Book Review: Bob Ong’s Kapitan Sino

The cover of Bob Ong's Kapitan Sino

Image from The Visual Print Publishing website.

This obviously is a book review that’s way long overdue. My blog still gets a few clicks related to the book because of one posts regarding the book’s release. And apart from that, I see people who seem to be reading the book for the first time.

Kapitan Sino is Bob Ong’s 7th book. I got my copy from Pandayan Bookshop, 3 days after the book’s release.

Before dipping my toes into the pool, I took the liberty of reading a few other reviews written which can also be read online. Some were disappointed, some were “okay” with it. One was even really disappointed to the point that he found the book corny.

This book was, if I’m not mistaken, his third try with writing fiction – after Alamat ng Gubat and MacArthur.

The story was about Rogelio Manglicmot and was set in the 1980’s. An ordinary neighborhood electrician who one day discovered he had extra-ordinary powers. So yes, as the title gave it away, it’s a superhero book but not your ordinary superhero story. The protagonist didn’t have the flashy costumes or the impressive-sounding-and-well-thought-of-name just like Batman and Superman but he sure was a superhero.

How was the read?

It’s another eye-opener. Just like how he wrote his first two fiction books, he used a lot of symbolisms to portray the current situation of the Philippines. Topics from poverty to politics to corruption are tackled but in a comedic way. There are a lot of painful truths in the story which some might find offensive but as they say, the truth hurts.

Dull and boring points are almost part of every book out there. And there were quite a number of it in this book. A lot of funny lines can be found on this one and the ever infamous Bob Ong quotes are also here. There were lines that didn’t really hit it. The author was trying to get a laugh but unsuccessfully wasn’t able to.

One of the quotable lines from the book is “Hindi ka bayani dahil sa mga kaya mong gawin. Bayani ka dahil sa mga ginawa mo (You’re not a hero because of what you can do. You’re a hero because of what you have done)”. Isn’t it true?

But to sum it all up, I was entertained; which is what’s more important.

Was it worth the buy?

The book is sold for only Php 175.00 in all major bookstores nationwide. I would say yes. 166 Pages of fairly entertaining Bob Ong literature is worth the buy. If you’re a fan, buy it. If you’re not, buy it still. You’ll surely get hooked.

Would I recommend it to anybody?

Definitely. Any Bob Ong fan would want to read it. Everybody should try to read it. It’s not a Stephanie Meyer or J.K. Rowling book but if you’re Filipino, you should read this and his other books as well.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Bob Ong’s Kapitan Sino

  1. Hey, this is a nice review. I’ve read the book a couple of times, and yes, I’m certainly entertained. It’s not fancy, certainly not a Harry Potter-type but one thing’s for sure, it’s worth every single cent that you paid. I hope you’ll post some kind of update for any Bob Ong upcoming books. Thanks! 🙂

  2. i really love this book, i did not cry while reading the ending but i can’t get over it for over 2 weeks!

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