Hari Manawari (Tapat: Journal ng Bagong Nobelang Filipino Tomo I-02) (German Villanueva Gervacio) pdf, epub, doc

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The second issue of TAPAT Journal and it showcases this awesome fantasy Tagalog novel, Hari Manawari by the seemingly low-key but talented author German Gervacio. Why did I say low-key? Because I never heard of him prior to this book. This is one of the things I like about this journal, it introduces new writers and it also highlights or gives deeper insights on then books that I thought I read and understood. Only to find out that I did not or I missed somethings and this book makes me want to read them again.

Just like the first 3 issues that I've so far read, this issue is divided into three parts: (1)Hari Manawari (4 STARS) is the story of a prince who is tasked to look for the owner of a handkerchief who is a mysterious lady he has seen once. The plot is not original but the storytelling is tremendously funny. I am soon turning 49 and I am too old to be entertained by fantasy story but this one made me laugh out loud several times that my wife could not sleep; (2) Pagbabasa sa mga Nobela ni Jun Cruz Reyes (5 STARS) is composed of three literary criticisms written by the three guys who are after this TAPAT journal. Christopher Mitch C. Cerda took on Tutubi, Tutubi, 'Wag Kang Magpapahuli sa Batang Salbahe and I thought I missed most of the messages that Reyes wanted to convey. Mark Benedict F. Lim discussed my favorite Reyes book, Etsa-Puwera and it brought back the memories of the great reading days that I had while reading the book. I particularly remembered fondly the statue of Tan-Yan that transfers from one place to another and the memorable character of Rosa Kalabaw. Lastly, my friend Edgar Calabia Samar's illuminating piece on Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali: Isang Imbestigasyon. I thought that the book was just about the migration of Filipino women from the rural area to work as domestic workers abroad. I did not see the critical relevance of the authobiography because Jun Cruz Reyes was a character in his (this) novel. These 3 great guys should write more of these pieces to help us all understand deeper the Tagalog novels that we read; (3) Pagtatapat Bldg. 2: Genevieve L. Asenjo (4 STARS) is a joy to read. The three gents interviewed Asenjo and asked not only about her works but also the writer's workshop held in Baguio. I've read and really liked Asenjo's first semi-erotic novel, Lumbay ng Dila and her naughtiness shows in the interview. Oh, I really want to guest her in one of our book discussions because reading her interview gave me the impression that she is not only brain (literary chair at DLSU, my alma mater) but also brawn and most importantly hot hehe. She also talked about Cirilo Bautista, her mentor and she had all respect to the guy (I did not know that Bautista is already old!) and the way Asenjo looked up to Bautista made me want to go the the bookstore and buy and read all his books.

That's how this book really moved me. It made me laugh (Hari Manawari), think and look back on the three wonderful Reyes' novels (Panayam 1) and feel interested on meeting a young lady writer (Panayam 2).

What a book. Worth every minute that I spent on it. If you want to read a well-written Tagalog fantasy novel, if you are a Jun Cruz Reyes' fan or if you are wondering who Genevieve L. Asenjo is, go for this book.

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