Kapeng Arabo has that Bob-Ong-esque flavour and it will definitely reinvigorate your mind. It is about the bittersweet blend of the life of an OFW in an opulent sexually-repressed absurd
of North-Korea-like Kingdom . Saudi Arabia
Sino ba talaga ang nakakaunawa sa buhay ng mga OFW’s kundi ang kapwa rin niya, di ba? Minsan kasi akala nila mga nagtatae na tayo sa pera, pero kahit pa man ganun, hindi nila alam kung gaano kahaba na ang ilog ng ating luha at pawis. Exposed minsan tayo sa harassment, ang dignidad natin ay minsan nayuyurakan hindi lang ng mga employer, minsan kahit kapwa naming OFW’s (nako, may kwento ako diyan! Wehehehe…).
Manny Garcia, author of the book, gave an account of what’s life like in
their drama, the
quirky lifestyle of Pinoys, the cultural and social perspective, sex and
relationships, friendships, and their dreams. Saudi Arabia-
|The author, Manny Garcia|
Simple, appealing at suabe ang style niya. While some chapters offer very amusing stories and funny incidents, the book’s not simply written for entertainment or to make people laugh.
Garcia is a man with a particular perspective in life. His life experiences allowed him to think outside the box of general culture and society, and dissect concepts and viewpoints in a very sensible manner.
At siyempre, para sa mga political animals tulad ko, he dedicated a chapter about absentee-voting, an issue that is very dear to me, and very close to the hearts of fellow OFW’s. It’s really a big deal for many of us. Well, not really. At least to some of us Filipinos here in
who worked hard
to encourage people to exercise their right and do one of the least duties to
the country. His politics really intrigued me. Tuscany
More than that, the author has that progressive spirit which he encapsulated among the pages of his work. He envisions the possibility of OFW’s to have a real and tangible influence and effect in building the nation. He admonishes readers and fellow OFW’s to set our hearts in returning to the Motherland and have an entrepreneurial objective. His concept is very inspiring, and very ambitious. It’s not easy in practical terms but Manny Garcia got it right, because he applied his belief in his own life.
Entertaining, inspiring, and, like any caffeine fix, it really boosts up your spirit.
A re-fill wouldn’t be optional. You’ll want another cup.
And speaking of re-fill, I’m not sure if he’s still working on the second book, or probably he’s already published it. Maybe I should send him an email.
Special thanks to
, for giving me this book
as a gift. Yung regalo ko sayo next time na lang, hehehehe…. Alvin