entertain or inform and sometimes it can hone our existence.

“ Tatlo ang magulang ng henerasyon natin. Ang tatay, ang nanay, at ang mga patalastas o media. Kaya kung mahina yung dalawang nauna, naaagawan sila ng ikatlo sa pagpapalaki sa bata,” Ong declares.

Media do serve a good purpose but definitely it all depends on how Filipinos will look at it. It is therefore a great challenge for us to be insensitive and be strong enough to fight what is true. After all, it is only a matter of choice. It is a choice whether media affects us or we affect media. Thumbs up for Bob Ong’s “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin”.


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