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o?!” or “Aba, Nakakabasa Na

Pala Ako?! (Mga Kwentong Chalk Ni Bob Ong)

is a humorautobiography nove

l published in 2001 by “Roberto Ong” alsoknown as “Bob Ong”. It was Bob Ong’s

first book and his mostpopular work, and was published by Visual Print Enterprises writtenin Tagalog
slang supposedly his childhood memories, from hisearliest days as a learner until his first few years at
work.Based from, the book was a surprise hit in2001, 500 copies were rapidly vended on
its first run and by 2013,it had sold over 240,000 copies, at which time a 12th anniversaryedition was
published.The film version was released by VIVA FILMS on February19, 2014 entitled as


” starred by Andi Eigenmann, Meg Imperial, Vandolph and Jericho Rosales.The film grossed $384,007 or

17,164,920 pesos.

Bob Ong’

s actual name is unknown.

The name “

Bob Ong

”came from his website “

Bobong Pinoy


means “


. The site received a People's Choice Philippine Web Award for beingWeird/Humor in 1998, but was
taken down after former President Joseph "Erap"Estrada was ousted after the Second People Power


The book talks about his journey as a student and as a teacher,

which waseffective enough to persuade the nostalgia of grade school and high school, and evenpast
college experiences

– especially because it was written in a personal point of view.The story depicts the Filipino culture and,
although in a humorous way, reveals thesocial realities and issues that remain present up until now –

namely education,economy, corruption up until personal struggles. The author also leaves audiences
withadvice regarding life and school in general.

“Roberto Ong”

a simple schoolboy with a simple life, visions and hopes in life. Hisfather is a seaman and her mother is a
sewer. He is studying in a public schoolexperiencing typical life. He showed us the games we used to
play with his friends,

Portia and Ulo. Portia is a simple girl turned into a tomboy because Roberto doesn’t

love her and Ulo, his cool friend. When they are in elementary, they used to play S.O.S.,Spin-A-Win,
Spirit of the Pen, Flames and other games; He also get troubled and howhe exceeded it and he also
showed us how to cross the river of life in Elementaryschool. After he graduated, he enters high school

O.M.G. a PIMPLE! Oh wait… Do

you miss those old-fashioned uniforms? How about those funny haircuts and hairstyles?Cutting classes,
watching movies on cinemas and being with your high school friendswill be so much memorable.

He also talks about “Noli Me Tangere” and “ElFilibusterismo” of Jose Rizal, how those novels g

ave us headaches. Crushes, Love

ones, and his special someone. Struggles came to his life when he enters high school,rushed projects,
doing assignments every morning and excuses on teachers when youfeel lazy. Roberto also indicated
the one of the most memorable event in our highschool life, the JS Prom where he used to be with her
special someone. After those struggles in high school, Roberto and his friends applied for entranceexam
on different universities, and at last Roberto is now a COLLEGE STUDENT! Butnow that he is already a
college student, everything has changed. Constantly late,

always absent, that’s why he transferred into another school but he can’t change

himself. Still, he is indolent but then he proceeds and now graduated as a teacher.He found out that
being teacher is not that easy and stress-free, you need to

learn more than what you teach. Roberto also tackled that “Favoritism”

is unavoidable

these days because in a class, there’s always a smart and dumb

learners. After threeyears, Roberto Ong got married, he gave up his work. But then, he spun back to
thepast. He realized that learning and education is important.He was embarrassed when he saw his
batch mates; they are in big businesses

called “Big Time” but then he is just a teacher.

Generally, he showed us how his schooling years went, and taught us aboutlooking at a bigger picture
than simply passing school. He educated his audience byshowing them what education really is for

not just to make money or get jobs

but tobuild self-sufficient citizens, to make use of the intellect. He firmly believed thatcharacter is more
important than academic excellence.

ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! is an autobiography detailing author Bob Ong’s school days, from his experiences
on his first day of primacy school to his disastrous university experience and culminating with his entry into
the education sector himself, as a teacher. The book is written in Tagalog, the language of the Philippine
Islands. The autobiography’s long title is meant to be read phonetically, as “Aba, nakakabasa na pala ako?!”
which when translated to English means, “Wow, I can actually read now?!” Bob Ong is Filipino, but the name
is a pseudonym and his true identity is unconfirmed, though several contemporary Filipino authors have been
ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! is told through a series of humorous anecdotes focusing on four phases: primary school,
high school, university, and his adult working life. Ong is befuddled by his introduction to a chaotic, Filipino
public school at age five, and deeply scared of terrifying, witch-like first primary teacher, who made a habit of
physically lashing out at misbehaving students. As Ong grows older, his troubles with school grow. He skips
school to watch movies at the local movie theater. He experiences the traditional teenage scourge of acne,
dotingly pursues a pretty girl he refers to as “Special Someone,” and battles his constant foe, math class, all
while using his experiences to poke fun at Filipino cultural norms and the Philippines’ deeply underfunded
public education system.
When Ong moves on from secondary school to university, he wonders if the change in scenery will change his
lack of academic motivation. He decides to study Computer Science, but his university years are a disaster.
The tone changes in this section, as Ong realizes just how much his future will depend on his university
grades. Though Ong struggles valiantly to master his university curriculum and make good grades, he
ultimately fails out of his Computer Science program and later finishes up his studies at and graduates from a
vocational school. The book’s final section sees Ong returning to his roots as he begins work as a teacher at a
Filipino public school much like his own alma mater. As a teacher, Ong observes his students, providing a
guide of the various social groups that make up the school’s population—Clowns, Geeks, Celebrities,
Weirdoes, and Nerds, among others. He sees just how much his students have to teach him, just as he strives to
teach them. He also has a new perspective on the various failures of the Filipino education system, and
concludes his book with a call to fixing these issues of infrastructure and lack of funding.

ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! is as much a story of the Philippines and the country’s culture as it is a story of Bob Ong
and his life. Though the book is one man’s autobiography, it goes beyond a simple life story, taking a
humorous but critical look at one country’s education system and calling for substantive change.

I: Deskripsyon ng libro

Ang aklat na ito ni Bob Ong ay tungkol sa pag aaral ni Bob Ong mula bata bata hanggang kolehiyo at sa
kanyang pagtratrabaho. Binanggit din dito ang tungkol sa buhay ng mga guro at estudyante ng
pampublikong paaralan kung saan nanggaling ang may akda pati na rin ang pagpapahalaga ng

II: Nagustuhang parte ng aklat

"Nalaman kong hinde pala exam na may passing rate ang buhay. Hindi ito multiple choice, identification,
true or false, enumeration, o fill-in-the-blanks na sinasagutan, kundi essay na isinusulat araw-araw.
Huhusgahan ito hindi base sa kung tama o mali ang sagot, kundi base sa kung may kabuluhan ang mga
naisulat o wala. Allowed ang erasures."
Nagustuhan ko ang linyang ito dahil nagawa nyang ikumpara ang buhay sa essay ng maayos at totoo sa
buhay. Nagawan nya ng flawless na pagkukumpara ang kahalagahan ng buhay sa isang essay, isang
bagay na di natin gaanong nabibigyan ng pansin dahil gusto natin makamit ang tamang sagot o yung
layunin natin sa buhay nang di man lang binibigyang halaga ang buhay. Live life to the fullest ika nga nila,
di mahalaga kung maganda ang ending ng essay mo o hinde, kung naging successful ka bang tao o hinde
kundi kung nabigyan mo ba ng kabuluhan ang buhay na ipinagkaloob sayo.

III: Kongklusyon/ Reaksyon

Ang librong ita ay para sa lahat, mga guro, estudyante, mga dating nakapag-aral at sa lahat ng Pilipino;
tulad ng nakalagay saunang parte ng aklat o yung dedication. Ang aklat ay madaling nakakuha ng
atensyon sa kabataan dahil sa paraan ng pagpapahayag nito, hindi pormal at hindi rin napakabalbal,
medyo matino at medyo may sayad ang tingin ng mangbabasa sa umpisa ngunit pagkatapos ng ilang
pahina ay magbabago ang tingin mo. Sa umpisa ay puro kalokohan ang mababasa mo. Mapapaisip ka
kung kinukuha nya atensyon mo o sadyang masochist lang ang nagsulat, anuman ang sagot ay nakuha
nito ang atensyon natin at tanggalin ang bagot sa pagbabasa. Kumabaga puro walang kabuluhan ang
mga nakalagay sa aklat pero ang mga walang kabuluhang bagay na yun ay nagawan ni Bob Ong ng
paaran upang maging sensible at kapupulutan ng aral. Para sa akin ang gustong ipahiwatig ng aklat ay
ang papel ng mga guro sa buhay natin at ang kahalagahan ng edukasyon, di lang ang edukasyong pang
akademiko kundi pati ang mga aral ng buhay natin.

adapts the popular novel by Bob Ong. It is designed as a delivery system for nostalgia about school, the
film mainly composed of short vignettes that recall particular moments of school life, from show and
tell, to cutting classes, to falling in love for the first time. The film strives to get to as many of these
moments as possible, sacrificing coherence in the process. The film never stops long enough to make
any of these moments matter, making all this reminiscing feel a little empty.

The film follows a character named Roberto Ong (Jericho Rosales). It checks in on him in four phases of
his life. In elementary school, he experiences his first brush with romance, with the affections of his
friend Portia. In high school, as an awkward, acne-ridden teen, he falls hard for a transferee student he
refers to as "special someone" (Andi Eigenmann). In college he comes face to face with the prospect of
failure. And as working adult, he is confronted with his entire educational past as he deals with an
impending reunion.

This is clearly one of those stories that just work better on the page. The film is episodic, jumping
between moments in the main character's scholastic history. There's very little plot holding these
moments together, the film mainly relying on the nostalgia factor to give these moments their appeal. It
all feels a little underbaked. One doesn't really get a sense of what makes the main character tick, as
there's never any time to linger on any of these defining moments.
The lack of development is clearest in the relationship with special someone. The film never gets around
to making a case for their being together. We only catch glimpses of them, and it never seems like the
two are really all that compatible. And yet, the final moments of the film are dependent on how much
we care about the two ending up as a couple. The film insists on romance where there is none, and ends
up suffering for it. There are other threads that seem more worthy of attention. It would have been nice
to get more scenes of Roberto's family, who offer a deeper emotional well to draw from.

It is a bit of a stretch to have Jericho Rosales, Meg Imperial and Vandolph playing high school students,
but they mostly get the point across. Rosales isn't quite given enough material to work with, but he gets
through everything well enough. Solid support from Imperial and Vandolph helps a lot. Bing Pimentel
shines with a nicely understated performance as Roberto's mother, giving an underwritten role a whole
lot heart.

ABNKKBSNPLAko?! seems to count on the nostalgia to compensate for the looseness of the narrative.
It's a fair approach, but the film doesn't really get deep enough into its milieu. It doesn't have time for
anything more than a couple of dropped references, the story moving on before the nostalgia can really
take hold. The film seems to want to rush through everything, trying to cram in as much of the book as
possible. This story might have been better served by a steadier hand; one willing to let some things go
in order to get deeper.

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