Miriam Defensor Santiago's Stupid is Forever

It is always an amusement when you see a politician bash her fellow politician. It's like observing an alligator biting a crocodile in a zoo. You just need a piece of chair to sit on and a popcorn to munch at. And when somebody tells you that she has a very high standard of integrity, you may not need to believe it prima facie. Because she is probably joking.

Some of the contents of this book are mostly rehashed lines from Boy Pick Up (or Boy Banat) and other satire and humor sites as confessed by the author herself in the introduction. Some of the jokes are very good, the epigrams are fresh and hard hitting like a sucker punch while some are just classic jokes that has been circulating more than a decade ago. I enjoyed the fresh ones as much as re-reading the old ones. It just feels that I contributed to a politician's campaign funds, if not her health funds. Is this book an early part of an election campaign? Not sure. Not counting out the illustrators who lent their talents for this book, Miriam Defensor Santiago's collection of epigrams will make her fans love her more and also, she has the ABS CBN Publishing to thank for. I just hope that her fellow politicians take her bites at heart just for the common good of the Filipino citizen. But then again, can the stupid really learn?

Genre: Humor, Satire
Rating: 3 impressive resumes out of 5


Manix Abrera's 12

First of all, thank you to the constant horde of bus commuters at Megamall that stalled me on my way home last Wednesday night. It was like the Filipino version of Zombie Apocalypse. Because of that I was able to read this silent comic by Manix Abrera which is publicly released three years ago.  The story that won an award (but was later revoked due to technical ruling) stood out as the flagship story for the entire collection of 12 wordless stories printed on glossy paper. My reaction after finishing the book was exactly THAT face of Agent K groping for a sense of deja vu after recovering his memory in the sequel of Men in Black. The stories were indeed good, but partially derivative. I think I saw some of the stories before, but I just could not recall everything where. Migraine Boy? Not sure. I can remember the roach scene from Joe's Apartment. The stargazing moment at the Sunken Garden or Lagoon is always a recurring scene in Manix's stories. I am sure most readers love the girl and her balloon story because it's perfectly sad. I agree.

 I just wish that they printed this on plain paper to reach the general readership. Because the quality would be the same.

Genre: Sci Fi, Urban Fantasy, Humor
Rating: 3.5 drops of distilled "rain"


An Endangered Word

With the steady rise in transition to Digital Media, the traditional book format and its perks might become obsolete in the years to come but it remains a theory, though. I'm sure advocates of the classic format (who are still smellbound) will find a way for its own preservation as we all know that when something becomes obsolete, it also increases its own value. Museums and antique shops will still flourish and if you can read Hieroglyphics or Aramaic today, that's a pretty cool and powerful skill no matter how hard it would take to practice. And if you love reading and remember the exiles in Fahrenheit 451, you know what I am talking about.

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